by Patricia Harman
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel.
Say â€œgoodbyeâ€ to your old life, and â€œhelloâ€ to the life youâ€™ve been waiting forâ€¦
Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patientsâ€¦calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their childrenâ€¦ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.
But when Claraâ€™s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasnâ€™t been tending to her own needs and does something drastic: she runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess sheâ€™s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to Sea Gull Islandâ€”a tiny, remote Canadian islandâ€”Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border.
Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identityâ€”Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But thereâ€™s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and draw â€œSaraâ€ into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer.
But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never really hide from your past.
â€œThe Runaway Midwife takes us on a journey from loss, grief and guilt to one of love, forgiveness and redemption. Patricia Harman deftly tells the story of a midwife who discovers that she, too, can soar like the islandâ€™s wild swans.â€ â€” New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear
â€œIn The Runaway Midwife, Patricia Harman, delivers a fast-paced, engrossing tale of a woman on the run from a bad marriage and an estranged daughter [â€¦] The characters are convincing, the plot tight and the conclusion convincing.â€ â€” Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice
â€œ[Harman] draws on her experience as a midwife to add true-to-life detail to Claraâ€™s adventure, grounding the high-stakes story. Full of hope and heart, this will appeal to anyone tempted by the thought of complete reinvention.â€ â€” Booklist
â€œ[This] novel takes readers on a journey of transformation and self-discoveryâ€¦ the characters are dynamic, the central themes are relatable and the story will warm your heart and soul.â€ â€” RT Book Reviews
â€œHarmanâ€™s (The Midwife of Hope River) experience as a midwife shines thorough in the details in this quiet novel about a woman rediscovering her true self. Fans of Maria Sempleâ€™s Whereâ€™d You Go Bernadette will enjoy this story of a womanâ€™s courageous reinvention.â€ â€” Library Journal