Review by Veronica

Series name: The Cornish Midwife, # 7  

“Panic was rising up her spine again, but it wasn’t worry for the baby this time. Something weird was happening to Ella and whatever it was, it wasn’t right. She’d been telling herself for the last few weeks that the interruptions she’d been having to her vision, and the bouts of numbness that came and went, were nothing, but they’d been few and far between before. This felt different and she didn’t like it one little bit.”

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

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 – 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? 

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.