I needed an audio book for my commute! This conundrum often helps me find enjoyable books I would not have picked otherwise. I liked the look and sound of this book and was in the mood for a “feel good” story. I listened to the sample to be sure I could stand the reader and decided it would be fun.
Ella is ready to embark on the next stage of her London dream life with her record-producer fiance-even agreeing to forgo the wedding in the lovely church at home in Cornwall (see map) to fulfill his dream of marrying where Paul McCartney and Linda did all those years ago. When that plan takes a different turn Ella, a rising midwife with a career in high-risk births, briefly becomes an internet sensation. Running home to Cornwall to wait out her notoriety, Ella takes a short-term contract as a midwife at the local hospital coming face-to-face with her romantic past when one of her first patients is her old boyfriend’s sister. As the months back home in St. Agnes go by Ella feels both more comfortable and a bit worried–was her very expensive education and start in London life really done for her to just deliver babies at home in St. Agnes? Surly her parent’s life savings were worth a higher-profile career, right? But then there’s…..[no spoilers].
This story was exactly what I needed! Feel good, but not cloying, no “oh, come on” coincidences. Ordinary people, enjoying ordinary lives, fulfilling ordinary dreams but in an extraordinarily wonderful way.
The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett