Title: Midwife in Behruz
Author: Judy Meadows
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Medical Fiction
Layla's trip to Behruz, her father's country and home of her early years, is meant to be one last adventure before she joins her dreamboat fiancé in Texas. But Behruz casts a spell on her. Her knowledge as a midwife is needed there. Serving women's health in a country where no one talks about "such things" presents interesting challenges. Majid, an American-trained doctor, is back home in Behruz serving his people. He's ready to settle down, but because of an old family bias, American women are forbidden to him. That's no problem until Layla walks into his clinic with a sassy smile, a jar of semen, and her T-shirt proclaiming, "Midwife at Your Cervix."
Midwife Layla is visiting Behruz to attend the wedding of her uncle. She has a fiancé back home in America but he fades from her mind when she meets Majid, a physician. Their first meeting is unconventional and yet, Layla can’t help her attraction to him. As they work together to bring women’s health to the forefront in Behruz, she finds what’s been missing from her life: a place to belong. But when she’s forced to choose between her life in America and her life in Behruz, which one will she choose? More importantly, which man will capture her heart and make her his wife?
Midwife in Behruz is a life-affirming story about finding where you truly belong and making a difference. Layla is a feisty heroine with a yearning to shock more than a few uptight people. Her calling is a noble one and I identified with her quest. Women’s health is vitally important and should never be silenced. Her t-shirts, while outlandish, make a point without saying a word. Her humor and heart shone as the plot progressed.
What makes this a five-star read? Besides the well-roundedness of the characters, the medical knowledge presented in this book is 100% accurate. The author, Judy Meadows, is a retired midwife but practiced for more than twenty years. While some may be repulsed by the graphic detail, birthing is not pretty after all, it added authenticity to the story. The descriptive narration is another reason why this deserves five stars. Judy Meadows describes every detail with such clarity, the reader is transported to Behruz. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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The author traveled throughout Afghanistan, when it was still peaceful, and lived in Iran for a year and a half. Her son Steve was born in Tehran. Her stories set in the Middle East aren't typical "desert sheik" stories. They're realistic stories about people with real quirks, foibles, problems, goals and PASSIONS.
Her more than 20 years work as a childbirth educator and doula inspired and informed her portrayal of Layla, "the midwife in Behruz."
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N