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Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | Jennifer Worth
The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton AbbeyViewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of womenfrom the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.Based on Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series.
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thewallflower0707
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Finished with a whooping ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
I have loved the series for YEARS (Netflix has removed it- disgraceful- and I am seriously contemplating of just buying all the 7 seasons DVDs to catch up) and I really enjoyed this book. Worth is a wonderful narrator and each chapter is a glimpse into her world. Fascinating insight into the East End & the development of society and medicine.

#read #review #callthemidwife #nonfiction

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thewallflower0707
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I love the show, so I bought this and an interesting looking book about the Tube at the Museum of London, a place I recommend for every hobby historican.

#callthemidwife #london #holiday

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InnerSavvy
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I did not finish. Due so returned. Hope to finish these midwife stories in the future.

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Court7
Mehso-so

This might be one of the few times I enjoyed the screen version more than the book version. Will still probably get around to reading the next one at somepoint.

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Mitch
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I love this programme - warm hearted, feel good Sunday night viewing. But a board game?? How?? #bookishproblems

Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍😍📚📖 8mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 8mo
twohectobooks Lolwut 8mo
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Violetta
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This book is a great memoir about life and work of 1950th British midwife. Obviously, Worth isn't a professional writer, so the book has quite simple manner, but, at the same time, it's really heartful, curious and sometimes shocking. Looking forward to other books in the series, I certainly want to know more about favorite characters 😊 #Booked2019 #RelatedtoaPodcast @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Violetta I don't listen to podcasts though, so I just found one about the book I've been planning to read 😋 9mo
Reecaspieces One of my favs. And the tv show was super 9mo
Violetta @Reecaspieces I'm planning to watch the show soon 9mo
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Cinfhen Is that Russian?? Or am I completely off.. 9mo
Violetta @Cinfhen It's Russian edition, you are right. We have the TV-show cover, but the font is huge! The book is 600 pages long compared to 350 in English! 😲 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I have this one on my TBR shelf. Thanks for the review! And good job on finishing the prompt. 😎 9mo
Violetta @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! ☺️ I still have 3 books for winter though, so the schedule is a bit pressing 😁 9mo
Cinfhen No rush!! You can still read the prompts throughout the year!!! And it still counts towards the drawing!! 9mo
Violetta @Cinfhen I love that challenge for being so not pressing 😊, but I want to manage all the themes, so I'll try to manage. It helps that I like all the books so far 9mo
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BookNerd9906
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Only a quick 20 minute walk this morning. Still too much ice and snow for this little guy. I had to carry him part of the way home because his little paws were cold. 🥶🐶 I‘ll try to hit the gym this afternoon to get my steps in!
#litsywalkers @kaye

Kaye Good job 👍🏼. I‘m halfway done. Got my gym time in. Still need a walk. 9mo
Wife 🌹 9mo
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BookNerd9906
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Snow and freezing rain all day here, but I made it to the gym for my #audiowalk and did some #audiocooking too. Really enjoying this one so far. #litsywalkers @kaye

Kaye Great job ! Good book ! 9mo
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KirstieE
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Was hoping for more of a background on the nurses themselves and a conclusion to their ends. That being said, I really enjoyed this book 🙌🏻

4 🌟 #nonfiction

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KirstieE
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#currentlyreading and flying through this! After watching a few seasons of the Netflix show, I decided to pick up the book and it's so so good 👩🏻‍⚕️

Patchshank My mom loves that show. I had no idea it was a book. I wonder if she knows. 10mo
KirstieE @Patchshank you must tell her! Although I wanted it be a lot more about the nurses themselves, it was still a really enjoyable book ☺️ 10mo
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emilyhaldi
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I made it through the top 3 in this stack for #24in48 but only managed about 11 hours total. Not bad considering the other obligations I had this weekend. AND both novellas were an easy 5 stars 🤗⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Birdsong28 Are you watching Call the Midwife? It's so good! 😘📚📖 10mo
Kalalalatja Yay you! 10mo
emilyhaldi No I haven't seen it!! @Birdsong28 but I've heard good things. Thanks for verifying the same!! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I hope you‘re liking Midwife! 10mo
Mdargusch Nice little stack. 10mo
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emilyhaldi
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Had to take a break from my reading to research this statement. It seems that in fact Austen did write a conversation between Edmund and his father in chapter 20 of Mansfield Park. Considering Austen had 5 brothers it would seem that she would know something about male dialogue from that alone 🤔

saresmoore Pfft. Good catch! 10mo
saresmoore Besides, it‘s not as if Austen never had the chance to spy on such conversations. I mean, really, she was a writer. 10mo
LeahBergen Nice bit of research there! 👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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emilyhaldi It was quite a small bit of research if I‘m being honest 😉... google makes everything easy!! @saresmoore @LeahBergen 10mo
llwheeler Psh. That's like the intro of my copy of Silas Marner that was all "it's amazing that she could write such realistic tavern scenes since she was a woman and could never have been there!" So stupid. On so many levels. 10mo
Reviewsbylola Lol I love that a blurb like that probably sent you off on an hour long tangent. 😂 10mo
batsy Yikes! I find that passage annoying enough to be giving the book a side-eye for a little while after 😂 10mo
Mdargusch Me too @Reviewsbylola 🤣 10mo
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Blueroseis

I've just watched the Christmas episode of Call the Midwife on TV. It captured all that is good in people at this time of year.

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Jennick2004
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I decided to read this book after watching the show and wasn‘t disappointed. Though in the show you learn much more about the other midwives, in the book you hear about the women and their families. I really enjoyed learning about Mrs Jenkins, whom I only recall briefly meeting in the show!
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Jennick2004
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Hoping to get some reading done during my son‘s 2 hour archery practice! #practicereading #archerymom

AlaMich That‘s so cool! Is that a school thing? 12mo
Jennick2004 @AlaMich nope this is our county youth team! 12mo
AlaMich @Jennick2004 I‘ve never heard of youth archery leagues around me, not that I necessarily would. I‘m sure he has a blast! 12mo
Jennick2004 @AlaMich he isn‘t interested in any traditional sports; he‘s a hunter and fisherman, so it‘s nice to be able to put it in a team setting! 12mo
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Jennick2004
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Really enjoying this one, though I will admit the Cockney is a bit difficult to decipher lol!
#goodread

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Jennick2004
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💜💙 I‘m gonna love this one!

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Deborah42
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An utterly fascinating memoir written by a midwife about her experiences as an idealistic young trainee in a poor neighborhood in 1950s London. She tells her patients‘ stories and describes the lessons she learns without sugarcoating.

It‘s frightening to see the dangers women face when they aren‘t able to control their reproductive lives.

Beatlefan129 Have you watched the series? It was on public television a while back and I thought it was really well done 12mo
Deborah42 Beatlefan129 I haven‘t watched the show, but I do plan to check it out once I finish the books. 12mo
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MeganAnn
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After falling in love with this tv show on Netflix, I knew I needed to read the book. I rarely read nonfiction, but I loved the book just as much as the show. ❤️ Jennifer Worth tells about her time as a midwife in London‘s East End in a heartwarming, wholly engaging voice while pointing out many of the differences between living in the 1950s vs. now as well as the injustices the poor of that area suffered. #makemereadit book 10

whatrebeccasread I've recently started the TV show, definitely going to give this a read! 💜 1y
MeganAnn @whatrebeccasread you definitely should!! You‘ll recognize many of the stories in the book from the show. Enjoy 😊❤️ 1y
CGKOENS I read all three books in this series before the show was on TV. Excellent, thought provoking sobering, and fascinating. I highly recommend the series of three! 1y
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taraWritesSci
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How soon we forget the horrific conditions for women pre 1960s medicine. Some of the stories were hard to read, realizing how much suffering was involved, but they were wisely interspersed with humorous, and often wild, stories that kept the pages turning.

This is one of the rare instances where I think the television show is better than the book. The protagonist/author was grating, and the show is a better representation of the characters.

