Sunday, 15 December 2019

The Midwives of Lark Lane by Pam Howes - Books on Tour Review

All’s fair in love and war… but what happens when the war is over?

After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find.

Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.

As her granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honour her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.

Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?

The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes!  

My Review

What a terrific series this has been. I absolutely loved catching up with Cathy and her family. I feel like I have really got to know them at this point.

The Midwives of Lark Lane is a story of love, friendship, heartbreak and most of all people pulling together during the difficult times. Set in Liverpool, Pam Howes has a brilliant way of bringing the personality of Liverpool folk to the pages in an excellent way. She breathes life into the characters and therefore the personality really comes through the pages.

Cathy has a lot going on, she is finishing her midwife training, her granny is poorly , her and her friends are trying to set up they own maternity hospital and on top of that she learns that her evil stepfather has escaped from prison. Jack is a very bad man, and is hell bent on getting revenge in the people he blames for his incarceration. Cathy is surrounded by people who care very deeply for her and will always help her in any way they can.

Pam Howes has written a truly magnificent story, a family saga that while heartbreaking at times really gave me a warm feeling throughout. It's a book that highlights the joys of having a close family, and a support network to help you through hard times. I have absolutely loved this series and I hope there will be more additions to it as I would love to see what the future holds for Cathy and her family.

Author Bio

Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner. The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing. 


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