The Mountain Midwife

Written by:
Laurie Alice Eakes
Narrated by:
Tiffany Morgan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2018
10 hours 28 minutes
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.

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?
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This story was very good. I could see it playing out like a heart warming drama with just the right amount of edgy reality.

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Very entertaining! Nice clean love story with many twists and turns in the main characters backgrounds, economics and demographics. Enjoyable and worth the listen.

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The story was good but I didn’t feel it reached it’s full potential. The ending was abrupt and flat. There were a few places where the recording repeated itself.

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Carmel S.

I had mixed feelings about this book, and eventually the negative ones won out. Note: This book has a strong Christian perspective, so don't read it if that bothers you. It didn't bother me at all, but other things did. On the positive side, it's well written and engaging, and I am familiar with the beautiful region where it's set. It was interesting to read about the life of a mountain midwife. On the negative, the main character and all her friends and co-workers and even the town sheriff, are all depicted as not just attractive but drop-dead, movie star gorgeous with perfect hair, designer clothes, toned supermodel bodies and exquisitely designed homes, amazing careers etc. Meanwhile the poor mountain women are all overweight smokers with overbleached hair who look too old for their age and don't have the sense to live the way the way the midwife's friends and favorite (rich) patients do. It became really distasteful after a while so I said goodbye to this one.

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decent listen, I like the story. My only issue was the narrator (I feel bad critiquing narration) BUT the voice was always high and upbeat, even with men, even during parts that called for a sadder? voice. Every sentence ended in a question with the narrator even if it had a period, explanation mark etc. Could have been much better.

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Carol M.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing and the narration were both good. I enjoyed the portrayal of the tradition of midwifery in the Appalachian Mountains, and the portrayal of the people who live there in conditions of extreme poverty. The only two negative comments I have are with regard to the incident in Europe that thrust Hunter into the spotlight. It was never fully explained. Plus, the editing of the audio version had some errors. There were at least five sections in which A sentence or two were repeated.

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Terri D.

I adored this book about the lives of woman in the Appellation Mountains. How they relied on the Midwife for delivering their babies and also for her friendship. The story dwells into the lives of these woman and their menfolk with the plot of the story broadening wider to include more twisting of the plot as the story winds its ways to a beautiful ending.

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