Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett
Continuing a strong theme of women supporting women, Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett is #6 in the heartfelt Cornish midwife series.
Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Midwifery, Series, Cornwall
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My Summary of Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife:
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Two single parents, daughters who are best friends, and a supportive community of midwives are the ingredients for a heartfelt and memorable story. Nadia (a midwife), her mother (Frankie), and Dr. Spencer are surrounded by a colorful cast of supporting characters. Nadia and Dr. Spencer are single parents and their young daughters are best friends from school. Of course, play dates are scheduled and a few sparks fly between Nadia and the doctor. A budding romance is only one aspect of this drama-filled story as relationships among the birth center staff and pending births drive a great deal of the action.
Even though Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. However, for a richer reading experience, I recommend reading the series in order. Each installment focuses on one midwife and issues are resolved at story’s end. I’m not sure if this is the last of the series, but I’ll happily read additional installments. I love a good series and I appreciate this one because of its theme of women supporting women, engaging and thoughtful content, closed door romance, and no profanity. Even though each story has a bit of trauma and angst, I still consider them “uplit” overall.
Another book I’ve reviewed in the series: A Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife.
The first book in the series is called The Cornish Midwife and we are introduced to the group of amazing midwives and the charming, small community of St. Agnes along the Cornish coast.
The characters are the best part of the Cornish Midwife series. Each installment in the series focuses on a character who works as a midwife in the community and is facing a personal life crisis. In this story, Nadia is a single mom trying to make it all work despite lack of support from her daughter’s deadbeat father. Nadia enjoys a wonderful support system composed of the midwife team and her mother, and recently, her new doctor friend. The possibility of romance surprises her in all the best ways, but Nadia and Dr. Spencer have some obstacles to overcome. Nadia’s mom, Frankie, and Dr. Spencer are well-drawn characters that round out the story. Frankie’s son (Nadia’s brother) has lingering anger over his mom’s divorce and this causes Frankie to keep her new love interest a secret. Dr. Spencer’s backstory is poignant and emotional.
In addition to themes common to midwifery, pregnancy, and delivery of babies, other thoughtful themes include women supporting women, slow-burn romance, family support, moving forward, health issues, and close-knit community. Although the title suggests that this is a Christmas story, Christmas is more of a backdrop to the story rather than a primary focus.
Content Consideration: cancer
Recommending Mistletoe and Magic For the Cornish Midwife
I highly recommend Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife (and the entire series) for readers who love well-written women’s fiction with substantial themes, a focus on the midwife profession, and small coastal villages. The Cornish midwife series is one of my favorite series for those looking to binge read women’s fiction with realistic characters.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author of Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife, Jo Bartlett
I was born a stone’s throw from the English Channel and I still live near the sea in Kent, with my own family – so close to the South Eastern edge of England that we’re very nearly French – and it’s probably why so many of my books are set near the sea too. I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember, but never really took it any further. Concentrating on my career and family, writing went on the back burner until a catalyst called cancer gave me a major kick up the proverbial. I decided I was going to write that novel after all.
Since having my debut novel published in 2015, things have happened quite quickly and I have recently released my twentieth novel. I’ve been able to fulfill a childhood dream of walking into WHSmiths and buying a book with my name on it and I still find it almost impossible to believe that my books have been bestsellers on Amazon too. I write contemporary women’s fiction, with a focus on love, friendship, family and community, when I’m not knee deep in assignments at the university where I still teach part-time.
My ambition to drink tea and make stuff up on a full-time basis is ever closer and if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or my author page on Facebook, I might even say something interesting one of these days… although I wouldn’t hold your breath!
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