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Call the Midwife

Author:  Jennifer Worth

An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman.

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history. 

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Jul 18,2013

I am not a very passionate reader but I found myself unable to put this book down. Author, Jennifer Worth paints a clear picture for the reader, of how life in the East End of London during the 1950s was like for a Midwife. This novel gave me a look into the joy and horror of the duties and responsibilities of a Midwife and how their roles in the medical profession have changed over the past 60 years.

During the Novel, Jennifer unfolds touching stories from her past containing love, friendship and loss. It takes a while to uncover some secrets but this concept will leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more.  During Jennifer’s time as a Midwife she forms many friendships, you see the appearance of old and new friends all having strong impacts on Jenny’s choices and life experiences.  

Jennifer uncovers what life was like in Nonnatus House, living amongst Nuns.  There is conflict within Jenny about her religious views as well as conflict within the Nuns. Stories of Jenny’s patients are beautiful, remarkable and sometimes saddening but its shows how much courage these Midwives would have had. 

This novel takes you on a journey into London’s past, the people who were brought into the world and left us. I couldn’t stop turning the pages, it is a must read biography for everyone looking for a laugh or a cry.  


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