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taraWritesSci
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Yay! Just in time for the weekend! So much party happening around here, woo! I can't be contained!

(Reality: tearing up sub flooring in my kitchen and putting new stuff down. Whole lot of labor intensive work for the weekend.)

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BeththeBookDragon
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Not a fan of TV/Movie covers, but I‘m enjoying what‘s inside!

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taraWritesSci
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The letter C, so sayeth @JoScho for #manicmonday

Book: Cloud Atlas
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Movie/Show: Call the Midwife
Food: Chocolate!

*I'm terrible about favorites, these are just more recent and thus quickest to recall. Except chocolate, that will always be my favorite food. 😀

JoScho Thanks for playing and yes it is very difficult to pick just one 💖 1y
TaylorMay Haha I'm bad at picking favorites too! I still need to try Call the Midwife. I know I'll love it but I haven't started it yet 1y
taraWritesSci @TaylorMay I love the series, and can't recommend it enough, especially with such an amazing cast. I haven't read the book (s?) the show is based on though, definitely need to do that soon. 1y
TaylorMay Well I will definitely be adding it to my binge watching list 👍 thanks for the recommendation @taraWritesSci 1y
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Ravengoewin
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I had watched the series on Netflix after my husband‘s aunts had told me about it. After that I decided I wanted to read the books too. Great read!! History buffs will like it as well as those who like a good story teller. Jennifer Worth had a lot of great experiences after WWII bringing forth life to those living in the east end of London.

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Amiable
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In which I learned everything I ever wanted to know--and more--about rickets. 😳

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Amiable
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Very interesting and informative, and incredibly descriptive. Helpful tip, however: Do not read while eating your lunch. 😬😖

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Lmstraubie
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Although this wasn't what I was expecting I did enjoy it. Now I need to check out the show!

SilversReviews It looks cute. 1y
Saknicole The show is really good! 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never seen the show but I really enjoyed all the books, especially the first one! 1y
Quirkybookworm Love love love the show. 1y
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Lmstraubie
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Up next for my #litsyatoz challenge

Reecaspieces This is so good...but I enjoy the Show too 1y
Lmstraubie @Reecaspieces So far I'm enjoying it. I'll have to check out the show when I'm done 1y
Reecaspieces @Lmstraubie it is really well done. I think all the episodes are on Netflix 1y
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Lmstraubie @Reecaspieces Thanks! 🙂 1y
mrp27 I need to read this, I recently binged the show and I love it. 1y
Crazeedi Loved these books! Read them before I knew there was a BBC series. 1y
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @Crazeedi After finding out there was a series I watched some trailers. I'm definitely going to check it out when I'm done with the book. 1y
Crazeedi @Lmstraubie the books are way better than show, I watched the first couple, they really dont mesh w the books, but I guess that's usual 1y
Lmstraubie @Crazeedi That's always my concern. But I guess they can still be entertaining in their own right. 1y
Crazeedi @Lmstraubie 👍😁 1y
Crazeedi @Lmstraubie this series got me into finding all the books I could find on midwives, I was on a midwife trip for quite some time. Found lots of fiction and nonfiction books that were great 1y
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#QuotsyJune18 ‘EARLY‘

EH2018 Wow 1y
Kaye Dear Elle. I have a really stupid question. Did you contact me to sign up for the JB group ? I don‘t have any of your info listed but I have your birthday written down. I‘m trying to figure out why I listed your birthday but not your address ? Drop me a tag if you wanted included. If not, sorry for the mixup. 🧐 1y
Elle_Skeldon @Kaye Nope! You are good, I didn‘t not sign up for JB! It might be confusing because I didn‘t realize JB was a thing and I filled out and shared your post getting info about me thinking Just Because was another thing like the ‘ This Or That‘ posts we see! That was my bad but I am in so many swaps I thought it could t hurt to just leave it out there! Thanks for checking, that was really sweet of you! 😀 1y
Kaye No problem at all 😊. I‘ve been trying to check and double check and thought I was totally updated then saw your name and thought I missed someone 😳 Keeps me hopping to make sure I don‘t mess anything up. Have a great day. 1y
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TamarackTrail
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I love these types of period memoirs. I really enjoyed watching the television show, and the book is just as good. I loved reading the #Cockney dialect appendix. I do find the book end abruptly, so it's good that there are two more to read in the series...

