First of all, I have to say that I really like Sandra Dallas’ books, and The Last Midwife was no exception. I loved the way the story was told. Dallas keeps us riveted to the main idea; but also keeps us anticipating the rest of the story. With her ability to immerse readers into the lives and times of her characters, I felt like I was in the novel.
This novel is about Gracy, the only midwife on the Tenmile Range in Colorado. It’s the 1880’s and the only doctor in town expects to be paid for his services, while a midwife takes payment any way she can get it. Gracy is older now, and estimates that she’s delivered thousands of babies since her first delivery at the age of 10. However, she now stands accused of the murder of a baby she didn’t even deliver.
Once accused, Gracy is at the mercy of people who have known her for years, and while some don’t believe the charges, others are all too willing to believe them. This is a novel about the narrow, oftentimes abbreviated lives of poor women in the 1880’s.
I won’t go into too much detail, since I really want you to read the book yourself. I’ll only say that Gracy made decisions over her lifetime that showed her unending ability to love. For me, this novel really made me think, and I’ll continue turning it over in my mind for some time to come. I highly recommend this novel.