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I had high hopes for this tale set in hard hit depression-era rural West Virginia. I had read several reviews that favorably compared this book to the Call the Midwife series--I can't agree with that comparison. Instead, to me, the characters lacked charm, depth and the development necessary to make them really engaging. The story circled around and became so repetitive that I gave up due to boredom. What's more, I found the narration sing-song in style and perky even when it was inappropriate based on what was happening in the story line. Such potential wasted. I wish I had given this snoozer a pass. Recommended only if you like a simple, slow and low stress listen about hard times in America.
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I don't know why I came back to listen to Patricia Harman's second book in this series. I was hoping maybe the leftist midwife in the first book of this series was a one off.
I'm fascinated by stories about midwives, so I thought I would try her second book in the series. She's a good writer, but she can't seem to write a novel without making it clear that she's a leftist and against capitalism. Her other books lean very left and the female protagonist is an anti-religious, radical leftist (according to her words in her books).
So, I was not completely surprised when I listened to the second book and found that it wasn't just one book, and a fluke. No... if you are a conservative, you won't feel comfortable listening/reading her books. I certainly didn't. The filthy language used by the women in a time when this country was supposed to be more innocent, shows that I was probably naive and thinking that 100 years ago, women watched their mouths and behaved more like ladies.
The narrator, Heather Henderson was good, and she's the reason I stayed with the book.
If Ms. Harmon weren't pushing an agenda, I'd probably read her other books. She's a good writer.
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