The Amish Midwife's Hope
The Amish Midwife’s Hope by Barbara Cameron has Rebecca Zook, a widow and midwife, living in Paradise, Pennsylvania. Rebecca lost her husband two years prior in a farming accident. She loves being a midwife, but Rebecca longs for children of her own. Samuel Miller, a widower, with his six-year-old daughter, Lizzie moves to town after inheriting a farm from his uncle. He took Rebecca out to lunch and they were having a good time until he learned that she is a midwife. Samuel’s deceased wife, Ruth died giving birth and Rebecca’s occupation brings up painful reminders. Samuel tries going out with another maedel in the community, but he only has eyes for Rebecca. Samuel asks Rebecca out for dinner, and the pair decide to take their relationship slow despite pressure from Lizzie, family members, and the bishop. Samuel’s pregnant sister moves to town and goes into labor on a night a snowstorm blows into town. Samuel is present in the house and old memories begin to surface. Is Samuel truly ready to move forward with his life and can he do so with a midwife?
The Amish Midwife’s Hope by Barbara Cameron is the first novel in A Hearts of Lancaster County series. This is an inspiring novel. I thought the story was well-written with developed characters. Rebecca Zook and Samuel Miller were two people who had both lost their spouses in tragic circumstances. They meet and there is an instant spark of attraction between them. You could tell that they were excited at the prospect of a new relationship, but they were also scared. They wonder if it is the right time to move on and should they risk their heart again. It is also exciting because this relationship is different from the one they had with their first spouse. They did not grow up with each other, so they have so much to learn about each other. You could feel the characters emotions. Lizzie, Samuel’s daughter, was a delight. She was precocious and added humor to the story. I liked that we get to see what life is like for an Amish midwife. It is more than delivering healthy babies to happy parents. Emma Graber is someone that needs Rebecca’s help and guidance. I hope we get the rest of her story in a future book. The Amish Midwife’s Hope was an engaging story. I am looking forward to reading The Amish Baby Finds a Home when it comes out next year. The Amish Midwife’s Hope is a poignant novel about life, family, grief, friendship, love, and second chances.
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