The Midwives of Lark Lane
I’m so excited to be joining the Books-on-Tour for The Midwives Of Lark Lane by Pam Howes on Publication Day!
Huge congratulations to Pam and Bookouture on this fabulous new release.
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 grandmother’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her granny 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!
I’m a huge fan of the Lark Lane series and couldn’t wait to read this one and meet up with all the girls and their families again.
This time the main focus is on Cathy who is newly married and training to become a midwife. With her family eager to help her fulfill her dreams and a husband who wants to see her succeed, things are going well for Cathy. However, a dark cloud looms over her in the form of her mother’s ex-husband Jack. Wow! What a character Jack is!… dark, vile and incredibly sinister.
I savoured every minute of this book. Cathy’s family and friends are a tight-knit bunch who would literally do anything for each other. Life in Liverpool in the Sixties was tough and yet they faced their hardships with a smile. Pam Howes books are guaranteed to be uplifting and heartwarming, however, she knows how to create utterly vile characters too!
I really enjoyed reading how the girls set up the Woodlands Maternity Home and how much they cared for the young mums to be. There was a huge community spirit and colleagues from the past were offered employment, making a really special team. A heartwarming and inspiring read!
Thank you to Sarah from Bookouture for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
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.