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Title: Midwife in Behruz
Author: Judy Meadows
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: January 1st, 2018
I hadn’t read anything by this author before but I’ll never hesitate to do so in future. This was a moving, enjoyable romance set in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Behruz. That is where the heroine, Midwife Layla Shrivani, returns to the country of her birth to attend the wedding of her father’s half brother, the Sultan, Abu-Khan. Following the untimely death of her father when she was seven years old, Layla has lived with her Mother and three siblings in America but is drawn to visit her homeland again before she marries her childhood crush. A request from her uncle, a chance meeting and the opportunity to use her skills lead to so much more, including making her question her own plans for the future.
The exotic setting, different social norms, expectations and cultural aspects of this story all set it apart from any others I’ve read. I particularly appreciated the author’s writing style and vivid descriptions of locations like the bazaar! The author’s voice draws the reader right into the heart of the story, bringing it to life in the readers imagination. There’s plenty of humour – especially with the slogans on Layla’s t-shirts – and emotional drama, in this medical romance. There’s also many insights into experiences living in two different cultures and how these can impact on expectations and relationships.
It is a story of re-evaluating choices, seeking your calling and following your dreams to help others. It is definitely different to the other Middle Eastern based stories I’ve read recently, with no worries about a young lady walking unaccompanied or without a chador, or any zealots or extremists around – but it is fiction! It is definitely a thoroughly enjoyable read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone seeking a tender love story with great characters and very different setting.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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 a blond fiancé back home.