Midwife of Venice (Paperback)

By Roberta Rich

Ebury, 9780091944902

Publication Date: February 1, 2012

Summer 2012 Reading Group

“The Midwife of Venice is the love story of Hannah, the best midwife in 16th century Venice, and her husband, Isaac. It is also a story of intrigue, adventure, and the religious issues of the day. By edict of the Pope, a Jewish midwife could not aid in the delivery of a Christian baby. To do so would bring severe punishment to the midwife as well as to the Jewish community as a whole. Hannah is faced with the choice of letting a gentile baby and his mother die in the hands of a less competent midwife, or attempting to help. The choice she makes will have dire consequences regardless of how she chooses. An enthralling read with much to discuss!”
— Nancy Nelson, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
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Beautifully told with exceptional skill, "The Midwife of Venice" brings to life a time and a place cloaked in fascination and mystery and introduces a captivating new talent in historical fiction.