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 Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This one sounds wonderful.

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  2. Anne Says:

    This historical novel sounds fascinating and unique. Many thanks.

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  3. Ellie Says:

    I am captivated with your giveaway and this wonderful review.

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  4. Sandra K321 Says:

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

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  5. Rachel W. Says:

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  6. Diane Says:

    Thanks for this enthralling giveaway which I would enjoy.

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  7. amandasue Says:

    Sounds like a good read.

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  8. debbie Says:

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

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  9. Nicole K Says:

    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.

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  10. Colleen Turner Says:

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

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  11. bermudaonion (Kathy) Says:

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

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  12. Dina Says:

    This is a fantastic book.

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  13. Carol Wong Says:

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

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  14. Beth C Says:

    This looks like a really interesting book.

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  15. Victoria Zumbrum Says:

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

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  16. Laura Kay Says:

    This looks so good! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. Jasmyn Says:

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

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  18. holdenj Says:

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

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  19. Jeane Howell Says:

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

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  20. Anita Yancey Says:

    This book sounds very interesting, and I’d enjoy reading it. Thanks for having this giveaway.
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  21. mamabunny13 Says:

    Thanks, this sounds like a good read!

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  22. Shannon Says:

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

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  23. Maureen Says:

    I have seen some great reviews for this story.

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