Starting Out by J.E. Rowney #BlogTour

Starting Out

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”.

My Thoughts


I have read the previous books in this series and found myself well and truly invested in Violet’s journey, so when given the opportunity to read and review this latest instalment I jumped at the chance!.

Violet has made it through her training, despite her anxieties and self doubts holding her back at times, and now she steps out in to the world as a newly qualified midwife. Now Violet doesn’t have anyone watching over her, and is more than capable of working alone, but the anxieties she has been battling from the start are still lurking away in the background.

It is not only in her professional life that Violet finds herself facing big changes, as she is also preparing to live on her own for the first time as her best friend Zoe is getting ready to move in with Luke, who she is soon to marry. Although Violet is obviously overjoyed for her friend, this is a huge adjustment for her to face.

Violet always assumed that when she got through the midwifery training her life would be smooth sailing, but as she prepares to take these steps in to her new life, she quickly comes to realise that there is still a long road ahead of her.

This is one of those stories that you can’t help but lose yourself in. Medical fiction is a genre I have always found fascinating, and with this series following the journey of a midwifery student – something I have always had a keen interest in – really captured my attention. Violet is a wonderful character who you find yourself really connecting with from the start. I love the fact that she is made more relatable by having her own self doubts and insecurities to overcome, something that everyone can relate to in some way.

The story is told in such a gripping way, you find it impossible to part with the book, and keen to know how Violet’s story pans out as the book progresses. The author has put so much detail in to this book, I could picture myself walking the ward alongside Violet as she works in the busy hospital bringing new life in to the world. A brilliant series that I will certainly be reading again!.

You can purchase a copy of this book by following the links below:

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About the Author

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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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and J.E. Rowney for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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