She was outrageous—with her ponytail, her jar of semen, and her T-shirt that proclaimed, "Midwife at Your Cervix."
Layla's trip to Behruz is meant to be one last adventure before she joins her dreamboat fiance in Texas. But Behruz casts a spell on her. Her knowledge as a midwife is needed there. Serving women's health in a country where no one talks about "such things" is a challenge.
Majid, an American-trained doctor, is ready to settle down, but because of an old family bias, American women are forbidden to him. That's no problem until Layla walks into his clinic with a sassy smile, a jar of semen, and a blond fiance back home.
“Okay, okay you win. I see the word penis is important in your vocabulary. And do you use words like that when you talk to your American fiancé?”
“Hmmm. No.” She twisted a tendril of hair that had come loose from her pony tail. “I don’t suppose I do. He uses a wide assortment of words to refer to the male reproductive organ, but I think he’d be a bit uncomfortable if I started talking about penises.”
“I’m glad to hear that. It makes me feel less backward.”
He straightened a stack of papers on his desk. “I’m aware that people in your culture are more open than we are about matters related to sexuality. People of my culture must seem quite inhibited to you.”
“No, not to me. I don’t think inhibited is the word I'd use. I think people of your culture are more respectful of sexuality. I imagine more of the mystery and sensuality of sex has been retained.”
Mystery and sensuality. That brought rather disturbing images to his mind. He saw a seduction scene as she might imagine it, a scene in which his culture was exotic and mysterious. And sensual—with incense and brooding music and silken robes—maybe in the desert in a sheik’s tent, with rugs and cushions and clusters of grapes.
A dreamy fever clouded her eyes and a fresh bloom crept across her cheeks. Was she imagining that same scene? Was he in it?
Midwife in Behruz by Judy Meadows is a heart-melting romance. The characters drew me in; Layla with her spunk and caring, and Majid, who walks a thin line between taboo and honor. If you like to go deep with characters, these two will take you there as they battle their own desires to remain respectful of one another, the culture of Behruz (a fictional country) and those they care for. But it’s so fun when they do put a toe over the line!
One of my favorite lines: “The dark eyes that regarded her from across the desk made her feel feminine and appreciated and, for some reason, confused about the course of her life.”
I deeply enjoyed immersing myself in another culture that’s similar to a real one, and learning about their beliefs (where arranged marriages are common and people don’t talk about sex—not even to their doctor). And following along as Layla searched within that world for what was missing from her life. Judy incorporates some wonderful humor into the stiff culture that had me hooting.
Midwife in Behruz is a lovely, satisfying read that took me deep into a foreign world, and restored my faith that loyalty and lifelong love really do still exist.
How can you not love this book with lines like this: “He had the hands of a surgeon, of an artist. Or a lover.”
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