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The Last Midwife
by Sandra Dallas

PBR Review Gracy is a midwife in a small mining town in Colorado. She has a deep love of midwifery and is devoted to her family. Reading her story draws the reader into the life of a woman and a midwife living in 1880. Life was hard, you had to be tough to survive and Gracy was this; but she was also warm, caring and prided herself on being trustworthy. But not everything is idyllic; the story has tension and mystery. One of most influential men in this small town accuses Gracy of murdering his son. This was an interesting twist for several reasons; it throws some light on the court systems back then and it shows the treatment of women in this time period. Gracy was easy to like, but all the characters were well developed and at the end of the book, I had a new appreciation of the advances we made as a society.Back.
Talking Points: Gracy, her life, tenacity, strength and values will be great for book club discussion. There are a lot of womens issues covered in this book too. Midwifery is an interesting topic and since this story takes place at a time when doctors were taking over the practice, it will make for even better discussion. The book also touches on adultery, loyalty and a mothers love.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is well researched historical fiction on what is was like to be a midwife an a woman in an 1880 mining town. Good book club book.
by-Linda 2017/04/12, 09:59 AM

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