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The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
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Sep 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from September 17 to 26, 2012

The story held my interest and the ending was quite touching. I enjoyed this book although there were a few anachronism, mostly about attitudes of the time period. For instance, a white man doesn't want his wife to go to the "colored" doctor. The midwife wonders why the hue of a doctor's skin matters. In the 1930's racial prejudice was deeply imbedded in the white person's consciousness and African Americans, even if doctors, were not seen as worthy by whites. Even though she is an urban Northerner, I think she'd be more aware. She states that the soldiers of the Civil War would be about 70. At the time of the book, the war had been over for 65 years. Why not say ancient and leave it at that?

These are picky, I know, but they were things that stood out to me and with a book set in an historical period, I don't want to be noticing things like this.

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