"With towering fury Hannah faced the midwife. 'Do not touch her. Do you hear me? Do not touch her- not with those hands and not with those filthy instruments!' The words sounded horrible even to Hannah, as if she had sentenced all of them to some terrible purgatory. The midwife stalked over to the corner of the room, where she sat glowering at the girls.
It is 1870s Ogden, Utah, and the obstetrical practices of the day are primitive, sometimes brutal, and often life-threatening to mothers and infants.
Repulsed by a barbaric approach to delivering babies and caring for mothers, eighteen-year-old Hannah Childress is forced to assume responsibility in the midst of a difficult delivery. In doing so, she not only confronts a terrifying experience but discovers her life's calling.
Set in an era that on its surface is genteel and romantic, Hannah's story is that of a heroic woman's fight to save and serve her fellow women through pioneering the use of medical advances.
But her very devotion to duty creates a barrier to her emotions. Fiercely independent and strong-willed, she is unable to surrender to the passion she feels. How long will Adam, the man who yearns to love her, be willing to wait for her to open her heart?
Submerged in her zeal for her cause, Hannah endangers her own chance for true love. Today's readers will readily identify with her challenges as she battles to overcome convention and find personal fulfillment.
Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards is a skillful writer, and Hannah: Mormon Midwife is a beautifully written novel. It is filled with complex characters and heartwarming, as well as heart-wrenching, drama.
Hannah Childress is an uncommon woman, and her story is one you'll not soon forget."