“Beautifully written story of a Jewish midwife who helps save the life of a dying woman and her unborn child. Racism, treachery, slavery, secrets...all elements combined to make a thrilling, thoughtful read.”Jacki Leach wrote this review Thursday, December 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Colourful story describing the life of a Jewish Midwife in Venice in the 16th century. While I would classify this as a 'fun bus read', it did introduce some interesting ideas such as the Jewish-Christian social divide as it applies to every day life as well as matters such a midwifery.
It also rather brutally describes the plague and the buying and selling of Jewish captives on rogue islands. ”
“A delightful read - telling the story of a Jewish midwife, who reluctantly assists in the birth of a Christian nobleman's son. The story tells of her relationship with this family along with her own family relationships and her marriage. Definitely worth a read...”Claudette M wrote this review Monday, November 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fabulous historical fiction, especially for a debut. Rich, compelling characters and a great story. Definitely an author to watch.”Katrina Stonoff wrote this review Wednesday, October 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Janice recommended this book. (Janice has a copy.)”Brooke wrote this review Tuesday, October 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story of Hannah Levi, a 16th century Jewish midwife who is called to attend a Christian birth, an act that has been forbidden from the Pope and disapproved of by the rabbis. Hannah is tempted to help the woman who is near death for a large sum of money to free her husband from slavery in Malta.