The Harem Midwife
By Roberta Rich
(Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781476712802, 334pp.)
Publication Date: February 2014
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The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1578. Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have overcome unfathomable obstacles to begin life anew in the Ottoman Empire. He works in the growing silk trade, and she, the best midwife in the capital, tends to the hundreds of women in Sultan Murat III's lively and infamous harem. One night, Hannah is unexpectedly sum-moned to the extravagant palace and confronted with Leah, a Jewish peasant girl who was violently abducted. The sultan favors Leah as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but if the spirited girl fails an important test, she faces a terrible fate. Taken by Leah's tenacity, Hannah risks everything to help her. But as Hannah agonizes over her decision, an enchanting stranger arrives from afar to threaten her peaceful life with Isaac, and soon Leah too reveals a dark secret that could condemn them both.
Filled with adventure and vivid detail and peopled with memorable charac-ters, "The Harem Midwife" showcases Roberta Rich's boundless talent for cap-turing readers' imaginations.
Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico. The Midwife of Venice is her first novel.
‚eoeRich skillfully incorporates a wealth of historical detail into her riveting tale of a heroine who won't give up on her marriage.‚e
-Chicago Tribune on The Midwife of Venice
"Riveting and compulsively readable,The Midwife of Venice combines fast- paced adventure with richly evocative historical writing."
-FreshFiction.com on The Midwife of Venice
‚eoeA cliffhanger-strewn debut ‚e¶ breathless historical adventure.‚e
-Kirkus Reviews on The Midwife of Venice
"Successfully captures the seedy side of 16-century Venice."
-Publishers Weekly on The Midwife of Venice
"Rich‚e(TM)s fascinating historical details and her warm empathy for her protagonists will capture historical fiction fans and readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant‚e(TM)s The Red Tent."
-Library Journal† on The Midwife of Venice