The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim

The MidwifeThe Midwife by Jolina Petersheim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of fiction these days, but the premise of this book intrigued me. A midwife in the Mennonite community struggles with secrets from her past and finds it difficult to allow herself to get close to anyone.
Without giving too much away, a young woman (Beth) agrees to be a gestational surrogate for a professor and his wife. What that means is that the baby inside her is not connected to her biologically but is genetically the baby of the professor and his wife. When during the pregnancy some abnormalities are seen and the parents consider having the baby aborted, Beth flees in an effort to protect the baby.
The book goes back and forth between different characters and different times (1996 and 2014). In the process the full story is unveiled for the reader. The author does a good job of piecing things together.
This was a great read and kept me reading to find out the full story and the outcome of the choices that various people had made throughout the years. Dealing with real issues in this modern world we live in, the emotional angst that Beth goes through is real and raw.
Wonderfully written book and recommended reading.

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my review.

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