The Runaway Midwife: A Novel

By Patricia Harman
Read by Tavia Gilbert

11.01 Hours 01/31/2017 unabridged
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From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel. Say “goodbye” to your old life, and “hello” to the life you’ve been waiting for … Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients … calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children … ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world. But when Clara’s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn’t been tending to her own needs and does something drastic: she runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she’s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to Sea Gull Island—a tiny, remote Canadian island—Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border. Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identity—Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But there’s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and draw “Sara” into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer. But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never really hide from your past.

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Summary

Summary

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel.

Say “goodbye” to your old life, and “hello” to the life you’ve been waiting for …

Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients … calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children … ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.

But when Clara’s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn’t been tending to her own needs and does something drastic: she runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she’s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to Sea Gull Island—a tiny, remote Canadian island—Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border.

Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identity—Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But there’s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and draw “Sara” into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer.

But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never really hide from your past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Tavia Gilbert’s voice expertly reflects the range of moods and thoughts going through Sara’s mind. Gilbert’s smooth, well-modulated voice adds to the overall picture of the complicated island people and the life Sara now tries to lead. The production includes a special touch: Each of its chapters begins with descriptions of regional birds and their unique cries. Gilbert’s narration pulls the listener in to imagine the sparkle of the sea glass and the lapping water on the scenic beaches of the Canadian island Sara seeks to call home. Follow Sara’s struggles for an excellent listen with a heartwarming touch of romance.” AudioFile
“This novel takes readers on a journey of transformation and self-discovery…The characters are dynamic, the central themes are relatable, and the story will warm your heart and soul.” RT Book Reviews
“Harman’s experience as a midwife shines thorough in the details in this quiet novel about a woman rediscovering her true self.” Library Journal
“Full of hope and heart, this will appeal to anyone tempted by the thought of complete reinvention.” Booklist
“The story of a midwife who discovers that she, too, can soar like the island’s wild swans.” Mary McNear, author of The Space between Sisters
“A fast-paced, engrossing tale.” Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

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Author Bio: Patricia Harman

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English