Read: April 2015
Synopsis: (Goodreads) At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.
Review: This was a surprising book and I did love it for the most part. Each chapter is a story in and of itself of the different people who Jennifer Worth lives with and meets. There are characters in both the convent and in the East End slums.
I must say that i did learn a lot about this time period and area in London. I did not know a lot about it and it was enlightening, and sad and hopeful at the same time. The people were a different group of people who had it hard…very hard but still survived…and pumped out babies. It’s also goes to show how wonderful birth control is.
You meet a lot of different people. Loving couples who can’t seem to stop producing. Women who are in abusive relationship and can barely take care of themselves and their children. Kids who are loved and taken care of and kids who live in squalor. You also meet some great people from an older nun who just causes trouble to another midwife who is so big and clumsy you can’t help but love her.
I know it was turned in to a television show but I have not watched it and no plans on it either. As a book it’s a great read, as I said you learn things. It’s not long and not big and the writing is done well. I went on to read the other books…and maybe one day might review them too 😉
For anyone who is a mother or has a mother I think you will love this book. I also think that anyone who likes a good biography this one is for you.