The Mountain Midwife

Paperback | December 15, 2015

byLaurie Alice Eakes

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For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.

Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.

Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?

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For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.Ashley To...

Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. She now has nearly two dozen books in print...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031033344X

ISBN - 13:9780310333449


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Appalachian Story Sunday, February 14, 2016 The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes, © 2015 Brooks Ridge ~ Appalachia Southwest Virginia Another wonderful story by Laurie Alice Eakes. I so enjoy her stories so tightly knit together that you will not want to put it down until you have finished. The Mountain Midwife will have you holding on from the very beginning as midwife Ashley Tolliver has a late night visitor ~ a young pregnant woman she has not seen before ~ ready to deliver. Trying to stanch the bleeding following delivery of her baby, Ashley calls the local hospital on her cell phone to tell them to expect them soon. But as the youth are leaving, they take off, chased by a large black truck in pursuit. ~*~ Great Falls Northern Virginia Hunter McDermott's face is plastered all over the television news. Before returning from business in Portugal, he rescues a young child from running out in traffic as her family is close behind him. From this simple action, they are diverted from an explosion of a car bomb. From this media exposure, he receives a phone call from a woman, unknown to him, who claims to be his mother. Her last name is Brooks. Thus begins an adventure that will change the focus of his life and that of nurse-midwife Ashley Tolliver as they unravel the daily happenings that bring them together. Ashley has plans to attend medical school to become a doctor as her two brothers, returning to Brooks Ridge to have expanded knowledge to further be of help to the people who trust her. Hunter finds his beginnings are different than what he thought. I was so involved in Ashley's service to her patients and connection with her friends; loyal and putting them before herself, she brings comfort and stability to those near her. She is trustworthy and compassionate; steadfast in purpose. Over two hundred years, women in her family line had been trained as midwives. One such woman she is named after, as Ashley Esther Tolliver, is Esther, you may have read about in the third book in the Midwives series, Choices of the Heart. ***Thank you to author Laurie Alice Eakes for sending me a print copy of The Mountain Midwife for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite mix of romance and mystery Exquisite mix of romance and mystery. This is Laurie Alice Eakes first contemporary novel and I was completely captivated. Has all the intricacy and depth of her historical novels but with a modern twist. And woot -- book nerd alert -- Ashley is a direct descendant of Griff and Esther from Choices of the Heart and Tabitha and Dominick from Lady in the Mist. Loved that nod to her historical midwife series. I'm smitten by this setting. Eakes captures the essence of this Appalachian community. From the geography to the people -- especially the women -- through Ashley's midwifery connections. So much history and sense of belonging. Ashley is anchored in the knowledge of her roots while Hunter is unable to fathom the legacy of family steeped in generations of tradition. His quest to find his birth mother brings these two together and they are soon immersed in a mystery with some surprising twists. Mired in secrets from the past, the slow-building suspense begins to draw them closer. Theirs is a breath-taking and soul-stirring journey towards love. Exquisitely tender moments are equally matched by hard head-butting ones which makes for a thrilling read. An exceptional beginning to a new series.
Date published: 2016-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent Read When I first received the Mountain Midwife for review I'll admit that I was a little disappointed because this is not typically I book I would pick up for myself; however I thought I would give it a shot because you never know when you'll find a hidden gem. I was mildly surprised at this book it managed to keep me interested and had a decent mystery to it that made me want to keep reading because I just had to know what happened. The writing was intriguing and well done which helped in the flow of the book. So I ended up finishing and sorta enjoying it as well though I did have a few problems with it. For the characters both Ashley and Hunter we pretty decent main characters but sometimes they were a little annoying. When it came to their relationship for start. They hadn't known each other for very long (a day maybe) before Hunter we thinking about how kissable her lips were... (so I know this is the most cases for many books but it was a tad annoying). Hunter came off very whiny in some ways about learning about this possible birth mother and almost seemed like he was pretending to be bitter toward his adoptive family. At times he seemed very