About the Book
Book: The Midwife’s Heart
Author: Brenda Ray
As Abraham’s descendants prepare to cross into the Promised Land, led by Moses, Hannah, a disillusioned midwife will be tested in ways she cannot imagine. She wanted love, a home, and children, but gave up on that dream long ago. One heartbreak and humiliation was enough.
Ze-ev is a commander in the army, protecting his people. Busy doing what must be done, finding a wife is not his priority. Besides, when his childhood sweetheart marries another, he lost interest in securing a match to be his bride.
When he meets Hannah, they are both tested. Will either of them let down their guard long enough to trust again?
Set on the Plains of Moab, amidst attacks on the camp, spies, plague, and the unprecedented request of Zelophehad’s daughters, Ze-ev and Hannah must navigate the thorny path of the heart.
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About the Author
RWA award-winning author, Brenda Ray, grew up along the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida. A University of Florida trained nurse-midwife, she traveled as a military wife and raised three remarkable sons. She is now retired and writing full time in Vero Beach, FL. A graduate of the University of Florida, as well, she is always confused during football season, but she is never confused about loving feedback from her readers. You may contact her at: www.wildwolfwomanwriter.com
More from Brenda
I didn’t set out to be a writer. In 1997, I was a practicing nurse-midwife, blessed to have delivered hundreds of babies. In one day, latex allergy abruptly ended my career, ended my job, and took my health. Seven years of college felt like a waste. At times the grief felt bottomless.
My strong faith in God got me through that dark time. My daily meditation and clinging to God’s Word were by lifelines. One morning, while reading the second chapter of Exodus, (which I had read many times before) the story of Puah and Shiphrah struck me in a new way.
I began asking myself how that came to be. Why would a pharaoh order his future workforce murdered? Did all the babies arrive before the midwives could arrive or did the midwives lie? With much research and study and my own experiences as a midwife, the answers to those questions became The Midwife’s Song: A Story of Moses’ Birth.
The book started a flood of writing that continues today. Writing is a creative process and as the Holy Scripture teach, “In the beginning, God created….” We are told we are made in God’s image. Thus, we ourselves are destines to create. For me, it has been quilting, sewing, cooking, and writing. I also write under the pen name of B. K. Ricotta. Two of a Kind is my first book under that name. A sweet novella will be released soon by Wild Rose Press entitled A Love So Sweetby B. K. Ricotta. Finally, the finishing touches are being done on a historical romance set in Northwest Florida when it was a new state.
I enjoyed reading about Hannah and her ability as a midwife. She seemed to always be busy and I loved how much care she gave the mothers and their newborns. Although the book does highlight her as a midwife I found myself more captivated by her wanting a family.
She thinks she has grown too old to marry much less have a child. She also is wary because she was deeply hurt and betrayed by a man once before. Ze-ev is a powerful man who other women in the camp notice. His presence makes Hannah nervous yet she liked to be around him. It was interesting to read how the women were treated in camp. They had very strict rules and if they disobeyed the consequences were unpleasant. It would be difficult to live during this time period as there was danger all around.
I enjoyed the talks that Hannah and Ze-ev shared. They talked about the promised land and dreamed of raising a family. I wonder when one of them will share their feelings with the other? When the plague comes and takes the lives of those at camp and surrounding area, chaos breaks out. Hannah feels helpless as men lay dying. The story is filled with jealousy, deceit, promises, and love. I enjoyed getting to learn more about Hannah. The story was one that reminds us to forgive and that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Brenda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of “The Midwife’s Song: A Story of Moses’ Birth (1st edition) and a few rainy day comfort items!!
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