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Beautifully written...you learn to care about the characters. Good mystery too, interesting court procedures. Highly recommended.
posted Feb 19, 2007 at 10:50AM
The novel tells the story of Sibyl Danforth, a midwife put on trial for the death of one of her clients. On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont. Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of a stroke. However, what if Sibyl's patient wasn't dead--and Sibyl inadvertently killed her? As recounted by Sibyl's 14 year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial is supposed to be about the death of a single woman but turns into a battle between science and nature as the right of a woman to choose home birth is debated. The biggest issue that I had with this book was that I never really cared about any of the characters, particularly Sibyl. I found her to be a little too “Earth Mother,” and her descriptions of pregnancy and birth were too ethereal for me. I had no real emotional attachment to any of the characters. The story had a good start, but it began meandering and never recovered. It wasn't awful, but I would have a hard time recommending it to others. 2 out of 5 stars.
posted Sep 4, 2013 at 3:36PM
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