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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
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Sep 27, 12

Read from September 22 to 26, 2012

I found this book because the PBS series is due to start soon, which is based on this title. I enjoyed reading the book, and hope the tv series is done well. It actually reminded me a lot of the James Herriot series, All Creature Great and Small, because the author reminisces about particular patients and less about herself. However, I was confused and a bit frustrated at some of the writing. The author hints many times about her own life, but never follows through - she was desperately in love with someone, but we never know what happened, just that she was happily married years later (to who? why couldn't she be with the love of her life?), she can't take an important exam because of a broken shoulder (how did she break her shoulder? what impact did that have on her life? how was she able to go about her business with a broken shoulder?). While leaving out crucial information like that, she nevertheless repeats many sentences word-for-word, like how certain buildings were condemned but people were living in them anyway. It was almost like reading a jumble of stories that had been written at separate times and then compiled into one book. Anyway, I am going to try and hunt down the next two books and see if they shed any light on the first one.
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Caroline I really like your review. I enjoyed the book and the TV series but find the main character of Jenny Lee a little less than forthcoming. In fact I find her rather 'beige". I really enjoy the stories of the patients though.

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