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A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife

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Oozing with so much love and warmth this book has touched my heart. I found it to be easily relateable as someone who has a physical disability I have felt the same feelings as some of the characters and I love how the author has written about it with respect and understanding. A beautiful heartfelt story!

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This series is one of my favourite to read!
I look forward to the latest book so much and as I finish each one, and get to know the characters more, I love them a little more each time!

The whole community created in this series is like settling down with An old friend. Its comforting but addresses real issues with each instalment and I just think they cant get any better!
Visiting ella and Dan again is a real treat! This takes us back to the beginning and we get to see how their fairytale carries on but with a bit of the usual midwife madness that seems to follow the unit around.
They are feel good light and happy reads that will put a smile on your face! And this one just has to be my favourite so far, as we are seeing the progression of one of the original characters.

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This latest Cornish Midwife story is well up to the standards of its predecessors. In addition to the ongoing romances amongst the team, there are some darker themes when some characters and patients are faced with some serious health issues which are life changing. Facing up to such news and recalibrating your expectations for their lives proves to be a challenge for some and adds a certain bite to the story.

There are weddings and christenings in this story which underline the strong family ties which you are aware of. The wider community proves to be as important as ever but the overall message seems to be that you should seize the day and be prepared to re-evaluate your life choices when necessary without making impetuous decisions and bearing in mind others' wants and wishes.
In short: Friends, family support and big life decisions

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Number seven in the Cornish Midwife series and another one that disappoint
Absolutely love this series
Each book has been about one midwife in particular but all the other are in it to
A brilliant story you won’t want to put down
Thanks NetGalley

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Ella can't wait to marry the love of her life, Dan. However, an unexpected diagnosis makes Ella reconsider. She doesn't want to be a burden to Dan even though he insists this won't change anything. This is going to be a life-changing event for both of them.

Jo Bartlett always writes with such compassion. You really need to read this one with a box of tissues at hand.

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Ella is about to get married to Dan and map out her future when she started to have some health scare and the diagnosis was quite severe. She started to reconsider her decision to marry Dan and her future. Dan on the other hand, try his best to show to her the diagnosis will not change things for them. But it makes Ella feel worst instead of comforting her.
This book is part of The Cornish Midwife series and each book feature a story of different midwife. In this installation, it is Ella’s story and it was quite an emotional one at different level where it tells the story about facing a life changing diagnosis and about disabilities, living with them and in the community. Overall, it is an emotional read to me.

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Beautiful and sensitively written book. Such an interesting subject matter, very thought provoking. Would highly recommend this book.

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I’ve loved reading Jo’s Cornish Midwife series so I was quite excited for this, it’s definitely one that you’ll need some tissues for though as I found it the most emotional of the bunch.

Despite it being sad and having a quite close to home topic I actually really enjoyed the book and found myself constantly reading a few more chapters as I so wanted there to be a happy ending for Ella. I think this was one of the first books where I started to wonder if that was actually going to happen but I stuck strong 💪

If you’ve not read any of the Cornish midwife’s books before then I would recommend them as you’ll get to feel part of this wonderful community and know everyone’s story but you can just as easily read this as a standalone novel.

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Thank you Netgalley and Boldwood book for giving me the opportunity to read A change of heart for the cornish midwife. looking forward to reading the next in the series and following more of the cornish midwifrsstorys and background.

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I loved this book! It was such a realistic and easy going story that kept it feeling light and real. As with all of my other favourite midwife books, there were lots of exciting and lovely births, but nothing was overly gory so I think people who aren't as obsessed with this sub-genre as me can definitely enjoy this book!

I really loved how developed the many characters were in this story. It can be hard to tell a story of many different patients and midwives in a way that makes readers feel they know the characters personally, and this is something Bartlett did very well! The characters leaned on each other throughout the story, creating a sense of community that the reader feels almost a part of. Beyond that, her descriptions of the setting were so filled with imagery that you could picture the coast and all that comes with it.

This was my first Jo Bartlett book, but I am excited to check out her other books, and even more excited to hear that she has a huge deal with Boldwood - I see future book tours in our future!

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I am really enjoying this series of books set around a unit of midwives in Cornwall .
Ella and Dans story continued from the beginning of the series as well as cameo roles from the other midwives. Ella is looking forward to marrying Dan , the love of her life when she is thrown a curveball, a difficult health diagnosis which she/ they struggle to take on board. This is a beautifully written book, emotional, heart warming, community and family based. A book with a heart loved it !
Thank you to Netgalley, Boldwood Books, and Jo Bartlett for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review

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I have been loving this series of books. Each and every one of them have been beautifully crafted. This particular book for me touched deeper but the subject was handled with a sensitivity and care that carried the reader through to a happier ending.

