Chloe has always dreamed of becoming a midwife, like her late mother. Although only 18, Chloe feels deeply the responsibilities that come with being part of a family muddling through in the best way they can. Will this deep sense of wanting to ‘do the right thing’ for her loved ones negatively affect her own ambition and desire for success in what is regarded as an emotionally and physically challenging career?
Before opening the book, the title made an impression: ‘New Walk’ conjures up visions of a new path in life, experienced at a slow but steady pace, but those familiar with Leicester will recognise New Walk as the pedestrianised walkway between the city centre and Victoria Park. Inner-city Leicester is a wonderfully diverse setting for the book. I am a Nursing and Midwifery alumna of De Montfort University (DMU) and the Leicester hospitals, and admittedly felt a little frisson of excitement when reading about these locations. DMU had better brace itself for an increase in applications, as I am sure many aspiring midwives will have a desire to follow in Chloe's footsteps!
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