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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; Advance Reading Copy edition (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385676662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385676663
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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"The details of 16th-century life in Constantinople are delightfully portrayed, the storyline is compelling. . . . The Harem Midwife is an entertaining read, sure to please those who enjoyed The Midwife of Venice and certain to find new fans as well." —The Vancouver Sun

"Rich describes the opulence of royal life in Constantinople set against conspiracy and betrayal. There is perfidy amidst the lushness of rooms overflowing with silks and jeweled brocades and infused with the scent of orange blossoms. . . . In Rich's Constantinople, the more heavenly the surroundings, the more treacherous the characters, and Hannah must figure out whom to trust." —Toronto Star

About the Author

ROBERTA RICH divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. She is a former family law lawyer. Her first novel, the bestselling The Midwife of Venice, has been published to acclaim in thirteen territories, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Visit Roberta at www.robertarich.ca.

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Nov. 5 2013
Format: Paperback
Roberta Rich's debut novel, The Midwife of Venice, was 'richly' received by reading audiences everywhere. I really enjoyed it (my review) and remember writing at the end of my review..." it ended too soon! But it looks like a sequel is in the works - I'll be picking it up for sure."

Well, that sequel - The Harem Midwife - is here. It's just as good as the first book and provided a lovely Sunday afternoon's read for me.

1578. Hannah and her husband Isaac have fled Venice and made a life for themselves in Constantinople. Hannah is a talented midwife and her skills have been noticed by the palace of Sultan Murat III. She is called to ascertain the purity of a new girl purchased for the harem. But Hannah feels pity for the young woman and lies. Will that lie be revealed and threaten everything Hannah and Isaac have together? Or will the threat come from a 'family' member with their own devious agenda?

I like historical fiction, but don't usually go this far back. However, Roberta Rich has changed my mind. She slowly and lavishly paints her settings with the sounds and sights of time and place vividly described. I learned so much from the details woven into her tale - not just of the Ottoman Empire, but of midwifery and Jewish life and customs.

Hannah is a great lead character - warm, caring and yes, fallible - and the reader becomes invested in her life. The love for her husband and depiction of their home life made her even more 'real.' I did question her lying to the palace and her friends' willingness to go along with her seemingly foolhardy plan, but this only added to the wonderful mix of history, suspense and romance Rich has again woven. Here's hoping there's a third book in the works!
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Those of you who enjoyed Roberta Rich's dazzling debut novel, The Midwife of Venice, will be thrilled to know there is a sequel. In The Harem Midwife, Hannah and Isaac encounter further trials in the intriguing city of Constantinople, and Hannah ventures deep inside the sultan's harem, now Istanbul's major tourist attraction, the Topkapi palace. Be prepared for fun adventures, new antagonists, and exciting twists of plot!

In the U.S., The Harem Midwife will be published in a Kindle edition in November and in paperback in February 2014.
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I didn't have the pleasure of reading The Midwife of Venice but I eased right into The Harem Midwife, regardless. It can easily be read as a standalone since important details are provided as needed throughout the book.
The story was raw, passionate, disturbing, and touching all at once. Heartbreaking, yet heartwarming too...I absolutely loved it!
Hannah is a very likeable character and I was effortlessly able to sympathize with her throughout all of her internal and external struggles. I found all the characters to be very well rounded and authentic.
The pacing was excellent, and unlike some of the other reviewers, I didn't feel that the ending was rushed. I was quite happy with it actually. Looking forward to reading more of Roberta Rich's work!

*I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.
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Roberta Rich's new novel, The Harem Midwife, is a gift to lovers of historical fiction everywhere. Set in 16th-century Constantinople, the Harem Midwife is a great feast of a book: power, sex, intrigue, betrayal, and a woman's struggle to protect her family, her moral code and her own life. As with The Midwife of Venice (the first novel in this excellent trilogy and also highly recommended) Rich's meticulous research is evident on every page. To read The Harem Midwife is to be immersed in the scents of the spice market, the machinations of the Sultan's harem, and the lives of women constrained by religious laws and protected by their own fertility. In this wonderful novel, Roberta Rich brings the past of one of the world's most fascinating cities to glorious life.
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