The Last Midwife

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.