Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
What a great book! I just finished reading this unforgettable story and had to share a review:)
At the age off twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and becomes a midwife in postwar London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies- from the plucky, warmhearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty- four (yes no typo here really 24!!!) children, to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side- illuminate a fascinating time in social and medical history fascinating.
She actually wrote this book because of research evidencing a shortage of literature about midwifery. So she began writing her experiences some fifty years later! And I thought it was well written. This book is actually the 1st of a triology, I am excited to get my hands on the others. PBS also made a mini series based on this book, excited to watch this!
Jennifer Worth died the summer of 2011 and it stated because of her stay with the nuns she converted to Christianity and lived a life devoted to God.
This would be a great book club read!! Lots to talk about. Beautifully and utterly moving. Call the midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is and everyone who has, a mother.
Can you tell I loved it:)