Copwithabook This one surprised me by how much I liked it. I listened to it on audio and strongly recommend it for the accents 1y
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TamarackTrail
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Tea and books while watching the Royal Wedding. There is something so amazing about celebrating love. ❤️💖💕

Moray_Reads Lovely tea set! 2y
CouronneDhiver Lovely! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic!! And I see a little someone in the background 🐶❤️ 2y
Smarkies I see that face in the background! 😍 2y
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Bookworm54
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“Midwifery is the very stuff of drama. Every child is conceived either in love or lust, born in pain, followed by joy or sometimes remorse. A midwife is in the thick of it, she sees it all.”
― Jennifer Worth

#QuotsyMay18 #Mothers

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TamarackTrail
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Part of our group heading into the witching hour.... @DeweysReadathon #readathon

GatheringBooks nice! you all look deeply committed :) 💙💙 2y
ReadingSusan I love the idea of a group Readathon. 2y
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Krisjericho
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Audible daily deal!

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JenlovesJT47
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Ok I technically have already read this and own the kindle book, but I absolutely love the show this is based on, and the audiobook is on sale today for $3.95! 😱 I think I'm going to have to break down and buy it. Btw I would highly recommend the book and especially the show, they are amazing!

#sale
#audiobook
#audible
#kindle
#callthemidwife

🎧📚🤓🎧📚🤓🎧📚🤓🎧📚🤓🎧📚🤓🎧📚

corycatelyn One of my favorite books and shows! I've learned a lot from both 😊 2y
JenlovesJT47 @corycatelyn me too! I've watched the show twice already and I'm ready for round 3! 😅 2y
MallenNC The show is great. I‘ve read the first book also 2y
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JenlovesJT47 @MallenNC do you plan on reading the other books in the series? I have them on my kindle but just haven't gotten around to it yet. So many books so little time! The show is great ❤️ 2y
corycatelyn @JenlovesJT47 I think the new season comes on in the US in April (?) 2y
corycatelyn @MallenNC @JenlovesJT47 I've read all the books and enjoyed them immensely, but I'm also a labor and delivery nurse so it's kind of my realm 😉 2y
JenlovesJT47 @corycatelyn yes that sounds about right, it usually comes out in April or May. Then I make the mistake of watching the whole season in two days lol. 😭But I can't help it! That's awesome you're a L&D nurse. I actually went to school for that for a couple of years but it wasn't for me (it was more of a problem with the school I was going to, not the actual nursing). I've always been fascinated by midwifery and childbirth. Any book recs? 2y
corycatelyn @JenlovesJT47 small great things by Jodi picoult, the secrets of midwives by Sally hepworth for fiction. Ina may gaskin is a prominent midwife who has written books on midwifery. She has great stories! Her books are ina may gaskin's guide to childbirth and spiritual midwifery. 2y
MallenNC @JenlovesJT47 I started reading the second one but the stories in that book were in the season I was watching so I stopped. I'm sure I'll read them eventually! The show does diverge from the books in later seasons. 2y
MallenNC @corycatelyn Small Great Things was great! Hard to read, but a great book. I've also read The New Arrival, which is a memoir of a trainee nurse in the U.K., in the 70s I think. 2y
corycatelyn @MallenNC huge plot twist that I loved 😊 I will have to check that one out. Thanks! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @corycatelyn @MallenNC thanks for the recommendations!! 🤗 I would also recommend to you guys if you haven't read it yet 2y
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Jennick2004
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Book Outlet order going in...couldn‘t pass up a $5 Coupon!!
#bookhaul #bookoutlet

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rwmg
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Inner Anglosphere = Native English speakers in UK/Eire, US/Canada, Aus/NZ
#mystats

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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book10
After listening to this memoir, I am positive that I could never be a nurse or a midwife. However, I found Worth's experiences fascinating. All of the nuns, midwives, and patients she meets have interesting stories and it's impossible to not become invested in their lives. I can't speak for the experience of reading the book, but I enjoyed listening to the narrator's British accent and the various voices she used for other characters.

