The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity Series #1)

The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity Series #1)

by Delia Parr


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Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she's hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha's world is shattered.

Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can't remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it's trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.

Praise for The Midwife's Tale

"Fans of Jan Karon's Mitford series should love Parr's work."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"This story has every good thing—believably flawed characters, romance, humor, and even a bit of mystery."—Julie Klassen, bestselling author of The Secret of Pembrooke Park

"I was reluctant to say farewell to my new friends from Trinity."—Bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher

"This book has plot twists that are rarely predictable and yet always plausible. Compelling."—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217333
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: At Home in Trinity Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 776,350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Delia Parr is the author of sixteen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including The Midwife's Tale, Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a longtime high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida's sunny west coast. In between visits to her grandchildren in several different states, she spends her time writing and volunteering alongside other women who share a bond of sisterhood as sisters of faith.

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The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical fiction. I enjoyed the knowlege of midwifery the author used including herbs used and the predjudice the midwife faced. My great grandmother was a midwife educated by the 2nd female MD in the Utah territory who saw the need for women's healthcare and started a school for midwives. This book answered several practices I didn't know about. A very worthwhile read!
TMS-Avid_Reader_Am_I_0828 More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in the series: At Home in Trinity and Bethany House released it June 2, 2015. It is labeled as a Historical Romance. One thing I liked about this book was the main female character was middle aged like myself. I don’t know, but it seems like there isn’t a lot females in that age bracket in books. Yes - she is a Widow, but in that time period the average person would live to only 40 years of age. I’m a lady in my 40’s, so I was able to relate to her in that sense. I like the fact the Martha was portrayed in a traditional role that was handed from one woman to the following generation but was shown to have some difficulties of her own when her daughter up & leaves while Martha was away with a patient. We watch her interactions with those around around her as she learns to place her struggles in hands of her Faith. When I next visit the library, I want to check out series: Hearts Along the River and the Candlewood Trilogy. I would like to compare them to this book. As I get older I have found that me taste in books has grown more towards the Christian themed books as they tend to be cleaner to read. Don’t get me wrong I still read the other genres, but I do enjoy an easy read. And having said that, I deemed this book to be worthy of a 4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every post here is a plot spoilers telling the entire storyline. Why do you people feel the need to ruin the book for other readers? You do not have to give a blow by blow readers digest condensed version of the book. Just state if its good or not and stop.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
The latest book I'm reviewing is The Midwife's Tale by Delia Parr. It is set in Pennsylvania in 1830, where main character Widow Martha Cade works as a midwife in a small town. Her world is turned upside-down by many events, starting with her teenage daughter running off with a theater troupe. I expected this book to be a romance (just because so many of the books I review are), but this really isn't one. There is a hint of romance to it, but mainly it is just Martha's story, so the title is very apt. By the way, mentioning that it isn't a romance is in no way a negative! I really enjoyed this book. It delves deeply into Martha's life and several challenges, or "gifts," cause her to open her eyes wide to areas of her life that she didn't realize needed examining. Martha gets through all of her trials with grace and faith, and her character is well-developed and endearing. There were several times that I thought I knew where the story was heading, but I was mistaken. Several secondary characters were quite intriguing, especially Will and Samuel. This is a book about life, which often meanders in ways we don't expect, and the tale is well-told. I also appreciated the historical details, including the medical and midwifery knowledge of the day. I highly recommend this book. I was given this book by the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
I felt there were some similarities to the PBS show Lark Rising and Jane Kirkpatrick's books. If you know either, you know you'll be in love with Martha and this town setting quickly. Full of wisdom and insight in the life of a woman. Self examining, lessons learned, wisdom to pass along that will help others to become stronger. Lessons of Christian faith as well. 1830 Western Pennsylvania. Christian Historical. The author says, "I hope The Midwife’s Tale will place midwifery and herbal treatments in historical perspective." A deeply satisfying story that will endear you to the characters, rooting for them along the way and feeling every bump in their road. Martha is a midwife, trained by her Grandmother whose Mother had been a midwife and hers before her through the generations. She took the responsibility of delivering babies and taking care of children very seriously, continuing a diary that served as a record of births for the area. But a couple of things threw her a curve ball. Her daughter ran away while she was out on a call, and a new doctor came to town while she was away looking for her. She tried to find her daughter without success and returned home to find the new doctor trying to deliver a baby. This is a time when doctors had a way of treating pregnancy as an illness, with policies of bloodletting and purging, contrary to what midwives did using natural ways. She learns that even though life changes, you can still do your best to be kind and help others, persevering even when others are unkind. A bird in a cage and a young orphan boy come into her life, and she finds new meaning and worth in taking care of them as well as the other people in the small town of Trinity, which for all it's faults will make you love it and want to come back. "In the end, we must trust God to know what is best before we do, and to know that one day He will shower us with joy equal to the pain we have endured.” Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #TheMidwifesTale #NetGalley #DeliaParr #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! I couldn't stop reading it!
