A Change of Heart for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett


A forever love.. or a future dashed?

Midwife Ella Mehenick can’t wait to marry the love of her life, Dan Ferguson. They have both waited so long for their perfect day, and they know their future together will be everything they’ve ever dreamed of. But when Ella suddenly and unexpectedly collapses at work – all plans are put on hold.

Dan just wants Ella to get better, but Ella, so used to caring for others, struggles to accept she needs care herself. She doesn’t want Dan to give up everything for her and suddenly the life they dreamed of seems to be slipping through their fingers..

Once rock solid, Ella and Dan suddenly seem further apart than ever before. Can they find a path back to their happy ever after or will Ella’s change of heart risk everything they love?

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I thought my heart was going to break several times over reading this and I wondered what Jo Bartlett was trying to do to me, she couldn’t want to hurt me in this way, but I will forgive her because I love her books and this series, because it’s all worth it (no spoilers here) and the heartache only makes the resolution that much sweeter!

This is book seven of the Cornish Midwife series and most of these can be read as stand-alone, however this book is returning us to my favourite couple (because this wonderful series all starts with them) and although I think you could read it and not be that lost, to me I think you need to read their earlier story to truly understand, empathise and enjoy this story as much you can.

I think this book is now my favourite in the series because it tackles such emotion, it’s so heart wrenching and Jo deals with it so sensitively, the diagnosis, Ella’s reaction to it, so honest and true to life, I loved the emphasis on disability awareness and living your life (not just Ella but Leo and Hailey) your best life. I loved the inclusion and discussion around IVF, children and parenting too. I hope that people can take something away from this, I know I did.

Jo Bartlett destroyed me with this, broke me and I am glad to say she put me back together again, but not necessary how I expected. I loved the community, the support the characters give, the emotion all the characters put me through, but most of all I love Jo’s writing, her stories and her ability to touch my heart and make me think at the same time. Beautiful doesn’t do this book justice.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Author Bio

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of over 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. Her first title for Boldwood is The Cornish Midwife – part of a twelve-book deal.

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