Book Review: The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard

16 12 2012

Book Title:  ImageThe Midwife’s Revolt

Author: Jodi Daynard

Publisher: Opossum Press

Genre:  Historical Fiction – Revolutionary Era

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  Upon the death of friend Abigail Adams, midwife and healer Lizzie Boyleston recalls the events in Braintree, MA at the beginning of the Revolutionary War – including her friendship with the famous first lady.

Despite a slow start, this book quickly gained my interest and once into the full story, I could not put it down.  I love Lizzie Boyleston, who grows and changes through this book from a humble farmer’s wife to a magnificent patriot.  The cast of characters around her are a mixture of fact and fiction, but the author does a worthy job of knitting together these people and the crisis of their time.  The book is told memoir style – with Lizzie recounting the story in the first person, alluding to things to come in the narrative and outright addressing the reader.  The tale has much dramatic tension.  It is a time of intrigue and violence, and the reader is drawn to discover the secrets and who the real patriots are.

I recently read a number of historical bios on Founding Fathers and appreciated this portrayal of Abigail Adams – in the days before becoming First Lady – how beloved and important she was in her local community, and all the sacrifices necessary for the revolution.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  It had a little of everything – mystery, history, romance, suspense.  A very good effort for a first novel.  Congratulations to the author!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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