Book Review with Giveaway: The Doctor & the Midwife by Sarah Alva

As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating—and inconveniently beautiful—midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride.

Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she’s heard about in an online forum. Her hunt for the climb’s location leads her to the intriguing BelayingonofHands, a man who claims to have set the route. Soon their anonymous virtual flirtation and witty exchanges deepen into a true connection. But when Audrey discovers the man from online is actually Ammon, she’s blindsided. It seems they have more in common than she could have imagined, but will their differences keep them from making the climb to true love together?

My Review

Even though the events in this book are fictional, some made me cry happy and sad tears. I loved the visual effect this author creates with her writing!

I like to read books that make me empathize with the characters like in this book. These characters were people I would enjoy meeting.

Reading this novel reminded me of all the possible myths there are surrounding home birth and midwives. I loved the first meeting between Audrey and Ammon. One thing I liked about Ammon as a doctor was that he prayed before surgery! This is the type of doctor I would want to work with.

Audrey and Ammon’s anonymous exchanges are hilarious! They had several Pride and Prejudice type moments.

I hope there is a sequel featuring the roommates Ellie and Freddy! That would be sweet!

I received a free copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.


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About the Author

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I grew up in Tucson, AZ but have lived in Salt Lake City for almost ten years now. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a tween. The first X-Men movie, the one released circa 2000, inspired my first attempt at a book. I dabbled in lot of different ideas until I wrote my first “novel” when I was fourteen. I say “novel” because it was 70 single-spaced pages of dialogue. I thought “revision” meant going through and adding missing commas and periods. But it was a start. I wrote “novels” all through high school but stopped writing fiction when I got to college

I attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, majoring in Political Science. Somewhere during my junior year of college I realized I didn’t have the guts for politics. I also met my husband, Brandon, around this time who was working on his MFA in nonfiction. I caught the writing bug again and added a double major of Creative Writing. However, I soon realized an undergraduate fiction workshop was not the place for my “love stories.” I changed my emphasis to nonfiction and wrote essays about love (and being Mormon).

I returned to fiction after I graduated from college. In 2010 I participated in NaNoWriMo and rewrote the “novel” I had written when I was fourteen. This time my characters had arcs and more than one conflict. I spent far too many years revising it. In 2014 I compiled the essays I had written in college and added a few new ones to create a collection entitled Confessions of A Mormon Bride.The collection was published on and won a Watty Award for “Most Addictive Read.”

Now I’m living the dream. I’m a stay-at-home mom to two little boys. I spend a lot of time on Facebook, I eat a lot of carbs, and take a lot of naps. I like to grocery shop, listen to National Public Radio, and talk politics with my super smart husband.

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