The Last Midwife

The Last Midwife

Book - 2015
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It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town where she has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies in her lifetime. The women of Swandyke trust and depend on Gracy, and most couldn't imagine getting through pregnancy and labor without her by their sides.

But everything changes when a baby is found dead...and the evidence points to Gracy as the murderer.

She didn't commit the crime, but clearing her name isn't so easy when her innocence is not quite as simple, either. She knows things, and that's dangerous. Invited into her neighbors' homes during their most intimate and vulnerable times, she can't help what she sees and hears. A woman sometimes says things in the birthing bed, when life and death seem suspended within the same moment. Gracy has always tucked those revelations away, even the confessions that have cast shadows on her heart.

With her friends taking sides and a trial looming, Gracy must decide whether it's worth risking everything to prove her innocence. And she knows that her years of discretion may simply demand too high a price now...especially since she's been keeping more than a few dark secrets of her own.

With Sandra Dallas's incomparable gift for creating a sense of time and place and characters that capture your heart, The Last Midwife tells the story of family, community, and the secrets that can destroy and unite them.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250074461
1250074460
Characteristics: viii, 353 pages

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TheresaAJ
Oct 30, 2017

Although I'd read several of her earliest novels, it's been a while since I've read anything by Sandra Dallas. Although slow to start, this novel about a midwife in an 1880 Colorado mining town picked up momentum and sped to an unexpected climax. When Gracy Brookens is accused of murdering a newborn baby, her life is suddenly thrown into chaos. As she struggles to deal with the town's reaction and the biggest trial in years, Gracy questions whether it's time to retire if she isn't hanged. As secrets are revealed, Gracy comes to terms with her past choices and helps others to make new choices. The author is very deft at drawing historical details about the lives and very few choices that women had in that place and time.

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ctkvlk
Sep 15, 2017

I saw this book in a literary catalog and thought it was non-fiction, my preferred genre. However, this was a very good read (high praise for someone who isn't a novels person). Characters were well-written, setting was evocative and it was anything but predictable. Highly recommend it.

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sunnyrea56
Jul 20, 2017

Wonderful story. I couldn't wait to pick it up and start reading it. Surprise ending. Great look into life in the mining peoples lives in Colorado in 1880's. Easy read, enjoyable.

AL_JENNY Aug 25, 2016

Great story of a midwife in the high country of Colorado. This story kept me guessing until the end!

PimaLib_MaryG Aug 07, 2016

I stayed up into the wee hours to finish this wonderful story of a midwife falsely accused of murdering a baby. Sandra Dallas brings the rugged life of women in the Tenmile country of late nineteenth century Colorado. Her description of the geography and the characters really drew me in.

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genepy
Mar 07, 2016

A riveting novel with a formidable main female character , gifted, generous, intelligent, courageous and totally dedicated to her work . The reader admires her , bonds with her and suffers with her for she leads a harsh life with painful episodes.and challenges. A well-written ,fast paced story women readers are sure to enjoy.

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DanaKBurgess
Oct 14, 2015

Great story and a fast read. I couldn't put it down. I connected with and loved all the characters except the son. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, though.

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