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A delightful read. I recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of faith, hardship and life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My style of reading no smut
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover. It held my interest through all. First time reading a Delia Parr book but I really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very nice read,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I love reading about herbs and alternative healing. However, this author was all over the place. Which made for some slow reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing and great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the author intertwined the real life struggles of a strong single mom with romance and learning about historical midwifery. I got the first book free, and enjoyed it so much that I purchased the other two books in the series.
pitterpatter13 More than 1 year ago
This book could've been good but the author tried to put too many tales into one book. I think only a few would've sufficed. In addition to too many tales, there were too many characters and they all became too confusing to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Delia Parr!
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
Boring & WAY too preachy! Christian fiction is good but not when it's the total focus.
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Writer4God More than 1 year ago
I hate to give negative reviews, but sometimes it can't be helped. This book was, for the most part, extremely boring. I feel like it could have been done way better, as there were some good ideas and plots presented, but unfortunately, they were nothing more than ideas, because hardly anything happened in this book. (SPOILERS AHEAD) By the end of chapter one Martha finds out that her daughter has run off with a troupe of traveling actors and decides she should leave to try and find her. At that point, I'm thinking, "Oh, exciting! Already the book is starting off with a journey! Maybe it will even switch to Victoria's POV and show some snippets of her life as a traveling actor!" Not so. Chapter two starts off with Martha returning from her journey three months later and then gives us a hardy dose of narrative summary of how she failed to find Victoria and what happened on her journey. In fact, whenever anything exciting was about to happen in this book it skipped over it and instead tells us how it went in the next chapter or scene. When I read a book, I want to be thrown right into the action, I want to experience everything right along with the characters. I do not want to read about how it all went down after it's over with. No thank you. The book did have a few exciting, right there in the action scenes, but not enough to really count. So basically the book was about Martha wandering around the town thinking about how she's failed as a mother, thinking about what she's going to do. She eats a ton of sweets, befriends a bird and a little boy, and there are a few birth scenes, but really not as many as there should have been considering the book's title. And then there's her love interest... at least I think he was her love interest?? I don't know, because they loved each other in the past but now all she does is think about how she turned him down in the past and is now confused about her feelings for him, and said love interest might as well have been a cardboard cutout. One thing I did like was the friendship that started to grow between Martha and the new doctor who moved into town. (Maybe he was the love interest?? But he's young enough to be her son!) So, in conclusion, I feel like this book was sorely lacking, and that the author might have had a good idea for a book ending, or a series, but had to come up with some kind of beginning and middle so she threw some stuff in that was pretty irrelevant to the plot. I have a feeling the next book might dive into more action and finally get things rolling, but if that's the case, this book really didn't need to exist, and unfortunately I won't know because I have no interest in reading the next book in the series. I give this book a rating of 2.5 out of 5 because of the ideas that were good, the few scenes that did grip my interest, and the friendship between Martha and Doctor McMillan. (and I also enjoyed learning a bit about what midwifery was like back in those days). I was provided a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr is the start to the series At Home in Trinity, and is about Widow Martha Cade who’s profession is a midwife. I found all the details of midwifery very interesting: for instance that the husbands stayed with their wives and held them on a birthing stool, how midwives usually ran in the family, and all the other details of how a midwife assisted deliveries. While all of the history was fascinating, I also enjoyed the Widow Cade herself. She had been widowed for 10 years with two children and lived with her brother and sister-in-law who ran a tavern. She was also a very brave and strong woman. In this character driven story we watch how Martha relies on God and even when she receives devastating news, she does not shirk her responsibilities and does not let those who depend on her down. We have a whole cast of secondary characters that move the story forward and we have hints of a romance that has been sparked again even after so many years have passed. In this first book of the series, Martha has to now deal with a young new doctor who considers her ways archaic, a new ‘academy’ of orphan boys, and a whole town dealing with a mystery of robberies. I have always enjoyed author Delia Parr’s stories and I look forward to continuing this series. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
JCgirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this series The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1), The Midwife's Choice (#2), The Midwife's Dilemma (#3) a midwife in 1831's. In these books, she addresses many problems women face today. I like reading about 1800 when our country was young and growing. A group of women in their community who work and pray for the betterment of their town.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Midwife's Tale is an entertaining book. It is the first book in the At Home in Trinity series. It takes place in rural Pennsylvania in the 1830's. The characters are realistic and informative. The setting is descriptive. The story line keeps your attention. The book includes scandals, romance, lost children and faith. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
So wonderful. This is the first book in a new series called At Home in Trinity. Martha is a midwife from generations of midwife's. She figured her daughter would follow in her footsteps when she runs away and joins a traveling troupe of actors. She goes off to try to find her and when she comes back to town without her daughter she is troubled to find that a new doctor is in town and trying to take her patients. She has many trials and tribulations before she might find happiness. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.