Review & Giveaway: 57. The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich…

Every so often I come across a book that just sounds like it would be wonderful. This is one of them…

the midwife of venicedrey’s thoughts:

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you should pick up The Midwife of Venice! Set in Venice, where the Jews and Christians don’t have much – if anything – to do with each other – Roberta Rich’s prose is immensely descriptive and realistic.

Hannah Levi is a Jewish midwife who is summoned to a Christian noble’s home. Her rabbi forbids it, but what choice does she really have? Her husband’s being held for ransom by the Knights of St. John, and this is the only chance she might have of making enough money to get Isaac back before the slavers work him to death. So she goes. And in doing so, endangers not just her own life, but the lives of those who live in the Ghetto Nuovo as well.

Hannah’s story takes you from the slums of the Ghetto to the lavish nobility, and exposes the inherent mistrust between the Jews and Christians – just by following Hannah’s thoughts and reasoning. But The Midwife of Venice isn’t just Hannah’s story – it’s Isaac’s story as well. Told between Hannah’s chapters, Isaac is sold on the auction block for a pittance of his ransom – and his survival teeters on the tightrope between faith and hope.

I loved The Midwife of Venice.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Title: The Midwife of Venice
Author: Roberta Rich
ISBN-13: 9781451657470
Paperback: 321 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Gallery Books

Have you read The Midwife of Venice? What did you think? And if you haven’t, here’s your chance to win a copy!

Giveaway!
Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of The Midwife of Venice for you, if you live in the US. To enter, fill out the form below before May 7th. Good luck!

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23 Responses to Review & Giveaway: 57. The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich…

  1. Margie 23 April, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway. This one sounds wonderful.

  2. Anne 23 April, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    This historical novel sounds fascinating and unique. Many thanks.

  3. Ellie 23 April, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I am captivated with your giveaway and this wonderful review.

  4. Sandra K321 23 April, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I love reading historical fiction and this is a period I haven’t read much of. I would enjoy reading it.

  5. Rachel W. 23 April, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  6. Diane 23 April, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Thanks for this enthralling giveaway which I would enjoy.

  7. amandasue 23 April, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds like a good read.

  8. debbie 23 April, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.

  9. Nicole K 23 April, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I really like the description of the book. And, you rating it excellent means it has to be good! Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Colleen Turner 23 April, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I love historical fiction and this book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. bermudaonion (Kathy) 23 April, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    This sounds like a book a lot of people would love.

  12. Dina 23 April, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    This is a fantastic book.

  13. Carol Wong 23 April, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Would love to learn more about the ghetto in this time period plus this one sounds so exciting.

  14. Beth C 23 April, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    This looks like a really interesting book.

  15. Victoria Zumbrum 23 April, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  16. Laura Kay 24 April, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    This looks so good! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Jasmyn 24 April, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I love historical fiction, and I’ve never had a chance to read one along these lines before. It sounds great.

  18. holdenj 25 April, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    I haven’t read this one and it does sound good. Thanks for the info and chance to win!

  19. Jeane Howell 25 April, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Gee, does this sound as if it would be a very good read! Thank you for having the drawing.

  20. Anita Yancey 28 April, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    This book sounds very interesting, and I’d enjoy reading it. Thanks for having this giveaway.
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  21. mamabunny13 30 April, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Thanks, this sounds like a good read!

  22. Shannon 30 April, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Nice review! I look forward to this book.
    Thanks for sharing it with us Drey!

  23. Maureen 4 May, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I have seen some great reviews for this story.

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