Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife, a romance novel written by Jo Bartlett.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
Midwife Jess knows she’ll never have a baby of her own, but she’s determined to still be a mum. So Jess decides to foster, providing love and support for children who desperately need it – something Jess never had as a child when she was in foster care.
Jess loves caring for the precious babies who come into her life, but letting them go again breaks her heart every time – can she really be a mum after all?
But then Jess finds a surprise on her doorstep – a newborn baby! As the search for the missing mum begins, Jess cares for the precious babe day and night. She desperately wants to reunite mum and baby, but knows that when the day comes, her own heart will shatter.
Publication date: 04/01/22
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Still a bit too cartoonish, but it’s okay!
The fourth installment of the Cornish Midwife series is here. I really appreciated the third book (A Winter Wish for the Cornish Midwife), so jumping at the chance to lay my hands on A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife has been a straightforward decision.
This time, the focus is on Jess. I already got to learn something about her in the previous book—a good way to introduce the sequel, that was clever—and here the spotlight is all hers. Other POVs are interspersed within the book, offering a glimpse of their lives and a break from the main storyline.
Choosing the MC-on-rotation format helps new readers understand what’s going on, which is a big feat in itself. I’m always wary when I have to start a series midway; infodumps disguised as recaps or being unable to keep track of who does what is a genuine issue, one that makes me grit my teeth. Bartlett seems to share my opinion on this because everything flows in a beautiful way. Thank you!
Story-wise, A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife is another gem. Bartlett knows how to write and has a firm grasp on her characters, MCs and side characters both. They all have a unique voice, they’re very human, considering, and they’re also consistent through two books—I haven’t read the first two installments, unfortunately, so I can’t comment further.
My compliments to the editor who worked on this book, too. Good job 😀
Flaws? Maybe the complexity of the plot is a bit too much. The Jess-Dexter-Dom triangle (I’m using this term in a very loose way) could have worked better if one of them had a straightforward background. Putting together different sets of problems might be overwhelming after a while.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Boldwood is publishing the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.
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