The Secrets of Midwives is a powerful story about the buried secrets three generations of women are forced to confront. From Sally Hepworth, the number one bestselling author of The Mother-In-Law and The Family Next Door.
'Fiction at its finest' - Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies.
Neva Bradley was going to tell her family that she was pregnant – eventually. The discovery that Neva, a third-generation midwife, is six months pregnant is a surprise for everyone, but her stubborn refusal to identify the father is the greater shock. What is she hiding, and why?
Her mother, Grace, cannot let this secret rest, even while her own life begins to crumble around her – a scandal that she must keep from her husband at all costs.
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 . . .
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.