Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Midwife of Hope River
by Patricia Harman:

1. The time and place - the story unfolds in the
Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia during the great depression of the 1930s.
The fine details of the story bring to life the unique community that lives there 
in poverty and isolation, but always with hope. And then there are the many
domestic details that I found particularly interesting.

2. The protagonist - Patience Murphy.
Patience has unique voice, unlike any I've ever heard.
She comes to the mountains to escape a complicated past.
Armed with a birth satchel and little confidence, she delivers babies 
for blacks and whites who can no longer afford a doctor.

3. The message - The story carries a beautiful message of 
love and hope, friendship and humanity, with a little humor thrown in.
We meet people who have so little to give yet are the most giving of all.

4. The author - This is Patricia Harman's debut novel.
Harman herself was a lay midwife in rural communities in the 60s
and there is an honesty in this book that must come from her experience.

5. Do you know that feeling you get when you finish a great book
and you are sad about saying goodbye to everyone?
Well, there is a sequel, The Reluctant Midwife, and it is every bit as good!


Featured: a cloth bag embellished with a heart applique.
Could be used for books. Or a sandwich.

106 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing books you love and I think I would enjoy, too, Amalia. Your book/sandwich bag looks like just the right satchel to contain a book and a snack for a reading get-away :) xx

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  2. THANK YOU, dear Amalia ! I lov reading, and I'm always in search of good books to load on my Kindle. Your list is very exciting, and totally in my kind of reading, so.... quick, quick, to Amazon ! :))

    In stitches,
    NADINE

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  3. Love your sweet and cute cloth bag. I can think of many things to put in the bag.

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  4. I love the bag, the embellishment is stunning, several together would make great storage.

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  5. Love your book bag! And the books sound wonderful, just my type. :)
    Have a wonderful week!

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  6. Those books sound very interesting, I will have to go investigate more! Such a pretty bag too :)

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  7. I do not know the story, but it looks cool.
    And I put a book and also a sandwich in the bag decorated !!
    Good week

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  8. It is so cute..here w/ all our snow and inclement weather we often use bags like this as shoe bags as we arrive in boots:)Dirty ones..

    Thanks for the book recommendation..always reading:)

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  9. Love book reviews. Also love that bag!!! :-))))

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  10. I don't think I've read anything by Ms. Harman but I love finding out new, exciting writers.
    Beautiful bag and adorable heart applique!

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  11. Livros... sou viciada neles e quando começou a contar já pensei "esse saco ficará lindo acomodando um livro" rsrs.
    A estória já me interessou, é mais um que vai pra lista!
    Lindo trabalho, parabéns!
    Abração.

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  12. I'll look for this book. I just finished one that you might like, The Amethyst Heart. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Diane, I'll look it up.

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  13. Beautiful bag with heart !!
    Greetings

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  14. Amalia, your work is SUPREME! Lovely and full of love, I can tell. And thank you kindly for coming to my blog and leaving a comment. It's nice to be back.

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful, true-to-life book! I will look for it at the library... and your little satchel is just perfect for a book and a sandwich... don't they go hand in hand, lol! :) Have a wonderful day Amalia!

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  16. "The message - The story carries a beautiful message of
    love and hope, friendship and humanity, with a little humor thrown in.
    We meet people who have so little to give yet are the most giving of all."

    A most wonderful message.
    Thanks for the review it does sound a very good book.

    I also love the cloth bag - great colours

    All the best Jan

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  17. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing. The bag is pretty and I imagine you had fun making it.

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  18. Love the bag. Yes, perfect for stashing a book inside - a wonderful gift.

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  19. Your bag is ever so charming, sweet Amalia! And I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book :) Hugs to you!

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  20. I'm always interested in what others are reading, and these books sound like they're ones I'd like to read. Your bag is delightful. Love it, Amalia. Hugs, Nancy

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  21. Your bag is so pretty!!:) Thanks for the review, I will add to my reading list.

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  22. This book sounds very interesting - thank you for your review. Your bag is very pretty with its heart applique. Lovely!
    Cathy x

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  23. Gostei do resumo... parece ser ótimo!
    Esse saco ficou lindo! Eu adoro sacos para colocar trabalhos em tricô em andamento.

    bjinhos

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  24. What a great review ... makes me want to read it. Love the cute little bag. M x

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  25. I must look this book up, Amalia. It sounds good. What a sweet bag you have fashioned. Always lovely here! xo ♥

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    1. A lovely comment, Martha Ellen, you are always so kind and nice.

