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My disappointment at the absence of more stories of birth was quickly replaced by an appreciation for Worth’s gift for recounting all sorts of harrowing stories and moving the reader deeply.

I have no idea how much the PBS series follows Worth’s books, but whether you’re a fan of the TV show or not, I really recommend the books. It’s true that it took me a looooooong time to get through this novel – mainly because, while listening to audiobooks can, theoretically, make “reading” possible virtually anywhere, but especially on the go, the truth is that I don’t really enough places which would allow for ample opportunity to listen to anything on my i Pod for more than five or ten minutes at a time.

), introduced us to the cast of characters who would populate all three books: the author’s fellow nurse/midwives as well as the Anglican nuns at the convent out of which they worked.

A rich history of the people and the area of that time period is given, as well as numerous stories of births, both harrowing and joyful.

I have no idea how accurately it portrays a child “on the spectrum,” and I have no idea if the author has any personal connection to anyone with autism.

The story opens with a five-year old Edie, already big for her age, and her parents expressing their love for her with food.I have the third book in the series and will be reading it shortly. My plan at the beginning of the year was to start listening to books when I’m nursing the baby – after all, it seems that I spend half my waking hours in that rocking chair.But in reality, it’s hard to listen to a book when you have a grabby baby who keeps yanking your earbuds out.The second book, tells more about the Workhouses of historical England, and the people who grew up in them and how their lives were impacted.In this final book, we bear witness to more incredible stories of birth, as well as a saga of tuberculosis which would often wipe out entire families, and back-alley abortions sought by desperate women who already had more children than they could feed, living in poverty.

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