Starting Out - JE Rowney


4 Stars!


Violet thought midwifery training was tough, but now she has to step out onto the ward as a newly qualified midwife. She’s standing on the edge of her new life, but taking the leap is harder than she ever expected.

Living on her own for the first time, while best friend Zoe starts to build a future with soon-to-be-husband Luke, everything is changing for Violet.

Can Violet adapt and adjust, or will anxiety get the better of her?

“Starting Out” – the new book from the world of “Lessons of a Student Midwife”.

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J.E. Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, but now lives on the south coast of England. She spent ten years working as a midwife before turning in her gloves to become an author.

She is an award winning poet, and also enjoys writing short stories. In May 2020 she was the winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

"Charcoal", her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel on Amazon within days of release.

She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.

Ms. Rowney says: "I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write."

You can find out more about JE Rowney on her website at, or follow @jerowneywriter on social media.

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Yay! I loved following Violet on her journey to being a certified Midwife. I read the first book in this series - Life Lessons in Aug. of 2020 and I enjoyed it so much that when this one came up for review, I jumped on it! Not totally necessary, but I do recommend that you read the first one before reading this. You will have a much better understanding of the characters and what they are going through.

This book is nice easy reading, flows, and is well written... but is also very interesting. The first book reminded me so much of when my daughter started college and in the same way, this one reminds me of when my daughter (and myself) had her first apartment. I actually facetimed her and we reminisced about her first one! LOL

I loved how this book was very much about becoming a midwife - the trials, the scariness, the apprehension, and the growth. But it was also about life and starting out on your own. So I think even if we are not all wanting to be midwives, we all can relate to our first apartment or our first real job.

This story has such real appeal to it, it was so enjoyable and heartwarming. I absolutely fell in love with Violet all over again.

This is definitely an author I am going to watch.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


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