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Summary

Three generations of women. Secrets in the present and from the past. A captivating tale of life, loss, and love...

Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy - including the identity of the baby's father - hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother Grace finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship.

For Floss, Neva's grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva's situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter's - one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva's pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it.

Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

©2015 Sally Hepworth (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • Klara
  • 19-02-15

very believable characters

great book and glimpse into the daily lives and struggles of midwives! This is especially true if you understand the importance and relevance midwives play in childbirth! it's important to note that this book takes place today, not in the past! midwives are still very active in the childbirth community! i prefer them to obgyns any day!

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  • i got it!
  • 08-03-17

i liked it!

such a different read for me....not sure i would have chosen it, but it was for book club. i liked it very much.

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  • Corina
  • 16-04-16

Great story.

Could not "turn it off". Each character was perfect in being presented; thanks to the narrator.

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  • Kelly Krenkel
  • 17-02-15

room for improvement

The book is probably better read than listened too. the narrator made all the characters in their 30s sound like young teenagers and it was difficult to keep track of which characters she was reading. Overall the book has enough twists to keep it interesting.

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  • MissyKuss
  • 17-09-21

I think I would have enjoyed this story more if …

I had read it, instead of listening on Audible. I’ve always loved and been interested in midwifery and that’s why I chose it. It was good enough, but entirely too predictable. The narrators voice and childish tone that she ascribed to the main character was nauseating. I don’t want to be unkind. I’ve done voice work, and it’s not an easy endeavor, but I would have thought it insulting to the author’s character. She sounded just like a whiny child. If you decide to read this (somewhat fluffy) book, I highly recommend you read it, don’t listen.

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  • Kimberly Krupke
  • 07-03-18

Enter the world of Midwives

Wonderful story with quite calming narrative with great moments of excitement. Loved every single moment

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  • Kathryn
  • 30-05-21

Narration is awful

The story is okay, but I couldn’t deal with the narration. Overall, quite a disappointment.

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  • Miss Marie
  • 06-02-21

Meh

This book was my least favorite by this author. The narration made it less enjoyable. The narrator was perfect for the grandmother character, good for the middle aged character, but all wrong for the late twenties character- it was distracting and she sounded like a fairy godmother instead of a young woman. I’d spend my credit on something else.

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  • Regina
  • 27-11-20

Could not listen to the narrator

I think the storyline might be good - I honestly couldn't take the narrator's voice. She talks in that little girl voice that is like nails on a chalkboard. I tried to get past it and I enjoy Sally Hepworth - please re-record this with another narrator

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  • Pamma
  • 08-10-16

Your Average good story to kill time with.

It was a good story, just nothing really remarkable about it. I did find it annoying that the reader read all three parts in the same voice, if you missed hearing the name at the beginning, you had no clue who you were listening to. Btw, while Grace may have had some accent due to her mother's speech, Neva would have no such thing at all being 2nd generation. All in all, it was a disappointment.

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