The Last Midwife
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Set in a small isolated mining town in Colorado, Gracy Brooken's entire life story is told in bits and pieces throughout the book, (along with other principal characters) from the time she was born and given away to be raised by a midwife. Schooled from a very young age, Gracy is only...more
Such difficult times, when so many children didn't live past their third birthdays and many woman did not survive childbirth. We are so fortunate now. Options ...more
Gracy is accused of murdering the son of a prominent mining family in Colorado. This not only threatens to ruin her career but it could put her away for life! Throughout the book we learn all about Gracy's career as a midwife, the secrets she keeps, and the ...more
I enjoy historical fiction and am drawn, in particular, to stories involving midwives. Gracy Brookens and her husband find themselves in a small mining ...more
The Last Midwife reminded me of an old favorite, A Lantern in Her Hand, both having elderly female main characters who totally won my heart. Since Bess Streeter Aldrich is one of my favorite authors, it's high praise to compare anyone to her.
When I pick up a Sandra Dallas book (okay, I've only read two, but so far...), the pleasant, slow-pace makes me go, "Well, this is one of those books I'll probably lay down after one chapter. It's ...more
Accused of a heinous crime, Gracy, the local mid-wife must choose between her honor or try to save herself by revealing the dark secrets of the ...more
Sandra Dallas knows how to tell a story that will resonate long after you've finished the book. "The Last Midwife" is no exception. Gracy and her husband Daniel live on The Tenmile in Colorado mining country. Daniel fancies himself a prospector but hasn't made enough money to keep them over the years. Gracy grew up with Granny Nabby, an old midwife who taught her everything she knows.
Midwifery is truly Gracy's calling. She prides herself on keeping women's ...more
Gracy learned her trade from an older woman and was delivering babies when she was ten years old.
Gracy lost few mothers and sometimes the newborns were too weak to survive.
One day she was accused of murder of an infant she had not delivered.
A hearing was held, next the case went before the court and jury. She was acquitted. The ending was a bittersweet event.
Sandra Dallas's books, never disappoint.
SUMMARY: The story of a midwife in 1800s Colorado fighting prejudice while trying to do "Gods work".
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The fact that this was, in a manner, historical fiction made me hopeful. There were some interesting historical facts to be gleaned. The central mystery was mildly engaging but easily resolved (except for that ridiculous twist at that end). ...more
Basically... Way too much about the necessity of abortion. It seemed more like a soap box than a novel.
For someone who hates babies as much as I do, I sure do like reading books about midwives.
Maybe it is because at one time it was the only opportunity available for women interested in health care. Maybe it is because midwives aren't taking any lip from anyone. I don't know.
This story takes place in an isolated Colorado mining town high up in the mountains. The men here are miners, looking for the claim that is going to make them rich. They head out into the mountains in the summer for months at ...more
The Last Midwife has all these things, as well as ...more
In the late nineteenth century, Gracy is the only midwife in an isolated community in ...more
I've read some of Ms. Dallas' works that I've absolutely loved. And some I couldn't finish. I wish I could feel more consistent about her work.
This book was just sad. The topic was sad. The characters were mostly sad, except for the unbelievably perfect Gracy. The backstories were sad. The writing was anything but uplifting.
I had so looked forward to the next book from this author, hoping it would be wonderful. ...more
I liked this book much better than I had anticipated!
The title drew me in, as I have read and loved stories of midwives. In this one, Gracey is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town. It is set in 1880. She is compassionate, and forgiving. She truly has a gift for caring for women & babies. She is accused of strangling one of the babies she helps, and a trial takes place. There's a secret or two revealed at the end, one I hadn't expected.
This is a good read by Sandra ...more
Booooooring. Just couldn't make myself continue on with this one. At first, the premise was intriguing, and I actually really enjoyed the main character's personality. But too long went on without anything happening, and I didn't find myself caring that much about any of the characters or what the outcome of the mystery would be.
I also found all of the “ah ha” revelations (except the last) to be too predictable
A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff ...more