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  26. Very cute!!!!!!
    Have a nice day!

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  27. Love this darling bag-reminds me of my grandmother!

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  28. Your little bag is so charming, Amalia...I love your style! Thank you for your lovely review...I put both books in the series on my kindle and I'm looking forward to reading them!

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    1. I've switched to kindle as well, so much kinder to the eye.

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  29. I love to read about that age in our country so will be reading her first book thanks to you. Appreciate the recommendation.

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  30. My mother grew up in the hills of West Virginia during the depression. She often talked about going hungry and owning only one pair of underwear. She washed it out every night. Anyway - sounds like a lovely story and the bag is beautiful!

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    1. I'm often guilty of romanticizing the past and then I hear of stories like this and remember to be happy where I am.

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  31. Amalia, thanks for the book recommendation! I'll have to check it out! Love the bag!!

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  32. It sounds like a wonderful book, Amalia. I love it when a book leaves you missing the characters and wanting to read more. Beautiful satchel for books or anything! You are so creative ♥

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  33. It sounds like that book is right up my alley, Amalia. Thank you for the 5 star review :)

    Darling bag, as well!

    xoxo,
    rue

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  34. The book sounds like a good read. I seem to enjoy stories set in the Appalachian Mountains.

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  35. It sounds truly an interesting story, tempting me so much ... you know how important reading is to me, I cannot help but reading ... always !
    Thank you my dearest friend for your so lovely review,
    sending a lot of dear love to you,
    with gratitude
    Dany

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  36. Oh, it sounds like a great story. One I think I would really like. Thank you for the recommend. Cute heart satchel too!

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  37. Very cute bag. I didn't know Patricia. xoxo

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  38. You make me feel like reading this book Amalia! Your spring bag looks so very sweet! Have a wonderful week-end!

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  39. What a lovely bag !!!!! And post !!!!
    Have a fun weekend !
    Anna

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  40. Thank you for the review. I am always looking for something good to read. The bag is adorable!!

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  41. Hi,
    This book sounds like something I would love to read. :-)
    Thank you and I will take a bag to carry it in too!! Beautiful!!
    Carla

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  42. oh, the sweet !!!! I love her.
    Have a nice weekend and greetings
    Antje

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  43. oh, the sweet !!!! I love her.
    Have a nice weekend and greetings
    Antje

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  44. Bom livro, lindo trabalho artesanal!!!
    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana com tudo de bom!


    ✿゚⎠
    ╰✿‿⎠

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  45. Sounds like a great book. And your bag is darling!

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  46. Sounds like a great book - I'm always grateful for any recommendations. Love the little heart bag. xx

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  47. Sounds like a great book - I'm always grateful for any recommendations. Love the little heart bag. xx

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  48. This is just adorbs!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  49. Beautiful bag with a lovely applique! The book sounds great!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  50. If that is used for a sandwich, it must be the cutest sandwich in the world!

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  51. What a nice bag! I still love your pictures!

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  52. Even better, you could use that adorable bag for a book AND a sandwich! :)
    Amalia, it sounds like a wonderful book. Did you ever read the book Christy, by Catherine Marshall? It is one of my very favorites and set in the Appalachian Mountains too. You might like that one a lot.

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    1. I loved Christy! Thank you, Lara! I've been racking my brains trying to remember what I'd read about the Appalachian Mountains before.

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  53. Hello, the bag is so cute! Thanks for the book review! Have a happy day!

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  54. You have given this book an excellent review. So many of the books I read have been recommended by my blogging buddies.

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    1. Me as well! I figure that as we all have so much in common, why not a shared taste in books?

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  55. Dear Amalia ... thank you so much for your visit to my "little space" and I just want you to know that our library has this book and I have placed it on hold. I so look forward to reading it. Also, I love the pretty little fabric bag. Sweetest Blessings ♥ Teri

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    1. I hope you let me know how you like it, Teri. I find that I feel a bit proprietary about a book once I've reviewed it :-)

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  56. Yes I know that feeling! Many, many years ago I read Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. I was so sad when the story ended because I really felt that I knew the characters. Have you read that?

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    1. I've not read Circle of Friends or any Maeve Binchy, come to think of it. I've put it on my kindle list. I love book recommendations!

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  57. Dear Amalia:
    I love your book review and what a darling bag. How wonderful. Thanks for sharing this review and what a helpful posting!

