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The Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich
The Midwife of Venice
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781451657470 (1451657471)
ASIN: 1451657471
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Midwife series (#1)
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danae
danae rated it
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well-written and engaging. At times, I was anxious to get through Isaac's chapters because I was less interested in his story than his wife's. But it wasn't too bad. The idea of "birthing spoons" did seem a little far-fetched to me. I would think it would do...
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Nothing better than a good book... rated it
4.0 Midwife of Venice
Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers using her secret “birthing spoons.” When a count implores her to attend his dying wife and save their unborn son, she is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christia...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 The Midwife of Venice
A spunky Jewish midwife, Hannah, has to deal with Gentile aristocrats - it's illegal in Venice for her to deliver a Gentile child, but she does anyway - not to mention the bubonic plague, an orphaned baby, and a husband enslaved on Malta, needing ransom. Enjoyed this one, even though I'm not heavily...
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3.0 The Midwife of Venice
Enjoyable read, always love great historical fiction.
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
3.0 The Midwife of Venice
Set in the 16th century, this is the story of, Hannah, a Jewish midwife who is living in the ghetto. Her movements are restricted, as are those of all Jew's.. Her husband, Isaac) has gone off on a dangerous mission to seek riches. She begged him not to go, but he went anyway and was captured by the ...
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