This is the fifth book in the Cornish Midwives series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel.
Izzy is a midwife in Cornwall and is very close to her grandparents, while being estranged from her mother Kirsten. But her grandmother Eileen has a terminal illness and Izzy knows their time together is not as long as she’d like it to be.
Meanwhile, a new arrival is exciting the midwives – a man known as #TheFitVic online is taking over in Port Agnes while Reverend Sampson has an operation. Reverend Andrews (Noah), however, isn’t pleased about being sent to such a quiet place. His little dachshund Pablo seems quite happy though. I do love a good dog in a novel!
As you would expect, there are plenty of ups and downs for both characters. Noah helps Izzy through her grief, but will there be romance between them, or are there too many obstacles to overcome? Of course, you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what happens.
I love Jo Bartlett’s books. They are easy to get into, I am always hooked by the first couple of pages. I am really interested in babies and midwives (I’m a mum of five myself) and I enjoy reading about all the pregnancies, labours and births.
I love the team of midwives Jo has created and following their lives through the series. I enjoy catching up with characters from the previous books too. Each of the characters is very believable and you care about them and hope things turn out well. Gwen (one of the midwives) is always hilarious and comes out with lots of very funny comments. The dialogue in general is really good, often very witty with some fab one-liners.
As well as the romantic element present in Jo’s books, there’s always plenty of drama and the sort of things people experience all the time – friendships, family dynamics, health issues, etc. I loved how close Izzy was to her grandparents, but our elder family members becoming ill is also something most of us have to deal with, so it is easy to relate to her plight. Jo’s characters are always relatable and I think this is one of her many strengths. Her books don’t shy away from serious issues and you may find some of this story upsetting, but her novels are very engaging and always worth reading.
A Leap of Faith for the Cornish Midwife
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?
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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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