Reviewsbylola This was my favorite of the series. Absolutely loved it. 2y
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Ke633
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#FriYayintro
-Saved by the Bell, Garfield and Friends, Full House
-I dont read a lot of memoirs.. maybe Call the Midwife.
-Mangoes HATE them..
-I dont have a lot going on in February.. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (or ever) 😂
-😘😘🌺🌺

Mitch Call The Midwife - new season airs on Sunday. Love Sunday night TV ( which I use to try to stretch the weekend out!) 2y
Ke633 Thanks for the reminder! I need to catch up..😬 I haven‘t seen the the last season yet. 2y
thewallflower0707 I ADORE Call the Midwife! Sadly my Netflix still has to add the sixth season 😔. Every episode makes me cry, smile and laugh! 2y
twohectobooks I‘ve only seen the show of Call the Midwife and I love it so much. 2y
Sharpeipup I am behind on that show too and unaware of the new season... 2y
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Jennick2004
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Didn‘t realize this was a book; loved the show!!

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rwmg
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Read for bookclub. Wonderful. Fascinating social history. Moving. Hilarious.

annahenke The question is: have you seen the PBS Masterpiece adaptation? It‘s fantastic! 2y
rwmg I think PBS is only available in the US, isn't it? I have seen the BBC Christmas specials, but not the series proper because I live overseas. 2y
rwmg There was only one storyline I recognised as having seen on TV - the ex-workhouse inmate. 2y
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AngieAvers
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If you love the show, you'll love the book.

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29pranta
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I read this book... This autobiography helped me to learn something special... thank you Jenifer!

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IamIamIam
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This was so far out of my wheelhouse, but I didn't hate it. A memoir of a midwife in the 50s practicing in postwar England, the stories regarding the births and medical care were quite interesting. I wasn't terribly captivated by the lives of the Nonnatus nuns, but I did respect their devotion! I often felt patronized by the author, who felt the need to defend the time period and kept reminding the reader that the 50s were a different time.

cariashley Great review! 2y
IamIamIam @cariashley Thank you! It definitely made me interested in the show, which I feel might be a bit better for me. 2y
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IamIamIam
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Highbrow humor this surely isn't!! 😂😂😂

diovival 😂 💨 2y
laurenbescoby Sold! 😂 2y
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CAnne
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1. Designated Survivor, Call the Midwife, The Big Bang Theory (for comic relief) and Chopped.
2. Pot Roast with roasted potatoes and carrots.
3. Almost
4. Dinner and night on the Riverwalk with hubby enjoying all the Christmas decorations.
5. Last Thursday but none now.
#HumpDayPost #MinDea

BarbaraTheBibliophage Kirkman for President! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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#Rockabye reminds me of this series that I bought very early this year and still haven't picked up. Jennifer Worth's story of her career of a midwife in the slums of London in the 1950's sounds fascinating. Might have to try and get to the first book before I travel to London in Feb!
#decdays

Reviewsbylola I loved this series, especially the first book! 2y
OrangeMooseReads It‘s a good series 2y
Cinfhen Awesome choice for today 💚 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks I‘ve only read book one but I loved it. And the TV show is excellent! 2y
Godmotherx5 I have the set & have only read the first book. I thought it was very good. My goal is to read more of it in 2018. If you want, I‘d be happy to be your reading assistant in London 😉 2y
Rachellynnwright If you need Londonish book recommendations, I have them! For my London trip I decided to make a whole shelf just for books about London... 2y
emilyhaldi @Rachellynnwright would love your recommendations!! 👏🏻 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Finished this yesterday. I‘m glad I have a couple credits on Audible so I can get at least the next book in the series. Heartbreaking and joyous. The book is better than the tv series and that is wonderful. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of the tv series or even if you haven‘t seen the series. If you like true stories of life this would be one for you as well.

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