Every so often I come across a book that just sounds like it would be wonderful. This is one of them…
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!
Have you read The Midwife of Venice? What did you think? And if you haven’t, here’s your chance to win a copy!
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!