The Midwife's Daughter is a beautifully-written, engaging and moving story set during the early years of the twentieth century. Through its characters, mainly female, we see both the strength and the fragility of human life.
Violet, the midwife of the title, is one of those community midwives, in the old sense, the village woman who is sent for when your time comes. But times are changing, the old ways becoming obsolete...
The story widens to focus on Grace, Violet's adopted daughter. The adoption seems at first unlikely, but some deep recognition links the two together.
Through Grace's childhood we see the vitality of everyday life, security, affection, kindness, bravery,… Read more