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The USA Today bestselling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt celebration of the human spirit.

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard.; men are out of work and women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy. 

Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky’s cheerfulness. Tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer, Dr. Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience has changed as well. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe. 

But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky’s only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. She must also find a way to bring life back to Isaac and rediscover the hope they both need to move on with their lives.

Full of humor and compassion, The Reluctant Midwife is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mining accidents, a rampant forest fire, and difficult pregnancies set a lively pace for all concerned…This title is sure to appeal to fans of American historical fiction or anyone else looking for a story with plenty of emotion, spunk, and community spirit.”

    Library Journal

  • “Harman paints a vivid picture of 1930s Appalachia, with men and women out of work and so many hungry mouths at home. The Reluctant Midwife is steeped in medical facts, proof of Harman’s firsthand knowledge of nursing and midwifery. This poignant, powerful novel does not shy away from the gruesome facts of life and death. Fans of the BBC’s Call the Midwife and Carol Cassella’s medically minded novels will enjoy Harman’s inspirational and introspective story.”


  • “An entrancing saga of birth and rebirth, of people you come to love as they confront loss and guilt, poverty and fear, silence and doubt.”

    Pamela Schoenewaldt, author of Swimming in the Moon

  • “A very enjoyable sequel to Patsy Harman’s first novel, this new book reconnects us with beloved characters while introducing an appealing new midwife, Becky Myers…Seeing the joy of the work chip away at her reluctance is the great and true pleasure of this book.”

    Teresa Brown, RN, author and New York Times columnist

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About the Author

Patricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and a novel, The Midwife of Hope River, which was published to critical acclaim.