Review and Blog Tour for The Midwife’s Winter Wish by John Bartlett

An uplifting and emotional novel about finding the courage to follow your heart, always having hope, and the magic of falling in love as the snow falls, from top 10 Bestselling author, Jo Bartlett.

As winter descends on the coastal town of Port Agnes, midwife Toni Samuels’ mood is as dark as the winter clouds that roll in. Toni loves her job as a midwife, but her private life is falling apart. Because Toni is keeping a secret– a relationship with fellow male midwife Bobby that no one can ever know about.

Kind and gorgeous, Bobby is a huge hit at the midwifery centre, but he’s tired of keeping his feelings for Toni a secret – of always coming second best. He knows that Toni’s past is painful, but unless she can be open with her feelings for him, he’s prepared to walk away from their love.

Toni loves Bobby and wishes things could be different between them. But torn between her past and a future with him, everything seems hopeless. Until fate hands Toni one last chance…

Now Toni’s secret wish is in her hands…if only she can be brave enough to take a chance and make her dreams come true.

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Oh, I’ve been waiting to find out what was up with Toni throughout the first two books. I should mention that although this is book three and we are introduced to Toni and Bobby earlier on, this book works as a standalone. Anything you need to know about these two is covered here.

Toni’s reason for keeping her relationship with Bobby a secret is finally out!! I had assumed it was something to do with their age difference, but it’s soooo much more complicated than that; so much more intriguing, so much sadder, and so much more maddening!

Of course I’m not going to tell you what it is. You have to read the book to find out!

Let me tell you, there were moments I just wanted to shake some sense into her crazy head. She was driving me bonkers with her surety that all was lost and that she could never be happy. I was almost ready to give up on her.

But not Bobby. The man has the patience of a saint. He’s such a darling and I couldn’t help but want to get one of his very generous hugs. While the story really focuses more on Toni’s angst and the issues she has to work through, we still have a few chapters told from his perspective. Those chapters allow us to see very clearly the struggle he faces as he has to decide if to move on or to fight what seems to be a losing battle. Each time he makes some progress, he’s faced again by one of Toni’s closed doors. Yet, somehow, he keeps finding himself drawn back to her.

We are also treated to a few chapters from fellow midwife Jess, and we catch up with the goings on in Anna and Ella’s lives. I quite enjoy these peaks; and the suspense is certainly building up for us to finally get to Jess’ story next!

The story spans several months and culminates in the winter months. It’s not really a Christmas story despite super charming cover image. But don’t worry, the charm and spirit are there in spades.

My nana always used to say that grief is what happens to the love that has nowhere to go once someone is gone.

That’s perhaps my favourite line in the story, and as you might guess from it, there are some very poignant scenes throughout the book. Grief and guilt are recurring themes as we see how various characters handle or don’t handle the losses in their lives.

Overall, this is another beautifully written and emotion-tugging installment in the Cornish Midwives series!

I give The Midwife’s Winter Wish 4.5/5 espresso shots.

About The Author

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Boldwood is publishing the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.

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