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The Midwife's Revolt

The Midwife's Revolt

Written by Jodi Daynard

Narrated by Julia Whelan


The Midwife's Revolt

Written by Jodi Daynard

Narrated by Julia Whelan

ratings:
4.5/5 (49 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Apr 7, 2015
ISBN:
9781501230813
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

Released:
Apr 7, 2015
ISBN:
9781501230813
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    Worth reading

    My preference would be to give this a 3.5. It was laced with interesting historical detail and quite well written. It was very slow at the start however and took a while to gain momentum. I will look for other books of this author's however.
  • (4/5)
    I love reading about women from past time periods so that was a plus for me. Although very engaging, I do not know how historical this book actually was.I do recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, this book had a wonderful message about women and the power of unity.
  • (4/5)
    I love reading about the John and Abigail Adams, so this story suited me very well, even though it's classified as "historical fiction." I found it intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    Enjoy historical fiction and enjoyed the book. The problem was it was a little too predictable. Also a few ends that were not tied up and left you wondering about some of the characters.
  • (4/5)
    Overall, I liked this tale of a young widowed midwife living in Braintree, MA during the American Revolution. Elizabeth Lee Boylston (Lizzie) begins the novel as a relatively new bride whose in-laws were opposed to the marriage. Jeb and Lizzie are trying to make a go of a farm of their own when he hears the call to arms. When he dies in the Battle of Bunker Hill, Lizzie extends her efforts to get work as a local midwife while trying to keep the farm going with the help of young Martha Miller, whose parents have left her an orphan and whose brother is suspected of being a spy for the British. Lizzie is befriended by Abigail Adams, whose husband and son have sailed to France to negotiate assistance for the colonists. As the was continues, Lizzie becomes more deeply embroiled in political espionage.The author has done excellent research and presents a fascinating picture of what life must have been like for the women left to fend for themselves while their men went off to war. She brings in a number of historical figures and events as well. Many of the secondary characters, such as Martha and Lizzie's old family servants Giles and Bessie, are well-drawn and engaging. The only flaws for me were a swoon into romance about 2/3 through the novel and some rather silly episodes where Lizzie goes in disguise.A pretty good and fairly light read with a lot of interesting background research.
  • (4/5)
    The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard is a very interesting piece of historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War. The story is quite good and the writing is exceptional. I did feel that there were a few stretches which either dragged on or were unnecessary in that they didn't contribute to the narrative. Perhaps a case of having done so much interesting research that it was hard to omit favorite bits of information. Even though I felt that the book was longer than necessary because of this, Daynard's writing did not let the book become a laborious read.The historical aspect of this novel was particularly interesting as it centered on the women and their daily struggles and hardships as well as their moments of happiness. This reminded me of doing archival research (way back in college) using Civil War journals, diaries and letters to learn what was going on on the farms. I would definitely recommend this to readers of historical fiction as well as those interested in a well-researched perspective on what a woman's life was like during this period where history has chosen to focus almost exclusively on the activities of the men.Reviewed from an ARC made available by the publisher via NetGalley.