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Once a Midwife

A Hope River Novel
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Hope River, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times best-selling author Patricia Harman’s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, faces the challenges of the home front during World War II.

The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war...and it can only be a matter of time before the US enters the fray.

And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience’s husband, Daniel, is not. Daniel is a patriot - but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War and has vowed never to take up arms again. 

His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable - to the neighbors who might judge them and to the government, who imprisons Daniel for his beliefs.

Patience must support their family and fight for her husband’s release despite her own misgivings. And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time...relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all through.

©2018 Patricia Harman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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So boring

I don't know what I expected but it was certainly something more - this is a good novel for sending you to sleep

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  • Asheley
  • 26-11-18

Good, just slightly short of great.

I was eager to dive into this one as I'm such a huge fan of this series and of Patience the midwife. This story picks up in 1941-42 when the US is entering what will be eventually known as World War II. Patience's husband Daniel served overseas during the first World War and still isn't over the trauma from what he saw and did. Even though he is very patriotic, he does not support this war effort, and his efforts at avoiding the war and signing up for the draft (even though he has his reasons) cause a ton of trouble for Patience and their four young children. This story is about the tension and stress they all endure as a result of Daniel's beliefs and his eventual imprisonment for refusing to sign up for the draft.

I'll admit that while this was a story that I didn't stop listening to (or turning the pages, as I listened while I also read a paperback), it was just slightly less compelling to me as the first two books in the Hope River series. Whether it is because I was missing that people-helping-people community vibe from the Depression-era setting in the first two stories, or whether it is because WWII stories are less interesting - I just felt Patience's stress deeply. Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed the audiobook tremendously and will certainly reread. And I'm glad for the ending that the author gave this one. But I'm hopeful that this author will write another Hope River story with a little more happiness for these two.

Tavia Gilbert does a nice job narrating. I'm not sure why they went with a different narrator for this story when Anne Wittman also did a nice job portraying Patience in the first book; I am always confused by mid-series changes. I did think that Bitsy's portrayal was so very different than I typically imagine her (and so different than she has been portrayed via audio in the first two books) that it brought me completely out of the story every time she spoke. Still, I enjoyed listening to this story and I'd recommend this audiobook for those interested. I think it was well worth the credit that I spent on it.

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  • 20-05-20

Excellent end to Trilogy.

This is such a good storyline. I hope there are more novels about “Hope River”.

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  • Jeanne North
  • 27-01-20

Not as good as anticipated

The story itself was pretty good however the narration was terrible. The use of children’s voices and off key singing was very distracting and some times painful to listen to.

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  • Miss Lyn
  • 17-06-19

No singing please.

I really wanted to love this book. The narration made it very hard to listen t to and I gave up

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  • Arynkat
  • 08-05-19

Ok. not as good as previous books.

This book was not as good as other books in the series. not as many births. too much war drama.

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  • jenny ouellette
  • 11-04-19

Not what I thought

This probably just isn't the book for me. I prefer no cuss words. I won't be listening to this reading.

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  • Theresa Myers
  • 03-04-19

I’m sorry I really tried to like this!

I am a big fan of Patricia Harman’s books, but I just could not get into this one!! Terribly disappointed! What happened to the wonderful writer that I have enjoyed so much in the past. She hardly talked midwifery and it just seemed liked she was struggling to write the story.
I really did try to like this book!! I would recommend her other books about Patience and all the other characters.
Thank you!

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  • Inga Arts
  • 27-02-19

The story line great... but

Tavia is an amazing narrator. I’ve listened to a number of Patricia’s books and she uses a lot of song lyrics. It’s so annoying when the narrator can’t even give the right inflection. Tavia does an amazing job. She brings life to the story!

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  • Lorra
  • 11-01-19

Interesting

Have always liked these stories; however, this one the storyline seemed more focused on the war and how it affected them with the midwife role an afterthought.

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  • patrice
  • 19-11-18

Please dont purchase this!

Worn out, innacurate story lines, and very annoying singing! I should have returned it immediately.