The Harem Midwife

The Harem Midwife

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Baker & Taylor
A Venetian exile in Constantinople working as midwife for the Sultan's harem considers risking her livelihood in order to save a poor, Jewish peasant girl who was abducted and sold into the harem.

Baker
& Taylor

"Hannah and Isaac return in this opulent, riveting, and suspenseful tale--a continuation of Roberta Rich's thrilling debut The Midwife of Venice. The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1579: Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have set up a new lifefor themselves in Constantinople. Isaac runs a newly established business in the growing silk trade, while Hannah, the best midwife in all of Constantinople, plies her trade within the opulent palace of Sultan Murat III, tending to the thousand women of his lively and infamous harem. But one night, when Hannah is unexpectedly summoned to the palace, she's confronted with Zofia, a poor Jewish peasant girl who has been abducted and sold into the sultan's harem. The sultan favors her as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but the girl just wants to return to her home and the only life she has ever known. Will Hannah risk her life and livelihood to protect this young girl, or will she prioritize her high esteem in the eye of the sultan? An adventurous, opulent and deliciously exciting read, peopled with fascinating, unforgettable characters (a court eunuch; the calculating sultan's mother-in-law; the beguiling harem ladies; and a very mysterious young beauty from Venice who shows up on Hannah's doorstep, causing much havoc), this novel is sure to please fans of The Midwife of Venice and extend Roberta's reputation as a beloved historical fiction author"--
A Venetian exile in Constantinople in the 16th century working as midwife for the Sultan's harem considers risking her livelihood in order to save a poor, Jewish peasant girl who was abducted and sold into the harem. Original.

Simon and Schuster
An opulent, riveting, and suspenseful continuation of the thrilling historical novel The Midwife of Venice set in medieval Constantinople.

AN OPULENT, CAPTIVATING, AND SUSPENSEFUL HISTORICAL NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE THRILLING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE

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 sum­moned 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 charac­ters, The Harem Midwife showcases Roberta Rich’s boundless talent for cap­turing readers’ imaginations.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9781476712802
9780385676663
Branch Call Number: FIC RIC
Characteristics: 312 p. :,map ;,21 cm.

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matcat44
Mar 30, 2017

Very good read, look forward to book three.

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lola_jane
Jan 07, 2017

This sequel to The Midwife of Venice presents a satisfying conclusion for midwife, Hannah. Rich's descriptions are vivid and characters interesting. Works as a standalone novel, but readers will enjoy it more if they've previously read The Midwife of Venice.

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Thea1710
Aug 17, 2015

Wayyyyyyy too many confusing and difficult characters and names, not enough back story, the writer builds up to this climatic moment 5 pages before the books conclusion, and leaves MANY unanswered questions. I will not be purchasing my own copy!

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SusanAndrews
May 05, 2015

This was very good. What an interesting scenario, and you can't help but fall in love with Hannah and the story she tells.

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DanaKBurgess
Jan 31, 2015

I enjoyed this book much better than it's predecessor, The Midwife of Venice. Although it is a sequel, it can be read alone without any loss of understanding.

ukiechick Jun 04, 2014

GREAT BOOK I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN I HOPE THE AUTHOR COMES OUT WITH MORE BOOKS SINCE THIS IS HER SECOND NOVEL.

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llocas
Mar 09, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Learning how life was back then always fascinates me.

martins_mom Feb 23, 2014

Rich has written a romantic story about the life of a Jewish midwife in Constantinople. The form is not original but the plot is intriguing.

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Travel
Dec 27, 2013

As alluring as cotton candy. Easy to consume, irresistible even, but leaves you with that feeling of having overindulged and in need of some real sustenance.

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happycanuck
Nov 27, 2013

Excellent - good plot, well written, intriguing, easy read.

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