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review 2018-02-02 00:00
Midwife in Behruz
Midwife in Behruz - Judy Meadows With a thirst for adventure and a conflicted heart, one woman sets out to find herself and ends up discovering the world. Layla is a woman of strength. She gives of herself freely, but dreams of more then what she currently has. Her courage leads her into uncharted territory. Her life is back in the states. Texas holds structure. From a waiting fiance to a promising career, but she finds her heart in the rugged terrain and uncivilized culture of Behruz. In the arms of a man who offers no promises and the world of a people who need her expertise. She's found her voice, but is it worth the heartache and prejudice she continues to face? Midwife In Behruz has a heroine with the courage to challenge her world and change her destiny. Heroes and heroines aren't born they are made.
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review 2017-11-22 04:38
Book Review: Midwife for Souls by Kathy Kalina
Midwife For Souls - Kathy Kalina

A gently written book with some good advice for caring for the terminally ill. Unfortunately, the strong Christian religious dogma was to the detriment of the overall good that this book could offer caregivers.

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text 2017-10-21 20:00
#30DaysofReadathon - Day 20 through 11
Kiss of Crimson - Lara Adrian
Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End - Jennifer Worth
London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford
Night - Elie Wiesel,Robert McAfee Brown,Fran├žois Mauriac,Stella Rodway
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb

Continuing on with challenge...

 

Day 20 Best - Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian (the best out of the Midnight Breed series; Dante and Tessa is my favorite couple)

 

Day 19 Graphic - that's easy, my favorite graphic is the Wonder Woman symbol.

 

Day 18 Alternative - I participate in the 24 in 48 read-a-thon and Bout of Books, two alternatives to the Dewey.

 

Day 17 Listen - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

 

Day 16 Green - Call the Midwife, Volume 3: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth

 

Day 15 Thick - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford

 

Day 14 Thin - Night by Elie Wiesel

 

Day 13 Genre - My favorite will always be the romance genre. Hands down.

 

Day 12 Exercise - does pushing my luck or getting a good temper started count? I guess I like to walk in the Thetford Forest next to my house.

 

Day 11 Exciting - Naked in Death by JD Robb

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review 2017-10-06 00:00
Midwife's Marvel
Midwife's Marvel - Caroline Lee,River's ... Midwife's Marvel - Caroline Lee,River's End Ranch I loved this book. To be fair, I've enjoyed the previous 28 books in this series also, but this book hits a personal spot for me. My bff in a home birth midwife. Until 10 years ago I didn't realize such a thing existed. But over the past 10 years of watching her I have formed a great respect and love for these women. The support they offer and the bond they form with their mama's is amazing. There is not a lot of contemporary stuff out there about today's midwives. Sure you read about them in historical novels but even then it's usually in passing because the main character of the story is the lady having the baby. As soon as I realized that Caroline was writing about a contemporary midwife I was beyond excited. The story is very good and I hope that Alison will be seen in future books as some of the other ladies at River's End Ranch decide to follow Ellie's footsteps and have a home birth. I definitely recommend this book and not just because of the midwife stuff; it's great from start to finish. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
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review 2017-05-28 00:00
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth,Nicola Barber This was my first experience with an audiobook in a long while - I have vivid memories of experiencing Redwall and Harry Potter that way - but this was a good experience. My only issue with the format is how much longer it takes to listen to a book rather than simply reading it.

Call the Midwife seemed the clear choice since my husband and I have made it a ritual to bawl our fucking eyes out every so often to an episode of the BBC drama inspired by these memoirs. I enjoyed Worth's writing so long as I didn't read too much into her judgemental language and unseemly romanticizing of the past. And yes, I am taking into account the times she lived in. The fact remains that these were written in the modern era and she was clearly an intelligent woman. She could have corrected the prose without sacrificing the authenticity of those she was writing about. Historians do it all the time.

So, once I accepted the rose-colored lenses we were able to enjoy the ride to the airport, and back. The sole failure of the voice actress performing the book was Cynthia. Cynthia was described as having one of the those voices. Slow and sexy, compelling. The reading did not translate, it sounded more like Cynthia was a bit "touched".

Yes, the show is better, but these memoirs give a more complete picture of what the East End and life was like.
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