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  58. I love when a great book has a sequel! I've been reading a LOT more while away. For some reason I rarely read books when at home.

    Oh so pretty bag!

    XXX

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  59. I love reading good books too and get a little sad when it's over. Thanks for the book review and recommendation. I love your pretty bag you made!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  60. BEAUTIFUL WORK AMALIA! Even still, the Appalachians is a place of poverty & lack much of what the big cities offer. If you live in the "country" there, you have to drive far for a good doctor at times. ("Politics" keep it poor.) :( I will look for the books you've recommended! Sorry I haven't come over to visit in awhile....computer crashing, getting one back up, etc.... But, you look like you are keeping busy here!!! LOOOOOVE ALL of your pictures!!! ;)

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  61. I love your book review and what a darling bag Amalia.

    Hugs Diane

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  62. These books sound wonderful, Amalia. I must get back to reading!

    Your blog always makes me happy, thank you.

    ~Sheri

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  63. What a beautiful post...and yes, I know the feeling. Thank you for sharing your words and sweet bag at Talk of the Town.

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  64. That sounds a great book I shall have to look out for it. Sarah x

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  65. Dear Amalia, I don't read many books at the moment (something to do with blogging possibly?!). But I have to say you've def. sold this book to me .... I will be looking out for it, but I doubt there will be many copies left on Amazon or in the libraries after your wonderful review!
    I love your pretty bag with its gorgeous embellished heart too! You can never have too many bags you know!!!
    Hope you are having a great week!
    Barbara xx

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    1. Such an absolutely adorable comment, Barbara. Thank you. I don't have as much reading time as I'd like, but I always need to be in the middle of a book. It's a nice place for a nap :-)

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  66. The book sounds like a winner. I'm going to see if I can find it in our library.
    Love the bag, Amalia.

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  67. Sounds like a wonderful book. I must see if I can purchase a copy. Books are the most wonderful things. I am always a little sad when I have finished a great book...but then I always seem to re-read those that I love. And.....if there is a sequel....wonderful!! Lovely book bag you stitched, Amalia.

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  68. Sounds like a wonderful book. I must see if I can purchase a copy. Books are the most wonderful things. I am always a little sad when I have finished a great book...but then I always seem to re-read those that I love. And.....if there is a sequel....wonderful!! Lovely book bag you stitched, Amalia.

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  69. Sweet Amalia, thank you for sharing your lovely post with Roses of Inspiration. It's always a delight to have you at the party. Hugs!

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  70. The book you describe sounds interesting and the pretty bag would be ideal for carrying a book (or two) and a sandwich, have a happy week:)

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  71. This sounds like a book that I would just love. Thank you for reviewing it for us, and for telling us about the sequel.
    The heart appliquéd bag is just darling!

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  72. Love the bag and the book does sound like one I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  73. The bag got my attention, love it and the book sounds wonderful. Great review. Thanks for sharing……….

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  74. A lovely bag and an interesting book!
    Hugs,
    Christine

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  75. What a cute bag !!! love the applied heart, you used beautiful fabrics. Your book idea I really liked, that sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing. Have a lucky weekend, Carmen

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  76. Thank you for your review wonderful book!
    Your bag is beautiful and you're talented !
    Greetings

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  77. Amalia thanks by the review.
    I would love to read this amazing book :)

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  78. Amalia thanks by the review.
    I would love to read this amazing book :)

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  79. Thank you for this review, Amalia. I have put the book on my to read list and look forward to it! Love your pretty heart applique bag...such a useful item :)
    Helen xox

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  80. It's great when you get into such an enjoyable book isn't it? Lovely bag - it would be ideal for knitting!
    Caz xx

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  81. Oh yes! That feeling! When a wonderful book, is coming to a close. Very bitter-sweet.

    Tessa

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  82. Darling bag! And thank you for the book review! The time and place also interest me as well as the subject of midwives. And of course I appreciate any domestic details as I relish homemaking :) Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Amalia!

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  83. Or, the bag could be used for both the book and a sandwich and maybe a sweet treat to savor while reading.

    I will check out the book.

    Thanks or sharing at SYC.

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    1. Yes! A good book and a beaked treat are a match made in heaven.

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  84. Thank you for relling us about this book. I've downloaded an excerpt.
    As for your beautiful bag, it would indeed be perfect for a book. I'm not sure about the sandwich... lol

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