From Amazon: Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers—a gift aided by the secret “birthing spoons” she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.
The Midwife of Venice brings sixteenth century Venice to life with Hannah, a midwife whom's husband has been captured at sea and is currently enslaved. Jewish, Hannah knows it is against the law to give medical aid to a Christian, but when a count offers her a large sum to help his suffering wife, Hannah is torn. The money would be enough for her to buy her husband, Isaacs, release, but if she is caught, it could mean death.
With complex and distinct characters, a vividly painted background and a moving and thought-provoking plot, The Midwife of Venice is a must-read! Engrossing and engaging, Roberta Rich has penned a vibrant and lush historical debut! Don't miss this one!!
I was born on January 9th. Not the best time to be born if your birthplace happens to be the buckle on the snow belt, Buffalo, New York. Buffalo remained my home until I struck out on my own and managed to get 73 miles down the New York State Freeway to Rochester. My life took a turn for the better- better climate, better opportunities.
I live in Vancouver, B.C. and in Colima, Mexico. I have one husband, one daughter, three step-children, a German Shepherd, tropical fish and many over sexed parakeets. When in Mexico, I nurture my husband, and my vanilla vines. When in Vancouver I try to keep dry.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wendy