Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What is Sally Hepworth reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Sally Hepworth, author of The Secrets of Midwives.

Her entry begins:
The last book I read was The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. This is a gripping novel about a woman who wakes to the news that a plane piloted by her husband has crashed, killing him and 103 passengers. An investigation into the crash ensues, forcing Kathryn into an investigation of her own, into her husband of fifteen years, a man she’d thought she known.

This book contains all the elements that I look for in fiction: mystery, romance, and surprises. The characters are well-drawn and Shreve’s language is emotive, though I will admit some of the imagery of the plane crash will take a while to be wiped from my mind. The structure—flipping back and forth in time—allows...[read on]
About The Secrets of Midwives, from the publisher:
Three generations of women

Secrets in the present and from the past

A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…

Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva’s pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?
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--Marshal Zeringue