The Secrets of Midwives Sally Hepworth
"Wonderfully satisfying...Touching, tender and meticulously researched." —New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty
The Secrets of Midwives follows three generations in a family of midwives — mother, daughter, and grandmother — and the secrets of their pasts that are revealed when the youngest unmarried daughter reveals she herself is pregnant.
Neva Bradley is a third-generation midwife living in Boston. A natural introvert, she’s never courted attention like her flamboyant mother, nor become a trailblazer like her grandmother. So when she finds out she’s pregnant, Neva decides to keep the news a secret from her family and coworkers. But she soon realizes that even the bulkiest sweater isn’t going to keep her news hidden forever. She’s going to have to admit she’s pregnant…and reveal the identity of the baby’s father.
Grace, Neva’s mother, craves the passion and attention her daughter shies from. But her once-hot relationship with her husband is sputtering, and her own daughter barely tolerates her. When Neva announces her pregnancy — and refuses to reveal the baby’s father — Grace finds herself a challenge that just might add some excitement to her dreary life.
Then there's Floss, Neva’s grandmother, a retired midwife enjoying a new relationship, the first authentic one of her life. But when her granddaughter reveals the mysterious nature of her pregnancy, Floss is thrust back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s — a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all.
Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?
Sally Hepworth is a former HR executive who lives in Australia with her English husband and their two kids Oscar and Eloise. Her first novel, Love Like the French, will be published in spring 2014 by Random House Germany.
Published by St. Martin's Press in 2014.