The Midwives of Lark Lane by Pam Howes

I’m delighted to be part of the book tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks to Bookoutoure for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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 granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother 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!

My Review:

I already loved this series, so I was delighted that there was a new episode. Straight away I was totally immersed in life in Liverpool, with all the familiar characters again.

Such a lot has happened and is happening, for our characters. Cathy has heartbreak to deal with, with the death of her beloved granny, and the loss of her baby. But her family all rally round to support her.

There’s tension all the way through the book, as we wait to see if the cunning Jack will catch up with her. He’s the one character in the book who I truly loathed.

In spite of his evil presence, however, this book is such a feelgood novel. The central theme running through these books is that, in spite of hardships or difficulties in life, family, friends and love are what’s most important.

This book can be read as a standalone, but it’s lovely to immerse yourself in the whole series. The characters are so real, and the books are such a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.

Author Bio:
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.
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