By Jennifer Worth
An unforgettable actual tale, The Midwife is the root for the hit PBS drama Call the Midwife
At the age of 22, Jennifer worthy leaves her cozy domestic to maneuver right into a convent and develop into a midwife in publish struggle London's East finish slums. the colourful characters she meets whereas providing infants in all places London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the lady with twenty-four kids who cannot converse English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a desirable time in heritage. superbly written and completely relocating, The Midwife will contact the hearts of someone who's, and everybody who has, a mom.
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