Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Midwife's Dilemma by Delia Parr ~ A Review

A Season of Change Brings Uncertainty
But Also the Promise of Even Better Things to Come

Midwife Martha Cade has made up her mind. When Mayor Thomas Dillon returns in February, she is finally going to marry him. Unfortunately, that's the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast--from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha's growing realization she'll soon need to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger. Even her beloved town of Trinity seems to be changing daily.

It is a season that will set the course for the rest of her life. Martha will need every ounce of confidence, courage, and faith she possesses to overcome the obstacles that will no doubt arise to make the changes in her life far more challenging and difficult than she can dare to imagine.

My Thoughts:
This is the third in the At Home at Trinity series. When I requested it, I was assured that it could stand alone. It can. But. I feel like there is back story that would enhance this storyline and reveal nuances of character that I am missing. If you want to read the series, I suggest starting with the first book, because this book does mention some of what happened earlier in the other books.

When I read this book, I felt like I'd gone visiting. Nothing really exciting or dramatic happens outwardly. The dilemma, in fact there is more than one, occurs within the thoughts and emotions of midwife Martha Cade. The paragraphs of description above accurately explain what the book is all about. The turmoil is real, but it is primarily within. Some books are dramatic, or suspenseful, or romantic, this one was more an abiding, a resting, something like going to visit old friends and catch up on their lives. I enjoyed getting to know these characters, but I didn't feel compelled to read the next chapter. As a result, it took me longer to read the book. Because the pace was slow, it was easy for my thoughts to be interrupted. This is no doubt in part due to not having read the first two books. I think perhaps issues were being resolved that had significance that I didn't realize.

So, while this isn't a book that compelled me to read it, it was a nice place to go visit in my imagination. I do think, as one review stated, if you like Jan Karon's Mitford series of books, you will most likely enjoy this series as well.



  1. Laura, I'm so glad you came by Poofing the Pillows today. You have a beautiful blog! I love book reviews and participate in a book club. It's fun to come across something new. :)

  2. There seem to be a lot of books about midwives recently. A fashionable occupation?

    1. I'm not sure Amalia. One of my daughters is looking into it.

  3. Very kind review. You did an excellent job of describing this book. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I used to read a lot but once computers came into my life, I am not reading much now. Now, I want to go make Cocoa Coconut Meringue Pie...:)

  5. uh o....no recipe linked to your pretty pies

    1. No recipe because my husband told me I cannot share it. :( So sorry!

  6. Hi BJ,
    My maiden name is Conklin. My family is from SE Iowa and NE Missouri. I don't meet Conklins very often. ~smile~

    I'll bet cocoa coconut meringue pie is awesome! I used to make one with cocoa, coconut, and pecans. Yummy!

    I'm so glad you stopped by and said hello.
    Have a wonderful weekend!


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