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The Harem Midwife

Rich, Roberta (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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 life for 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Rich, Roberta
Title: The harem midwife
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2014
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Characteristics: 334 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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 life for 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"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9781476712802
Statement of Responsibility: Roberta Rich
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-334)
Subject Headings: Istanbul (Turkey) History 16th century Fiction Istanbul (Turkey) Court and courtiers Fiction Sultans Fiction Harems Turkey Fiction Jews Fiction Midwives Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Sultans
Harems
Jews
Midwives
LCCN: 2013023595
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Jun 04, 2014
  • ukiechick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 09, 2014
  • llocas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 23, 2014
  • martins_mom rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 27, 2013
  • Travel rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 27, 2013
  • happycanuck rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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