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Coming Nov. 8, 2018 a new Hope River Novel, ONCE A MIDWIFE

In a time of turmoil, Patience Hester, a skilled and trusted midwife, along with her friend and midwife partner, Bitsy, is in many ways the only stability for the women of Hope River Valley, West Virginia. With the Great Depression behind them, Patience and her veterinarian husband Daniel watch the progression of the war in Europe with trepidation. Following the bombing at Pearl Harbor, a wave of patriotism floods America, including Hope Valley. While a patriot, Daniel Hester is also a secret pacifist. And his refusal to join the draft results in his imprisonment, leaving Patience to care for and support their four children while fighting for Daniel’s release amid the judgment from the community.

Through Patience, we understand the anxieties and struggles on the American home front ahead of World War II. And through Patience, Harman pushes readers to consider the different manifestations of patriotism, loyalty, unity, discrimination, cowardice, bravery and love.

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Escapist Literature for the Intelligent Person. The Runaway Midwife takes us on a journey from loss, grief and guilt to one of love, forgiveness and redemption. Patricia Harman deftly tells the story of a midwife who discovers that she, too, can soar like the island’s wild swans.” (New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear) “In The Runaway Midwife, Patricia Harman, delivers a fast-paced, engrossing tale of a woman on the run from a bad marriage and an estranged daughter […] The characters are convincing, the plot tight and the conclusion convincing.” (Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice) “[Harman] draws on her experience as a midwife to add true-to-life detail to Clara’s adventure, grounding the high-stakes story. Full of hope and heart, this will appeal to anyone tempted by the thought of complete reinvention.” (Booklist) “[This] novel takes readers on a journey of transformation and self-discovery… the characters are dynamic, the central themes are relatable and the story will warm your heart and soul.” (RT Book Reviews) “Harman’s (The Midwife of Hope River) experience as a midwife shines thorough in the details in this quiet novel about a woman rediscovering her true self. Fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette will enjoy this story of a woman’s courageous reinvention.” (Library Journal) From the Back Cover Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients, calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the births of their children, and ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world. But when Clara’s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn’t been tending to her own needs and she does something drastic: she runs away to start over again in a place where no one knows her, or about the mess she’s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to tiny, remote Seagull Island in Canada, Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border. Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identity—Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But there’s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and they draw “Sara” into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer. But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never truly hide from your past.

Lost on Hope Island
The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives
contains no
goblins, dragons, magic, or villains.
It’s about two kids
shipwrecked on a desert island
and it asks one question.
If you were there, could you survive?
Are you smart enough?
Are you brave enough?
Are you kind enough?

This is a book for the kid in all of us.

Comments from Reviewers

Snuggling up with the kids to read Lost on Hope Island is just about the best way you could possibly spend your time. But reader, be forewarned: the sweet suspense between chapters will leave you with only two choices: to keep everyone up way past bedtime, or to endure the almost-certain howling protests at any mention of pausing the story.
Christy Tyner, author of Mama Midwife: A Birth Adventure

“I love all of Patricia Harman’s books, and I read Lost on Hope Island: The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives with great enthusiasm. I recommend it to everyone who loved Living on the Earth. The people in the story embody the environmental and emotional consciousness I see growing with each new generation."
Alicia Bay Laurel, artist, musician and author of Living on the Earth and Being of the Sun.

"Lost on Hope Island: The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives is brilliant story pairing 'lost' and 'hope' with a full range of trouble, sorrow, love, and resourcefulness for two castaway children. A very ordinary sister and brother survive disaster and thrive with extraordinary creativity, relying on pioneer methods and the deep values of yesteryear. Patricia Harman writes this moving and convincing portrayal from her life experience."
Philip Solem, author of Such a Road and Owlstones.

Patricia Harman, CNM, has published in The Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health and The Journal of Sigma Theta Tau for Nursing Scholarship as well as alternative publications. Her first novel, The Midwife of Hope River was awarded book of the year by the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2014. Harman got her start as a lay-midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the '60s and '70s, going on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives and works near Morgantown, West Virginia, and has three grown sons. Read more about Patricia Harman.

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