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The Birth House by Ami McKay
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Aug 16, 11

bookshelves: canada, wwi-era, favorite, summer-road-trip-read
Read from July 22 to 31, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Loved, Loved, Loved this book.

Strong woman, remote Nova Scotian village during WWI era.

This is the story of Dora Rare - the first daughter in five generations of Rares. As WWI sets in & Dora's older brothers go off to fight in the war, Dora becomes an apprentice to Louisiana born, midwife Miss Marie Babineau. Miss B. has practical solutions, home remedies and practices midwifery in a time when the doctors are starting to push women toward sedated hospital births. Miss Babineau is a strong-willed, clever & old.

As the story unfold's Dora unflinchingly deals with the choices she has made (not all good). She shows strength and character. Dora's courage is inspiring. Dora forms strong supportive bonds with "women from away" (Bertine Tupper, Sadie Loomer, Mabel Thorp, Ginny Jessup)in the Occasional Knitter's Society, a bit on the fringe themselves.

My other favorite characters are Dora's brother Charlie and is long-time lover, then wife Maxine Cabott.

Notes from the Willow Book at the end of the novel plants, herbs and their medicinal uses.
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