Friday, May 27, 2016

The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard

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On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

I see that it is a REVISED EDITION, I had the older version... A worthwhile read, I think that people interested in The American Revolution will really enjoy this book. The Medical aspect with old remedies was also fascinating and I have found naturalists who to date use the cures mentioned in the book , Jodi Daynard did a lovely job. My review is below.

4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, May 27, 2016
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This review is from: The Midwife's Revolt (The Midwife Series) (Kindle Edition)
I started this book AGES ago and could not get into it. On a recent trip I picked it up and started from the beginning, The narrators voice is brilliant, she feels true to the era, very true to the era and I felt I revisited the American Revolution from school, but with a very interesting angle.
The book is long and the pace is slow, which was also very fitting to the era. All in all I loved that The Midwife adapts and works with more than pregnancy and childbirth; which of course would be expected during a war.
It is a woman's perspective in the journey from when America declared it's independence and actually achieved it. The Midwife Lizzie is close to Abigail Adams as such is privy to much during the turbulent times.
I liked the versatility in the strong female characters. All in all the read was a pleasant surprise.

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