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The Secrets of Midwives
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Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Created: 12/26/15

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Posted Dec. 26, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Do you think Floss's flashbacks to her past gave you more insight into the three women's present situations?


Posted Jan. 01, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
deeh

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Yes. I began to suspect she was not Grace's birth mother long before the big reveal, however. A relationship with Grace's father was unthinkable.


Posted Jan. 01, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Yes I liked the flashbacks. She did what she did to save the baby and obviously had to leave England. I believe when a child is adopted he or she should be told the truth at a fairly young age but understand that basically Floss could be charged with kidnapping this child so had to be very careful about telling her the truth when she was younger. Wow what a secret to keep for such a long time.


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dorothyh

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I like flash backs so one gets the back story to current issues


Posted Jan. 01, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurap

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Flashbacks are a great tool for providing context and backstory. Hepworth did a good job of using the flashbacks to both ends.


Posted Jan. 02, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
terriej

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Yes, I liked the flash backs. It helped explain the story.


Posted Jan. 02, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
andreab

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Yes - they were required to give the backstory for the entire plot. I like this method because it slowly teases out background information.


Posted Jan. 02, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I'm normally not a fan of flashbacks, but I thought in this case they were especially well done, adding to the plot without becoming too much of a distraction.


Posted Jan. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Retired Reader, NE

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

They were interesting but highly unlikely.


Posted Jan. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
samantha

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

They both were pertinent to the situation at hand and the helped to show that there was no need for biology to bond with someone - which later tied in Neva's boyfriend to the situation.


Posted Jan. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Peggy H

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I too liked the way the flashbacks were introduced in the story, but if was not surprised.


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louisee

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I agree that the flashbacks helped give us the backstory and insight into Floss and her relationship to her daughter. Not getting the whole backstory at once helped build suspense in the story as well. It was interesting to find out how Floss and Grace became a family, too bad Grace didn't know about her past earlier in her life.


Posted Jan. 07, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rosemarys

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I think that Floss' flashbacks definitely enhanced the story and I did find these to be fascinating. I think this was THE most interesting part of the story. Floss was the woman who started as a midwife to begin with and this led to her daughter's and grandaughter's interest in midwifery.


Posted Jan. 07, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
MarieA

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

The flashbacks were interesting--must have been very difficult to keep her secret for so long.


Posted Jan. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jeanettel

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I love flashbacks which takes you to the middle of the action at that time, they are an integral part of this story as this way we can understand Floss decision to leave England with this tiny baby, it also explains her difficulty in answering Neva’s questions about coming to a strange country with a baby and not knowing anybody.


Posted Jan. 13, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
PiperUp

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Hepworth did an outstanding job with the flashbacks. She provided us with just enough information each time. I found myself looking forward to Floss's flashbacks while reading the book. The story wouldn't have been nearly as engrossing without the flashbacks.


Posted Jan. 17, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jodig

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I did like the flashbacks. I think I liked the character of Floss the best and those flashbacks helped give a lot of insight into the person she was.


Posted Jan. 18, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliaa

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

Floss was my favorite character, and the flashbacks were used effectively to present her backstory and give insight into her character.


Posted Feb. 03, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mhayes

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

The flashbacks's provided good insight to the story giving the reader many answers to questions about their relationship. I found them useful and timely.


Posted Feb. 03, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rosemarys

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RE: Did you find Floss's flashbacks to her past insightful?

I did find them helpful plus they added extra interest in the story. Sometimes flashbacks can make the storyline confusing, but this was not the case at all. I think it enhanced the book.


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