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Friday, November 15, 2019

Extra Book - Call The Midwife

Book: Call The Midwife
Author: Jennifer Worth
Pages: 376

This is my 141st read for the year

I watch this TV show and am definitely hooked.  When I found out that it was not only a true story, but a book series, I knew I had to have it.

This is the story of the author's time as a midwife in the 1950s in the poor East End of London.  She lived at a convent and worked with the poorest women of the area delivering hundreds of babies in her time there.  She speaks about the harsh conditions these families lived in, what it was like to take care of families who had 10 children or more, and even when she cared for the older folks who lived in condemned conditions of the area.  

It is a great book.  I stayed up late at night finishing chapter after chapter.  It is a facinating tale, and - as a nurse myself - I tried to visualize what it would be like to work in this area at this time in history.  A lot of the stories in this book were covered in the TV show, but it was great to read the true details of what happened and get further in depth with the lives of the people she worked with.

I am anxious to read the next book in the series.  There are 4 books total, and I plan on reading them all.  This is a series you should not pass up.

Stars: 4 1/2


  1. I haven't even heard of this show! I thought I was doing pretty good at being aware of the newer tv shows but totally missed this one! It sounds interesting but at the same time like there could be a lot of sadness in it

    1. This one has been around awhile. It is a British show, but I know it airs pretty much everywhere - we watch it on Netflix. IT has been on for 8 years!! Right now Amazon has all of the seasons. So good.