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Interesting,
Romantic,
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The Midwife of Venice
by Roberta Rich

Published: 2012-02-14
Kindle Edition : 352 pages
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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, ...
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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 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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Nice fast read for a book club selection.
by Hanknlori (see profile) 03/28/12

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  "The midwife of Venice is a safe read."by lizblair (see profile) 10/16/17

It won't hurt to read this book, but it was all over the place. It was as if ms Rich had a dictionary from the 1500s and put as many old words in her story as she could. Nothing special, and less than... (read more)

 
by Katie0421 (see profile) 06/27/14

 
  "The Midwife of Venice"by Hanknlori (see profile) 03/28/12

Good book, very much a page turner. I thought the author could have done much more to develop the characters and delve into the Jewish/Christian tensions. In some ways it seems rather a superficial look... (read more)

 
  "A midwife of Venice"by VanessaP (see profile) 01/09/12

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