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I was delighted to be able to return to Port Agnes for the seventh book in the Cornish Midwife series, A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife. We rejoin Anna, Della and the rest of the midwife team where Ella is campaigning for the the ports area to be granted a hospital. Lots of babies are on the way and the infidelity support group have regular meetings. Ella is devastated to be diagnosed with an illness which causes heartache all around her. She is determined to keep the diagnosis to hersrlf add long as she can, pushing everyone away in the process, especially Dan her fiancé. An emotional tale which tells an important story. I loved it.

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I have read and thoroughly enjoyed several of Jo’s books now. I must admit that I have a particular fondness for her ‘Cornish Midwife’ series. I read and loved the first six books in the series and so when I heard that Jo was due to release another book in the series, I knew that I had to grab a copy at the earliest opportunity and hibernate until I had read the very last word on the very last page. Well ladies and gents, the wait is over because the seventh book in the series is called ‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’ and it was released on 27th February 2023. It’s another fantastic addition to a fantastic series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’ but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I started reading ‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’, I felt as though I had reunited with old friends in the form of the midwife team. I was also thrilled to be back in Cornwall which is a county close to my heart. Part of the reason why I loved this book so much has to do with the character of Ella Mehenick, who is the main character. I warmed to her from the very start and in fact she ended up feeling as though she had become a friend of mine and I felt all protective of her. At the start of the story Ella is a hardworking midwife who is looking forward to marrying the love of her life. Life throws her a curveball and she has to reevaluate her life and make adjustments. I developed my own suspicions as to how things were going to turn out so I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I had wandered off in the opposite direction. I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘A Change Of Heart’ and I had to say goodbye to Ella and the rest of the characters. ‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’ is certainly an emotional read, which held my interest throughout.

‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Jo Bartlett. Jo has an easy going writing style which is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading one of Jo’s books feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. Jo certainly know how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one heck of a read. Reading this book certainly took me on an emotional journey and I found myself welling up on several occasions. Jo tackles some tough subjects in this story but she deals with them in a kind, compassionate and sensitive manner. I love the way in which the author makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Change Of Heart For The Cornish Midwife’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Jo’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, did not realise it was part of a series, but it was still readable as a single story. All the characters are easy to get to know and Ella was a lovely character and a great midwife, her relationship with Dan has its twists and turns, but thankfully it all gets resolved in the end and leaves the reader with a smile

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Continuing a strong theme of women supporting women, A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett is #7 in the heartfelt Cornish Midwife series.

Thanks #NetGalley @BoldwoodBooks for a complimentary e ARC of #AChangeOfHeartForTheCornishMidwife upon my request. All opinions are my own.

The focus for this current installment returns to Ella, a main character from Book One. Ella is about to marry Dan when she receives some unexpected news about her health.

Even though A Change of Heart For the Cornish Midwife is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. For a richer reading experience, I recommend reading the series in order. The series is about a community of women, and each installment focuses on one midwife and issues are resolved at story’s end. I appreciate this series because of its theme of women supporting women, the quaint setting, engaging and thoughtful content, closed door romance, and no profanity. Even though each story has a bit of trauma and angst, I still consider them “uplit” overall.

The first book in the series is called The Cornish Midwife and we are introduced to the group of amazing midwives and the charming, small community of St. Agnes along the Cornish coast. I’m wondering if A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife might be the last of the series because the main character Ella is featured in the first book, so it appears we have come full circle.

The characters are the best part of the Cornish Midwife series. Each installment in the series focuses on a character who works as a midwife in the community and faces a personal life crisis. In this story, Ella faces a difficult health diagnosis and life with a disability. We witness her fear, resiliency, and determination.

In addition to themes common to midwifery, pregnancy, and delivery of babies, other thoughtful themes include women supporting women, slow-burn romance, family support, moving forward, health issues, and close-knit community. A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife is heavier in tone than the other books (in my opinion) because the main character faces a difficult health diagnosis and a physical disability. The romance is already established for this couple in the first book of the series, but this story causes us to wonder what will happened when they are faced with a life challenge.

