Literature

A Heartful And Light Read | “A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife” by Jo Bartlett (2021) Book Review

This book is part of the Cornish Midwife series. It is the fourth book of the series but this is the first book I am reading by author Jo Bartlett. All the books of the Cornish series have been set in the Cornish seaside town of Port Anges and each book is about one of the midwives in the Port Anges Midwifery Unit.

“A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife” tells us the story of Jess Kennedy. We follow her as she tries to overcome her abandonment and intimacy issues which come from her life as a foster child that traces back to the death of her mother, after which her father abandoned her. Her childhood has molded her to cling to people and always search for the one person with whom she could feel close with.

Things have also not been easy for her since her marriage disintegrated shortly after she found out that she’s not able to have kids. She applies to be a transitory foster mom to fulfill her longing to be around children, and during the approval process, she meets Dexter. But things change unexpectedly when she discovers a newborn baby left unattended in front of her house and no one knows whose baby it is.

We follow Jess as she tries to come to terms with her inner conflicts and her insecurities. The unknown baby becomes the focal point of her inner turmoil and unresolved emotional hang-ups. As the story moves on, we get to know whether she understands herself and is able to get herself back on track.

Overall, it’s a sufficiently interesting story told with good depth of emotions. The principal characters, Jess and Dexter, are likable people and are relatable. I particularly loved Dexter’s characterization, but I can’t say the same about Jess. I definitely understood where she is coming from and the reason for her various conflicts; it’s just I didn’t always agree with them. Still, the ending of the story was definitely satisfying.

Anyone who like to read something light and romantic which pulls on your heartstrings just a little, should give this book a try.

This book gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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