Monday, November 5, 2018

Spotlight of Once A Midwife by Patricia Harman

All information in this post is courtesy of Hannah Robertson of JKS Communications.
Celebrating The Release Of


On Sale November 6, 2018
Praise for ONCE A MIDWIFE: 

“Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Patricia Harman...brings to life the impact of the First and Second World Wars upon the people of early 20th century rural America...True love, family, friendships, politics, history, nature, culture and babies. What more could a reader possibly want?” (Alicia Bay Laurel, New York Times bestselling author Living on the Earth)

“If you could live inside a Norman Rockwell painting, Once a Midwife would be the place. Rockwell’s themes--a nation under threat in wartime, the struggle for racial equality, and the consolation of family—they’re all right here.” (Jodi Daynard, Bestselling Author of The Midwife’s Revolt)
About The Book:

In a time of turmoil, Patience Hester, a skilled and trusted midwife, along with her friend and midwife partner, Bitsy, is in many ways the only stability for the women of Hope River Valley, West Virginia. 

With the Great Depression behind them, Patience and her veterinarian husband Daniel watch the progression of the war in Europe with trepidation. Following the bombing at Pearl Harbor, a wave of patriotism floods America, including Hope Valley. 

While a patriot, Daniel Hester is also a secret pacifist. And his refusal to join the draft results in his imprisonment, leaving Patience to care for and support their four children while fighting for Daniel’s release amid the judgment from the community.

Through Patience, we understand the anxieties and struggles on the American home front ahead of World War II. 

And through Patience, Harman pushes readers to consider the different manifestations of patriotism, loyalty, unity, discrimination, cowardice, bravery and love.
About the Author:

*Photo Courtesy of Patricia Harman

PATRICIA HARMAN has spent over 30 years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. 
She lives near Morgantown, West Virginia, has three sons, and is the author of two acclaimed memoirs. 
Her first novel, “The Midwife of Hope River,” was successful around the world. 
“Once a Midwife” is the fourth book in the Hope River Series. For more information, please visit

Hannah Robertson


“Once a Midwife”
Historical Fiction
Patricia Harman 
November 6, 2018
HarperCollins/William Morrow
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0062869333 | $26.99
Paperback ISBN: 978-0062825575 | $16.99
Ebook ASIN: B0756DR699 | $11.99 (pre-order) | $26.99 (list price)
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  1. I have enjoyed her other books.

    Have you read them?

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. I haven't read her I think, but this does sound good and I have sympathy for the husband however the book turns out as war is terrible.

    1. These books are very good.

      I believe she has two others....I have only read and reviewed THE RELUCTANT MIDWIFE.

      I think you would enjoy them, Kathryn.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. I would like to bet that the local community made life hell for Patience and the children whilst Daniel was in prison.

    This sounds like a good series and Patricia is obviously following that well proven theory, writing about what she knows.

    A great spotlight feature, thanks for sharing :)


    1. Her book are good. I have only read one of them.

      Thanks, Yvonne, and thanks for commenting.