Ok. I admit it. I got this book because I love the TV show “Call the Midwife” and I saw it and got all excited cause it’s a cozy mystery set in a historical setting with a main character who is a midwife. That hits a lot of my interest points. Now, this is nothing like “Call the Midwife”, other than there’s a midwife (I wasn’t expecting it to be, of course, as it’s set in 1888). Thankfully, what this is is a really engrossing cozy mystery.
The setting of 1888 Massachusetts was fascinating and unique. I loved reading about all the characters who lived in the town. They were all unique unto each other and, though there were many characters, they were easily distinguishable so there wasn’t any confusion. My favorite character had to be the leading lady, Rose. I adored Rose. She was likable, strong, and smart. She was also different from many others in town because she is a Quaker. I really like Rose’s struggle of living in a “modern” world whilst trying to live the life of a good Quaker. I thought seeing Rose’s interaction between Quaker and non-Quaker towns-people and how they differ was great. She is torn between two worlds, trying to discover what feels right to her and where she wants to end up. I’m really interested in seeing where this struggle leads her in future books.
The pace of the story was very good. I was a bit worried at first, as 300 pages for a cozy mystery is a bit long, but with all that goes on, I wouldn’t edit it down at all. It was plotted and paced beautifully.
My only complaint is that this felt like the second book in a series. So much so that I actually checked GoodReads twice to make sure this was, in fact, the first of the series. Things in the past are mentioned in such a way that I was sure I missed something. I hope that there is a expansion to these things in future books, which, by the way, I’ll definitely be checking out.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**