The Mountain Midwife {book review}

For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community.  Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.                              

  The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes {book review} 

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The Mountain Midwife


Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.

Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.

Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?


Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature.  This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize.

While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed reading this book.  Eakes’ writing is squeaky clean and the faith element is consistent.  There are two points of view which sometimes alternate, and sometimes overlap, working well together in telling the story.  I identified with both of them, and they stayed with me after finishing the book.

One criteria upon which I judge a book is whether there are quotable phrases within its pages.  This book had several, for example this description of Heather on page 210:

“.. and one could have landed a spaceship in the circles beneath her eyes.”

The writing in Mountain Midwife is largely conversational and internal thoughts, which could show more depth or layering in the story, though the theme was consistent throughout.  There is a moment of self-realization for Ashley, which, though I am decades older than she, I identified with and learned from.

Though there were a small number of technical questions or criticisms, I really liked this book.  Well done, Laurie!  I love the way the book ended, much as each chapter, with enough left hanging to make the reader want to keep reading!

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers.  Opinions are my own.

My rating:  four stars

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