The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr

As the third book in the At Home in Trinity series, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was interesting but not captivating. While I enjoyed reading about the life of a rural midwife and understanding better the demands and frustrations that accompanied such a responsibility, I found this book slow reading and the characters not as developed as I would have hoped for a third book in a series.

This was my first time reading a book by author Delia Parr and I was intrigued to learn more about the struggles of midwives in the early 1800’s. Parr did a commendable job capturing the struggles of the rural midwife, but I found the plot dragged and the characters seemed less developed than in other historical novels I have read recently. What I mean by that is that while I sympathized with the plight and struggles of the Martha, her family, and friends, I never felt pulled into their struggles. Instead I felt like a casual observer as I read the novel. I like strong characters that also engage me as a reader and pull me into their lives.

Historically accurate and easy to read, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was okay, but I likely won’t read the other books in the series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr for my candid review.