Once a Midwife (Hope River #3) by Patricia Harman

Once a Midwife (Hope River #3)

Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman’s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war…and it can only be a matter ...

Details Once a Midwife (Hope River #3)

TitleOnce a Midwife (Hope River #3)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews Once a Midwife (Hope River #3)

  • Anna
    I was excited to get reacquainted with Patience Hester after reading the first two books in the Hope River series. Set during WWII, the family faces challenges in their marriage and in their community. Patience's husband, Daniel, having fought in WWI is unwilling to register for the draft. After the fighting and brutality he experienced he vowed to never take up arms again. Patience wants to support Daniel but sees the need to fight against the t...
  • Carole
    3.5 rounded up. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to read an early copy. This is the 3rd book in the Hope River series that I have read. Midwife Patience is married and has 4 children. The story begins at the beginning of WW2 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This book is more about the war and it’s effects on Patience and her family than the previous books about midwifery. It is a bit longer too at nearly 500 pag...
  • Asheley
    The Hope River Series continues to be one of my favorites and I have waited impatiently for this third installment for what feels like ages. When I received a review copy from the publisher, I was THRILLED because I wanted to see how Patience and Daniel, Becky and Isaac were doing in Union County, West Virginia. Once A Midwife picks up in November 1941, which is about 5-6 years after The Reluctant Midwife. What will eventually be known as World W...
  • Lori
    I got this book through the goodreads giveaway. It is the Third of a series of the "Hope River" This one takes place as the war in Europe is starting. Patience is a mid wife and continues to deliver babies in her area. Her husband is the local Veterenerian. He has already fought in World War one and has vowed to never fight in combat again. When he is told to sign up for the draft he refuses more pressure to join comes and he will not go to war c...
  • Sharon Huether
    During the war years 1940-1945 Patience Hester shares her experiences of midwifery, mother, wife and homemaker in the Hope river area.Her husband Daniel, takes a stand for his beliefs.I won this Free book though Goodreads First-Reads.Thankyou Goodreads for sending me this heartwarming book.
  • Carol
    I wept so many times in this book; for joy and for heartache. People's lives are hard and become much harder after our country's entry into World War II. There's rationing and a lack of strong young men to do manual labor and to help raise their families. Daniel is a pacifist; he's been through the Great War and seen the horrors and declines to register for the draft. His wife Patience is a midwife with a past as an activist. Their beliefs are bo...
  • CLM
    An appealing glimpse of small town life in West Virginia just prior to WWII, told from the perspective of local midwife Patience Hester, her conscientious objector husband, and their busy family. Here is a link to my review:https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20...
  • Cathy Daniel
    "The drums of war still roar, but even in these dark times, the hope is still there" I loved this book so much!! 😭😭😭😭😭 wonderful!
  • Regina Spiker
    Hope River series#1 The Midwife of Hope River#2 The Reluctant Midwife#3 Once a Midwife
  • Vivian
    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Author Patricia Harman returns to Hope River, West Virginia and the Hester family in the early 1940s with her latest addition to the Hope River Series Once A Midwife. Adolph Hitler and the Nazis are overtaking most of Europe, the United States is initially practicing isolationism from the European conflict until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the country is still re...
  • Brenda
    Once A Midwife (Hope River #3) by Patricia Harman – 5 strong pointsWhat a great book. So very interesting. It’s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II. Her husband is a conscientious objector but won’t register for the draft as one. He served during World War I and he absolutely doesn’t want to kill anyone. He puts his family in a very uncomfortable position as he an be jailed for this. Bit...
  • Sue
    This novel is about a midwife in Hope River, West Virginia during WWII. It is book 3 in the Hope River series and can be read as a stand alone with minimal confusion. However, there were a few places in the book that I wished I had read the series in order so I plan to read the first two books to answer my questions.Patience is a midwife in a small town. She lives there with her husband Daniel, a veterinarian, and their 4 children. She is well kn...
  • Carolyn Lind
    Rating this 3.6; rounded up to 4. Since it has been awhile since reading the other two books in this series, the frequent duplication is more tolerable than it would have been if those stories were still fresh. But in any case, the book is long and attempts to keep readers informed of the past happenings, make it even longer. Instead, I would recommend that readers first read the first two books rather than starting with this one, as the snatches...
  • Lynne Spreen
    I loved the first two books in this series, so much so that I preordered this one and leapt on it as soon as it came out. The premise is so great: a midwife in a very small southern town in the 1940s, dealing with difficult births, racism, politics, and human drama.But I'm sorry to say this book has lost a little steam. It's not as in-depth; for example, the baby births are more like, "I helped Mrs. Smith deliver a set of twins today," rather tha...
  • Kathleen Gray
    I admit to being a Harman fan and that I was very much looking forward to this latest installment (but it's fine as a standalone) with Patience, the midwife in Hope River, a tough town in West Virginia. Patience copes with more than babies over the course of the 1941-1942. Her husband Daniel, the town veterinarian, is a pacifist who served in WWI and now refuses to register for the draft. If there's a weak spot in this novel its that a lighter ha...
  • Sheila
    Patience Hester and her husband are parents of four young children in Hope River. Patience is the local midwife and Daniel is the local veterinarian. WWII breaks out and many young men are signing up for the war. Daniel served in WWI, joining when he was just 18 and vowed he would never join a war effort again. He was in charge of a number of horses during that first war and grieved for their death. Patience does not agree with his beliefs but sh...
