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Did Sibyl's final diary entry change any of the opinions you formed during the course of reading about the trial? If you had any firm ideas about home versus hospital birth, have they been changed by reading this book? Do you think that lay midwives should be allowed to practice? Would you trust yourself to the care of a midwife, or would you go to a hospital for delivery by a doctor?
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Recovering froma painful loss, Eva Ward travelsto Cornwalland the centuries-old Trelowarth House whereshe oncespent happy summers. Onemorning, she hears unfamiliar voices in the next room, and on a walk sheencountersamysteriousman who seemsto be fromanother time. At firstsheattributesthese odditiesto symptoms of grief, but when the “hallucinations” continueto occur and sheactually converses with thestranger in her bedroom, Eva concludesshe hastraveled back 300 years. Though she can’t control her comingsand goings between the pastand present, she beginsto fall in love with Daniel Butler, a dashing man with a dangeroussecret. As Eva investigates local annals, she learnssome of what Daniel faced, butshe’s unsure whether she can or should interfere in historical events—or if she can or should find a way to stay with him forever. Told in first person and with understated sensuality, thestory of Evaand Daniel’s devotion and dilemma will keep readersavidly engaged.
If you could travel back in time to the past, where would you go? Claire traveled back in time as well, do you think she was aware of Eva's traveling into the past all along or just when Eva was injured?