Content Consideration: infertility, degenerative disease, a difficult health diagnosis, disabilities

I recommend A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife (and the entire series) for readers who love engaging women’s fiction with substantial themes, a focus on the midwife profession, and small coastal villages. The Cornish midwife series is a gently written, well-loved series for those looking to binge read women’s fiction with realistic characters. Continuing a strong theme of women supporting women, A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett is #7 in the heartfelt Cornish Midwife series.

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I thought this was going to be a lovely light hearted read but I was wrong.

Ella and Dan's relationship is tested to the limit when Ella is given a devastating diagnosis after she collapses.

This is a beautiful written story about someone dealing with a life changing diagnosis and how it impacts on them, their family and friends. There are so many wonderful side characters sharing various life experiences as well. It was very emotional but also heartwarming.

I have dealt with one of the conditions mentioned and I have a close friend with a similar diagnosis to Ella so reading this was emotional at times. I did feel, however, that the author has written about this very well.

This is the first book by Jo Bartlett that I have read but it certainly won't be the last.

Thank you Rachels Random Resources, Netgalley and Boldwood Books for my gifted copy.

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A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife is a story of a strong woman, whose life is just about perfect. She has the job that she loves, lovely friends and a fiance that she loves more than anything. They are planning a wedding, renovating a house and generally looking forward to what's to come.

But Ella is keeping a secret. She gets random pins and needles, freezing spells, and random episodes, that she ignored for too long.

Then she got the diagnosis, with Multiple Sclerosis. Ella has a hard time coping with it and mostly tries to ignore it.

There are many challenges to living with a disease, but for Ella, the worst is how people look at her now.

So Elle does what makes the most sense to her. She runs from it and pretends it's all good. She does a lot more than she should and shut herself down from people that could support her.

It's a very real tale, of dealing with a difficult diagnosis. But it's also a tale of resilience, of a woman's journey from denial, and anger to final acceptance of her life as it is and learning to live with what she has.

It's also a story of friendship, a changing dynamic of the relationship. The story is told with a lot of heart and features many wonderful characters.

Highly recommend it!

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So emotional and wonderful with a storyline close to my heart, A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife has had me sobbing big ugly tears. This is another brilliant and heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting read from Jo Bartlett. She writes with such warmth and all of her stories have brilliant characters - it’s been lovely to be with old friends at the midwifery team of Port Agnes again.
Jo Bartlett never shies away from those sensitive subjects but handles them with such care. The whole community is so welcoming and you can be sure to be taken care of with every turn of a page.

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A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife is going to tug at those heartstrings and have you feeling those big feelings.

I know when I read a Jo Bartlett book, I will need to have the tissue box nearby because there is always a moment or two in her books that has me in tears. Jo really knows how to create a beautiful and heartfelt story. A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife is the seventh book in The Cornish Midwife series, and it can be read as a stand-alone. Jo does a great job of bringing her readers up to speed with what has happened in the series. This book is the second book that focuses on Ella’s story. Ella and Dan are about to finally get married and have the HEA they have always wanted. But life throws them a curveball when Ella is diagnosed with MS. This diagnosis shocks both of them, and now they are unsure what the future will hold and if they will get that HEA they wanted.

This is definitely a more emotional read. We have Ella’s story, which has taken a turn for the worst. I adore Ella, and I want good things for her. Her character is really struggling in this story; the MS diagnosis hits her hard, which of course, it would. I couldn’t imagine getting that kind of news and how I would react. My heart went out to Ella and Dan and watching as they both tried to come to terms with the fact that Ella has MS was tough. Watching this life they had planned out disappear, and their relationship break down was heartbreaking. What makes Jo’s books stand out so much is her attention to detail and the thought she puts into her writing. This is not an easy topic to discuss, but she handles it with care, and as a reader, I feel like I am learning something.

Once again, we get to meet so many fabulous couples in different pregnancy stages or trying to conceive. Their stories just add so much richness to these books. I always find myself getting as attached to these secondary characters as I would the main characters. Their stories are just so powerful.

Even though this book has a heavier tone, there are still lots of happiness and funny moments woven throughout the story. Gwen is still as inappropriate as ever and had me cackling at times. Izzy gets her own HEA, and even though Ella and Dan’s love story takes a detour, they still have moments that will make your heart pitter-patter.

A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife is filled with so much emotion and heart you cannot put it down.

Thank you, Boldwood Books and Rachel Random Resources, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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