This book was a little experiment for me, as I don’t normally read books in this genre. It was however a calculated risk, as Call The Midwife is one of my favourite tv series. And I’m so glad I took a chance with this book as it warmed my heart and I loved reading it.The Midwives of Lark Lane by Pam Howes
Published by Bookouture Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Received from Publisher
All’s fair in love and war… but what happens when the war is over?
After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find.
Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.
As her grandmother's health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her granny dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honour her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.
I adored the characters in this book and the lovely community feel of this neighbourhood in Liverpool. Everyone looked out for everyone, and it felt like one huge extended family and it was a joy to spend time with them. There was one nasty character and I liked the little edge he gave the book.
On starting this book, it immediately became obvious that this was part of a series. But I was very comfortably able to jump straight in and work out who was who.
There is something about this time period that really appeals to me. World War 2 is over, and people seem determined to build a better world, and I feel this aspect shone through. Pre war social conditions are no longer acceptable and the ladies in this book are working hard towards providing better outcomes for single mothers. Very heart warming to read about.
If you like engaging, family centred books with caring characters set in a lovely community, then I’d highly recommend this book to you.
Thanks to Bookouture for allowing me join in on this book tour. It was a pleasure.