Widow Martha Cade is an accomplished woman. In the tradition of her family, she serves her community of Trinity as a midwife. The Midwife’s Tale, by Delia Parr, opens in 1830 as Martha is delivering a baby. Afterwards, at the celebration she learns that her daughter, Victoria, has run away with a theater troupe which, in the year 1830, is scandalous. After a three month search for Victoria ends in failure, broken hearted Martha returns to Trinity with the hope that her daughter will return. Unfortunately, Martha faces even more challenges upon return home. A new doctor has set up a practice and may be a threat to Martha professionally. Old romantic feelings for a man from her past resurface. A minister and a group of orphans move to Trinity and at the same time crime increases. Are they the perpetrators or just scape goats? With every turn, Martha’s faith is tested. Is she expected to cope on her own?
The author has crafted an engaging tale which takes place in a rich setting. The novel is filled with well-depicted characters, interesting back stories, mystery and heartfelt emotions. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
I received this book for free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.