"This is women's fiction at its finest ... a wonderfully satisfying story ... touching, tender, and meticulously researched" Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister and The Mother-in-Law with new novel The Younger Wife out now.
In a family of midwives, some secrets are too big to keep hidden ...
Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy - including the identity of the baby's father - hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible.
Her mother, Grace, cannot let this secret rest, even while her own life begins to crumble around her.
For Floss, Neva's grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva's situation thrusts her 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.
MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES
"a page-turner, told with great empathy" Weekly Times
"Hepworth's skilful storytelling means past and present flow seamlessly ... heartwarming." Herald Sun
"Enchanting ... Hepworth's skilful storytelling means past and present flow seamlessly ... it's easy to lose yourself in the lives of the three, strong female protagonists." Daily Telegraph
"Hepworth illuminates one of the most important moments in a woman's life - when she becomes a mother - and spins a story that will hold you captivated until the end" Emily Giffin, author of The One and Only
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
29-year-old Neva has followed her meddlesome mother Grace and placid grandmother Floss into the family profession of delivering babies. So when she announces that she herself is pregnant—and refuses to reveal the father’s identity—it rattles her female relatives’ sense of equilibrium. Aussie author Sally Hepworth’s novel is a briskly paced, big-hearted delight that will resonate with fans of Liane Moriarty.
Hepworth dazzles in this smart and engaging tale of three generations of midwives in Providence, R.I. Telling the story from three points of view those of her grandmother, Floss; her well-meaning but often overbearing daughter, Grace; and Grace's reticent daughter, Neva Hepworth effortlessly switches from the past to the present, moving the story forward while skillfully providing just the right amount of backstory. As the story opens, Neva has just delivered a child at the birthing center she runs and upon arriving at her grandmother's home, she spills a pitcher of water, revealing the secret beneath her baggy scrubs: she's 30 weeks pregnant. Hepworth uses this as a jumping-off point for the many secrets that follow including one of Floss's that could tear the family apart. Grace is determined to find out who fathered Neva's baby, and her insistence makes Neva all the more determined not to tell. Grace herself never had a father, and Floss has never been open with her daughter about the subject. As Neva's due date approaches, glimpses of Floss's and Grace's pasts are interwoven, allowing the reader to empathize with each woman and her decisions. This intelligent, well-plotted debut will draw readers in from the very first word and keep them engaged until the end. First printing: 75,000 copies.
Heartwarming and Moving
This is the first novel I have read from Sally I think her writing is brilliant, well detailed and moving. Secrets of Midwives was not what I had expected but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Loved reading this book. I had so many emotions throughout and the birth stories were like being there. Such a fantastic read.
The secrets of midwives
Twas an excellent read & as a midwife it was clinically accurate. I could imagine every labour by the description & enjoyed the story line.