The midwife is written by Katja Kettu and translated by David Hackston. Katja Kettu has written several books and even won a few awards, but "The Midwife" is her first book written in English. Her translator, David Hackston is a freelance translator that has translated many books including the birdbrain by Johanna Sinsalo, and two crime novels by Matti Joesnsuu. David’s experience shows in "The Midwife", and could only be rivaled by Kettu’s storytelling.
"The Midwife" is a love story in a time of hate. It is a story about rebirth and going through challenges and never-ending hardships. "The Midwife" starts off very simple a woman who many consider ugly and call her wild eye is dealing with her past and the sins of her father as well as her inability to have children in order to compensate for that she works as a midwife bringing babies in the world. The book is not for the faint of heart although there is no actual scene where a baby is being killed, it tells you that someone killed a baby either because it was born the wrong color or would cause the family shame.
My favorite part of the book is the ending so I cannot tell it, but I will say this; Midwife’s author, certainly knows how to tug at your heart strings with the love and emotion. A bit of warning though for romantic happy ending saps this book may not be for you.
I give this book a thumbs up and I recommend this book to history buffs and romance lover, but no those that are of the squeamish or faint of heart. To the author Good job writing this book. To the translator, I would say not a bad translation but not my expertise.
Orphaned into an unforgiving foster home and raised as an outsider, Weird-Eye shoulders her unflattering nickname. She relies on her vivid imagination to sustain her work as a midwife bringing newborns into the world while World War II overruns her native Finland, desecrating life. She finds herself drawn to the handsome, otherworldly Johannes Angelhurst, a war photographer working for the SS. To be near him, Weird-Eye—whom Johannes lovingly calls Wild-Eye—volunteers to serve as a nurse at the prison camp where he has been assigned.
From the brutality of the camps to the splendor of the aurora borealis above the Arctic Sea, The Midwife tells of a stormy romance, the desolate beauty of a protective fjord, and the deeply personal battles waged as World War II came to an end.