  • Denise
    I think if it had a different title it might sell more books, although there were babies being delivered there was much more. There were family dynamics, where a teen age son didn't want to listen to his mother. There were race relations with a white man crossing the state line so he could marry a black woman; but then he claimed he went back into his family and found he was 10 % black.The husband, during WWII going to jail because he refused to ...
  • Briana
    I won Once A Midwife in a Goodreads contest. Thank you for the chance to read and review. This book takes place at the beginning of World War II. Daniel, Patience's husband, decides he is a pacifist and eventually ends up in prison. Patience struggles with her husband's decision and with keeping up with the farm and her practice. This book doesn't focus as much on midwifery. It is more about the troubles the war is causing for her and her family ...
  • Freda Witt
    Very good book, but not at all what I expected. I thought it would be about women delivering babies, but it is so much more. It takes place in a very rural area, just when Hitler is coming into power. There are many mixed feelings about whether we should go to war, then Peral Harbon was bombed. The midwife's husband says he will not fight again, and his wife se retly thinks he isn't patriotic. He is called, but chose a 2 year jail term. It talks ...
  • Shannan
    While I absolutely adore this midwife series of books from Patricia Harmon, I have to admit that I didn’t love this one as much. I love the historical fiction aspect of the previous books - really putting in to context the hardships of the Great Depression/Prohibition era. This book didn’t transport me into WWII era as much as I had hoped. In anticipation of this book coming out, I reread the first Hope River book but as it turns out I didnt...
  • Ashley Hasty
    This is a quick and easy read. It is not bogged down in too many heavy historic details or complicated prose. It is a good book to choose if you just want something you can read quickly and not have to think too hard. I think this might be a good book for people who think they don’t like historical fiction. What I loved about this book is that it brought to focus many aspects of WWII that other novels tend to avoid. Two in particular that I fou...
  • Linda grimes
    I really value the books I get through Goodreads giveaways. They often introduce me to authors and settings that I might not find otherwise. This book takes place in rural West Virginia at the start of World War II. It is also the third book in a series about the Hope River residents. I have not read the other volumes, but think they span the time through the first world war and the Depression and cover midwifery in more depth. Although it is pos...
  • patricia
    Patience is married to Daniel and has both adopted children and one of her own. Bitsy has returned with a ward. The book opens on the eve of WWII. Daniel who saw great horror in the Great War refuses to even register for the draft. He could end up in prison. Patience is still practicing midwifery. Patricia Harmon seems to capture the home front, the plight of pacificts, and hints of the future of midwifery. Worrying is the question of will Daniel...
  • S.L
    A 3rd installment of a book By Patricia Harman. This book takes place in the early 1940's, when Patience Hester was a midwife in West Va. The book was sad, as times were so hard for many during that time. Not only did she deal with being a Mid wife, but pressures in her own family, especially when her husband, Daniel, refuses to go to war after severing previously. He then has to deal with the backlash from the community.Even though I did not rea...
  • Denise Chojnacki
    Patricia Harman has a way of sucking me into her books. A lot of her writing involves characters from times that are hard; during the war or challenging circumstances. It is by no means a light, uplifting read. However, the characters, as well as the times, are realistic and there is enough hope and good storyline to keep you going. This book was long in pages but I finished it in a relatively short amount of time as I looked forward to picking i...
  • Karen
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work, set in rural WV during the early years of WWII. Written as a sort of memoir, the narrator is a rural midwife who as a younger woman was a radical union organizer, but now in her second marriage to a veterinarian has several children and is living on a farm outside a small town in the WV mountains, helping women in the area deliver their babies. The themes of the the book: racism, super patriotism, bullying,...
  • Rlk Kapitan
    I really enjoyed the first book in this series and found this to be lacking. The flashbacks to the previous book used whole passages verbatim and I'm not sure why an editor allowed that to happen. The main character, Patience, lacked the charm she'd possessed in the first book. I still enjoyed the historical qualities, but it feels much more forced than the first book in the series. There was also less midwifery and the book was less enjoyable wi...
  • Karly Drake
    Another wonderful book in a series I didn't expect to enjoy. Midwifes? And not the British series ones? OK, it's a book group choice...and now I have gone down the rabbit hole of all of her books. I love coming back to Hope River and re-visiting these fine characters. She tackles some very challenging concepts of pacifism, contentious observers, the panic and propaganda of war, all wrapped up in the harsh and sweet clothe of a beautifully crafted...
  • Sharon
    When this book started out, I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I felt the author pushed a little too much personal political agenda on the reader. Yet the more I read, I enjoyed the stories of the births, Patience's children and her friends and it began to settle in somewhat--sometimes reminding me of The Waltons TV show I always loved because of the time period. I had mixed feelings about Dan, just as his own wife did, both disrespecti...
  • Staci Bishop
    I absolutely love the Hope River Midwife series and all of its characters. This book took more of a historical focus than her previous in this series. While midwifery wasn’t so much at the forefront, I’ll admit that I learned some new things about WWII and appreciated the perspective this book provided. Even though it’s fiction, most of the story was very likely. At the end of the day, I’ll read anything she writes and I hope this series ...