“Where is your bookmark?”
My bookmark is in the novel, “The Midwife of Hope River” by Patricia Harman. The first sentence immediately brings you into the story. Patience Murphy is the titular character in the Appalachian Mountains. Through the first few pages of the story, I got the tension of her character as she is escaping her previous life in Pittsburgh although I do not know yet why. This novel is also set in the early 20th century, which did not have the medical advancements most reader are accustomed to now. The tools and knowledge Patience acquires only amplifies how she can deliver children and encourage mothers in a moment of vulnerability and possibility.
So far, the writing is gentle, hopeful, and mysterious. Patience is being presented as a curious and wonderful character in the lonesome of her life and the people she works with as a Midwife.