Today I’m thrilled to be hosting a review of The Wartime Midwives by Daisy Styles! Huge thanks to Sriya Varadharajan for my invite onto the tour!
About this book…
In the dark days of war a new hope is born . . .
Mary Vale, a grand and imposing Mother & Baby Home, sits on the edge of the Lake District. Its doors are open to unmarried women who come to hide their condition and find sanctuary.
Women from all walks of life pass through Mary Vale, from beautiful waitress Emily, whose boyfriend has vanished without trace, to young Isla, cast out by her wealthy family after her first year at university goes horribly wrong.
Awaiting them is Nurse Ada and Sister Anne who work tirelessly to aid the mothers and safely deliver the babies. But the unforgiving Matron and Head of Governors, Captain Percival, have other, more sinister, ideas.
As war looms the women at Mary Vale must pull together for the sake of themselves and their babies and Ada and Anne must help protect their patients, no matter what the cost.
I love Daisy Styles books and I always feel like I’m coming home when I pick up her new book. I’m a relative newcomer to them and it says a lot about her style and attraction that she is the only author of this genre that I read!! I really am a huge fan and signed up to this tour even though I’m away when the post actually goes out so any shares are very much appreciated!
It’s hard to believe that it’s not particularly that long ago that young unmarried mothers were so ashamed of getting pregnant that they were shipped off (in disgrace by their families or even checking themselves in unknown to their loved owns) to give birth and have their babies adopted. It was only the very brave few who went intending to keep their baby as being a single mother then wasn’t on the same level of acceptance as it is today!! But if they went somewhere like that then I would like to think that they would have had support from people like Ada or nuns like Sister Anna. They wanted the very best for the young women who had some very stressful and life changing decisions to make. But here we also see the unscrupulous side of adoption where money seems to talk and Matron alongside the horrible Percy, head of the governing body, are definitely listening to the sound of that cash rattling rather than the young women themselves.
There were some very tender moments between mums and babies plus some rather distressing scenes for some but even so, I adored this book from the very first page. It swept me into another time and place where I gradually came to feel like I really belonged in that era, it felt that authentic to me. It captured perfectly the British Way of life captivating me throughout even though I’m glad that I do live in a world where women are now empowered to make their own choices (well, here in the UK certainly even if other countries in our “civilised” society seem to have regressed recently!!) about motherhood.
Daisy Styles has taken women from different ways of life and in differing personal relationships as her main perspectives here and each of them brought a distinctive point of view with them. As an author, it’s her “thing” and she does it perfectly with each new book she brings out.
Heartbreaking, insightful and with a warmth of human nature that bats the scheming baddies out of the way, The Wartime Midwives is perfect for lovers of Call The Midwife. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan!
Meet the author…
Daisy Styles grew up in Lancashire surrounded by a family and community of strong women whose tales she loved to listen to. It was from these women, particularly her vibrant mother and Irish grandmother, that Daisy learned the art of storytelling. There was also the landscape of her childhood – wide, sweeping, empty moors and hills that ran as far as the eye could see – which was a perfect backdrop for a saga, a space big enough and wild enough to stage a drama, one about women’s lives during the Second World War.