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Historical Fiction | The Wartime Midwives | Daisy Styles

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I hope you enjoyed the extract from The Wartime Midwives by Daisy Styles I shared on tour a couple of weeks ago.

Today we’re delighted to sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts. One for your reading lists!


Book cover for The Wartime Midwives by Daisy Styles.

In the dark days of war a new hope is born . . .

1939.

Mary Vale, a grand and imposing Mother & Baby Home, sits on the edge of the Lake District. Its doors are open to unmarried women who come to hide their condition and find sanctuary.

Women from all walks of life pass through Mary Vale, from beautiful waitress Emily, whose boyfriend has vanished without trace, to young Isla, cast out by her wealthy family after her first year at university goes horribly wrong.

Awaiting them is Nurse Ada and Sister Anne who work tirelessly to aid the mothers and safely deliver the babies. But the unforgiving Matron and Head of Governors, Captain Percival, have other, more sinister, ideas.

As war looms the women at Mary Vale must pull together for the sake of themselves and their babies and Ada and Anne must help protect their patients, no matter what the cost.


The Wartime Midwives by Daisy Styles is published by Penguin (16th May 2019) in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

Such an enjoyable story of the hardship endured by the women of the Mary Vale

Mother and baby home, during the early war years.

The prejudice and discrimination that the women and in turn their babies receive from society for being born out of wedlock, is heart breaking. However the determination of these ladies and young girls to break through this ‘shame’ and achieve their own happiness in life, is such an inspiration. 

The imminent threat of war allows for the reader to feel for the characters at the impending turmoil each will face – in particular with those who will be actively involved with the fight. 

Daisy Styles focuses on the individual battle fought by each girl, through the pains of labour to the hardship of the decisions to have their baby adopted.

A thoroughly good read! 

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Daisy Styles grew up in Lancashire surrounded by a family and community of strong women whose tales she loved to listen to. It was from these women, particularly her vibrant mother and Irish grandmother, that Daisy learned the art of storytelling. There was also the landscape of her childhood – wide, sweeping, empty moors and hills that ran as far as the eye could see – which was a perfect backdrop for a saga, a space big enough and wild enough to stage a drama, one about women’s lives during the Second World War.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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