Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review - The Midwife of Venice

Midwife of Venice

AUTHOR: Roberta Rich

PUBLISHED BY: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1-44516-5747-0

RELEASED DATE: February 2012

PAGES: 344

    Hanna Levi, a Jewish midwife, is known through Venice for helping mothers give birth by using the ‘birthing spoons’ that she designs herself. A Papal forbids any Jews to give medical treatments to Christians, which the rule has never been a problem for Hanna, until a Christian nobleman asks for her help. His wife has been in labor for days and he wants Hanna to help with his son’s birth. In exchange, he’ll pay for husband Isaac’s ransom. Isaac has been captured and forced into slavery in Malta. Hanna must go against her religion to help save her husband.

    The Midwife of Venice is an intriguing first novel from author Roberta Rich, who uses rich, vivid descriptions as she transports us readers to 1575, a time where social morals and religion differences could tear families apart. There are great historical details about the midwives of that period, which I knew very little about before reading the novel. You definitely feel for Hannah as her heart aches to be reunited with her husband and you feel even sorrier for Isaac who believes that Hannah died in the plague.

    Enriching characters, a romantic plot, and great details are what you will find in The Midwife of Venice. I recommend the book to all readers.

*I would like to thank Gallery Books for sending me a copy to review. 

About the Author:

Roberta Rich was born in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico. The Midwife of Venice is her first novel. 

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