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The Midwife of Venice

Roberta Rich

Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers-- a gift aided by the secret " birthing spoons" she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah' s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.

Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers-- a gift aided by the secret " birthing spoons" she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah' s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.
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Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers-- a gift aided by the secret " birthing spoons" she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah' s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Antoinette LaVecchia

Length:

9h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:03