Rhoda Mammau is a Mennonite Midwife with a past so dark and secretive that she struggles to isolate herself from the world even more than her Mennonite community deems appropriate. Her isolation from the world is infinite, as she delivers life into the world, but refuses to have a life for herself. A strong, godly woman, she struggles to overcome the demons of her past.
The Midwife was as unexpected as it was heart wrenching. There were twists and turns throughout, some predictable, some that just came out of nowhere and make you gasp with surprise. I adored this book and put off finishing it, because I didn't want to end. There are no true antagonists or protagonists, these are characters that have the everlasting dimensions of real people, with all of their emotions and complications and beautiful flawed characters. This one is worth reading and re-reading, it creeps up on you and takes hold of your heart and your mind.
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me free of charge from the publisher for review purposes only.