24 January 2015

The Secrets of Midwives; Sally Hepworth

The Secrets of MidwivesThe Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've said it before, and I'll repeat it here: not every novel needs multiple narrators, and here, the intertwining of the three women's stories (Floss, Grace and Neva) doesn't serve the story well.

As for that story, it's predictable. The only real surprise is who the father of Neva's baby is, and had that never been revealed it would have been absolutely fine - that revelation did nothing to advance the plot. Having said that this is predictable doesn't mean that it was bad, by the way, because this does feel like the perfect beach (or tanning booth, given that it's winter) read.

One major quibble: back with Grace was in training, in England, would they really have measured dilation in centimeters? England was still using the Imperial system, not the Metric.

ARC provided by the publisher.

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