pleasant and still happy, then out of nowhere he was upset again for being deceived. It was very on again off again. Ashley was similar in that way and lacked depth for me. At first though I did like how Ashley accurately portrayed a single woman in her late 20's wondering if she's gonna end of saying goodnight to her cats every night, but that quickly died for me as she became the type of woman that everyone loved and in reality would have no problem finding a man if she didn't have other plans. As for the side characters I repeatedly got confused with which of Ashley's patients where which and with that kinda lost interest in what happens to them. As for the plot and writing I did enjoy the writing, though I noticed the author throwing in words I had never seen before to describe something very simple, which seemed out of place in this story. There was also the repetitiveness of the term "save for" which was used a little too much. I'm not a great judge on writing otherwise and I don't claim to be a writer but a few things I catch and that's just what caught my eye. The mystery aspect to it was pretty interesting and even though I guessed the main connection there were a few things that I didn't see coming which is nice. With that mystery it was enough to drive me to finish the book because I wanted to know what was going to happen. I was, however, disappointed in some ways the book progressed it got slow in some parts and you just wanted them to get moving so you could find out what happens and it lost the mystery momentum, and by the time the plot was finally getting the the climax... it was the last chapter! Everything was wrapping up so nice and then... last page! What! There are still things that I would have liked wrapped up just a little, maybe a nice little epilogue or something! As for being a Christian book it was very clear that each main character was a Christian and had things they were each dealing with, but aside from blessing the food, small prayers, talking about God leading and giving signs, and a games night at the church it had a very small spiritual element to it. Aside from being a clean book. There were a few cases of adultery and how couples progressed through that but even those parts were very surface level. For content - I have a certain range of how much I consider is content depending on if I am reading a Middle Grade, YA or adult novel. This was an adult novel so the range was a little more extended though not past what I personally prefere. There was little to no content in this books any language used was cut off and so it was hard to know what was being said it was just understood that the person swore. There was one instance where Ashley noticed signs of possible abuse on a girl she was treating, and several acknowledgements of abusive spouses. There was mention of drugs and dealing of Meth and violence surrounding that. There was also detail mentioned in the process of birthing which isn't really content but I'm not one to want to read about the placenta, blood at birth, birthing positions and all that other wonderful stuff that comes along with the miracle of life so that too me was a little TMI at some points. Overall though a clean read! In conclusion - It was a pretty decent book not typically something I would like but I know other people who may like it more than I did. As a single woman about book about birthings isn't my thing. But I will pass this one because it is still a book worth sharing. I was sent this book for review through the Fiction Guild by Zondervan and Thomas Nelson. Theses are my personal thoughts and an honest unbiased review.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of Action Ashley and Hunter paths cross in unexpected ways, and their lives and all that they have ever believed have then shaken to the core. Ashley has put her life wish of becoming a doctor on hold as she gave up her studies and came home to help her Grandmother and in the end take over her practice. She is still saving and planning to eventually go back to school and fulfill her dream. Hunter is and engineer and has lived a very affluent life in the Washington, D.C. area. He is the odd one in the family as the rest are all lawyers. He is on the news and seems everyone is recognizing him, and that is the catalyst to the phone call from someone claiming to be his mother. No way, he loves his mother, and doesn’t have another! The story is set in the rural Appliatian Mountains of Virginia, and we travel the back roads here, and meet a lot of the people. This place really requires a truck or four-wheel drive, and someone is trying to kill them on these dangerous gravel roads. Why is there danger, and what is pulling these two together? A really fast pace read that will keep you page turning and wanting the answers. In the end will there be answers but will they survive? There are several sub stories and some are unanswered but most have conclusions and we have to be satisfied with the answers whether we agree or wanted what happens. I received this book through Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-12-15

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"Eakes (Necessary Deception, 2011) traces a slow-blooming romance in this compelling tale of the search for a meaningful calling, and of women who will risk everything for their children."