Monday 4 July 2022

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett


Boldwood Books

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of the book
and to Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to the blog tour

Midwife Izzy is devastated to learn that her beloved grandmother is dying. Abandoned as a baby by her own mother, her grandparents have been the only family Izzy has ever known and she wants to spend every last precious moment with them.

New locum vicar, Noah, is a wonderful support – kind, considerate and always there for Izzy whenever she needs a shoulder to cry on. But secretly Noah is battling his own doubts about his faith – how can he offer Izzy comfort if he doesn’t truly believe his own words?

When Izzy and Noah are brought together to support grieving parents, Noah reaches breaking point. He can't stay in Port Agnes and live a lie. But Izzy is adamant it’s the only place she can be….

Will love find a way or will Izzy's hopes of a future be dashed?

πŸ“– My Review ...

This series just gets better and better and as I finish each story I think...ooh, that was my favourite, but this time I really do think that A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife is quite special as it made me laugh, and cry, in equal measure.

We first met the lovely midwife, Izzy, in the previous book but in A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife we really get to know so much more about her and her lovely grandparents, who are renting a houseboat in Port Agnes, especially as Izzy's  beloved Nonna Eileen wants to experience the beauty of the seaside in the final few months of her life. The friendliness of this cosy community, the midwives who run the small maternity hospital, and particularly, Noah, the new locum vicar at St Jude's,  all combine to make this such a delightful read.

The story covers a whole range of hard hitting topics, from homelessness, to terminal illness, stillbirth and heart rending grief, but does so in a lovely compassionate way so that whilst the sadness is very realistic there is still hope and a measure of joy. Everything is done with such fine attention to detail and having worked as both a midwife and a palliative care professional I can vouch that the medical details are sensitively, and accurately, depicted.

The author has invested so much love into these stories, which are so beautifully written, that the series has power to just run and run. I can't see the Cornish Midwives ever getting stale as there is still so much to explore especially as new midwives join the practice and the established ones continue to live their lives with partners and families. 

Whilst it's perfectly possible to read A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife as a standalone, it does make sense to start at the beginning and get to know the Cornish midwives, the magical coastal town of Port Agnes and all the lovely characters who call this little Cornish town their home.

πŸͺ Best Read with .. Frankie's salted caramel brownies.

About the Author

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of over nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Her first title for Boldwood is The Cornish Midwife – part of a twelve-book deal.

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