Laurie Alice Eakes has written a novel about midwifery, “The Mountain Midwife”. Ashley Tolliver, her mother and her mother’s mother and on back in time have always been midwives for the people of their Appalachian community. Ashley really wants to go to medical school and be able to do more for her patients. The story begins with her answering her door to an obviously very pregnant young girl in labor and a surly young man. The young woman delivers a baby, but with complications. Ashley tries to call for a doctor, but the phone is not working. She plans to take the woman and baby to a hospital, but before she can get her car keys, the man, woman and baby disappear. What follows is a search and investigation trying to find the child and the mother.
Two hundred miles away, Hunter McDermott comes home from a very eventful trip overseas. He finds a call on his answering machine from his “mother”, saying he needs to help her save his sister. He finds that his life for thirty-two years has not been what he thought. The story goes on to reveal that there is a connection between Ashley and Hunter. The drama and secrets will keep you reading long into the night.
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