I may be the last one in the world to hear of this series by Jennifer Worth that is now a TV series. You can get the first season at AMAZON.
Me, being the bookish type, read the first book instead of watching the series on TV. The next book is available on January 8 and the third in the series will be available in March.
Holy cows, what a lovely book!
It is Midwife Jennifer Worth's story of delivering babies in the 1950s in the East End of London. She accepts the position before she realizes that she will be working and living with the Convent of Nonnatus nuns who have taken as their life work birthing the babies of the low and middle class East Enders in London.
The story is much more than a baby birthing book. It tells of the poverty, prostitution and overall despair found in this neighborhood.
There is one somewhat graphic description of breech birth that leaves me fairly confident that I could probably deliver a breech birth with this book beside me. Do not tell me I didn't warn you.
The lovely and most surprising element is religious. Jennifer started her work with the Nonnatus nuns as a somewhat irreligious young woman. In the end, she seeks the advice of Sister Monica Joan:
No one can give you faith. It is a gift from God alone. Seek and ye shall find. Read the Gospels. There is no other way. Do not pester me with your everlasting questions. Go with God, child; just go with God. (p. 319).
Other great quotes:
How sweet. Old enough to know it all, and young enough to blush (p. 276).
Now and then in life, love catches you unawares, illuminating the dark corners of your mind, and filling them with radiance. Once in a while you are faced with a beauty and a joy that takes your soul, all unprepared, by assault (p. 313).
Also, in preparation for the Austen Persuasion readalong, did you know:
So, like Jane Austen, who in all her writing never recorded a conversation between two men alone, because as a woman, she could not know what exclusively male conversation would be like... (p. 18).
I posted some other great quotes on new page in my header. Go check them out.
Dare I say, I may have just read one of my best of 2013 already?