The American Dream (2015)
The Midwife's Legacy (2012)

 

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“It is the gift of midwifery to be present at the hour of birth, to speak courage and potency to the mother, to tell her that she is capable of delivering this new life into the world…
“A faithful midwife learns to love, to cry, to pray, and to say good-bye.” Thus ends the prologue to Jane Kirkpatrick’s novella A Mother’s Cry. The story that was included in both The Midwife’s Legacy (2012) and The American Dream (2015).

The Midwife’s Legacy – Four novellas, four authors, a common story thread
Peek into an aged journal that links the adventurous lives of four courageous midwives. Wisconsin farmer, widow, mother, and midwife Adele Marley is too busy for a smitten, unwavering banker. To survive in love and life, Polly Schultz must rise above her fears on the Oregon Trail. Christiana is in a battle to prove to one man that she can be both a wife and a midwife. Her confidence shaken, Kendra Silverstone needs confirmation of God’s hand in her life and love. How will God work to give these women the direction they need?

The American Dream Romance Collection: Nine Historical Romances Grow Alongside a New Country
Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

"A Mother's Cry"

Setting

FarmFarm

Pictured above: Mirror Pond | Mondovi Farm, both in Jane's native Wisconsin

A Mother's Cry is set in mid-19th Century Wisconsin.

Character

Midwife

Midwife and widow Adele Marley is content with an adopted daughter, a Wisconsin Farm, and her role in the community.

From the Journal of Adele Marley

"If the labor stalls, consider baking bread. The aroma of it will comfort the mother and allow the process to proceed"
"Be an even stable influence, never cheery one day and morose the next."
“It is good to remember that physicians often find that in delivery, clotting improves for a hemophiliac, perhaps as a natural protection for both mother and baby…”

4.5 stars for A Midwife's Legacy

I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the concept was fascinating, and liked the way it tied the four stories together. Each of the women is so different but they are tied together by family, profession and the journal.
I appreciated the inclusion of the Oregon Trail, the first thing I think of when I think of Oregon, but I think the book is slightly mislabeled. However this was a minor issue for me. I did think it ironic that of the four authors the only one who lives in Oregon wrote one not set in the state.
Faith is a major theme in this book. Each one of the women experiences circumstances that does or could shake their faith, but their faith is the only thing that gets them through.
Overall, this is an interesting book. I give it four and a half out of five stars.
  - CHRISTIN DICKER, CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEW

Praise for Jane Kirkpatrick's A Mother's Cry

“While I am leary of midwife stories (past trauma of an airplane ride with only an Oprah endorsed library book, which this {story – “A Mother’s Cry”}… may have finally mitigated), I was happy to find this was a story with a mature hero and heroine.  The older I get, the more I appreciate this in my reading.”  Yvette - Bookworlder

5 stars for The American Dream...

"The insertion of faith, hope, redemption, love, and trust in God made this an inspiring set of historical tales. I savored each one, taking my time to read through them; this is a lengthy read, but quite enjoyable. Found a few new authors to read, plus some delicious sounding recipes to try out from a Colonial era cookbook too.
Recommend this well-written collection of tales from early America, especially for historical Christian romance fans. 4.5 stars"
Barnes & Noble reader: Wildflower Mom

 

Writer's Recollections

What fun it was to write about my home town back in the mid 1800's. The photograph of Mirror Pond looks very much like how it looked when I was a child and the tall white mill still stood. In the winter I'd ice skate on that pond (they call it a lake now) and once on my February birthday I went there with my dad to ice fish. Very cold, especially my feet as we didn't have a little hut and mostly I think my dad wanted to chat with the other farmers taking a day off to fish.

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