I am embarrassed to say that I have just this week read The Last Midwife. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher over two years ago. At that time, I was neck-deep in finishing my graduate degree, and then soon busy with all those things that keep me busy. Since 95% of my reading happens in the car through the magic of Audible, actually picking up a non-work-related book to read happens infrequently.
Needless to say, once I finally cracked the cover of this book I could not put it down. It is the story of a Colorado midwife, set in a mountain town over a hundred years ago. It includes birth, death, intrigue, a trial, and the kind of details that pass muster with this midwife. I detest spoilers, so I won’t tell you much about the storyline.
Sandra Dallas is to be commended for taking the time to research both the history and practice of midwifery to such an extent that the book felt not only plausible, but authentic and true. I’m doing a bit of a fangirl, and hoping maybe some day I’ll be able to meet her in person as she is a Denver author and resident.
I very much enjoy historical fiction, and midwifery fiction is even closer to my heart. To find the two in one well-written and compelling book is an ideal way to spend a weekend.