I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Midwife Published by St. Martin's Press on September 29th 2015
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It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town where she has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies in her lifetime. The women of Swandyke trust and depend on Gracy, and most couldn't imagine getting through pregnancy and labor without her by their sides.
But everything changes when a baby is found dead...and the evidence points to Gracy as the murderer.
She didn't commit the crime, but clearing her name isn't so easy when her innocence is not quite as simple, either. She knows things, and that's dangerous. Invited into her neighbors' homes during their most intimate and vulnerable times, she can't help what she sees and hears. A woman sometimes says things in the birthing bed, when life and death seem suspended within the same moment. Gracy has always tucked those revelations away, even the confessions that have cast shadows on her heart.
With her friends taking sides and a trial looming, Gracy must decide whether it's worth risking everything to prove her innocence. And she knows that her years of discretion may simply demand too high a price now...especially since she's been keeping more than a few dark secrets of her own.
With Sandra Dallas's incomparable gift for creating a sense of time and place and characters that capture your heart, The Last Midwife tells the story of family, community, and the secrets that can destroy and unite them.
Sandra Dallas brings her readers another great book in “The Last Midwife.” Gracy Brookens has spent her entire life either helping deliver babies or doing the delivery herself. Gracy has had a difficult time giving birth to her own children due to numerous miscarriages. Gracy did manage to have her son Jeff and another mother gave Gracy, Emma to raise due to the mother having too many children. Emma’s life ended early due to a tragic end.
When Gracy is accused of murdering a baby who was recently born, she is faced with a court trial that will determine whether she is guilty or innocent. In order to help prove her innocence, Gracy may need to reveal some terrible secrets about the people in town and herself. What will Gracy do?
I thought Dallas did a wonderful job with this story. She was able to keep the readers on their toes and she brought fantastic characters to the stories. I really enjoyed getting to know Gracy and hearing her story.