Wednesday 14 March 2012

Wishlist Wednesday # 10...

I am delighted to be part of wishlist Wednesday which is hosted by Dani at pen to paper


The idea is to post about one book each week that has been on your wishlist for some time, or maybe just added.

So what do you need to do to join in?

Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.

Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.

Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.

Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.

Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post.

Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My # 10 Wishlist Wednesday Book


The Midwife of Venice


Roberta Rich

The Midwife of Venice 

Synopsis from Goodreads

A rollicking, fast-paced historical novel set against the richness and squalor of sixteenth-century Venice and Malta.

Hannah ha-Levi, a midwife in the Jewish ghetto, is known throughout Venice for her skill in midwifery. When a Christian count appears at Hannah's door imploring her to attend his labouring wife who is near death, Hannah's compassion is tested. Not only is it illegal for Jews to render medical treatment to Christians, it's also punishable by torture ... and death. But Hannah cannot turn down the money. With such a handsome sum, she can save her own husband, Isaac, who was captured at sea and taken to Malta as a slave of the Knights of St. John. Aided by her "birthing spoons" — rudimentary forceps she invented to help with difficult births — will Hannah be able to save mother and child? And if she can, will she also be able to save herself? 

Woven through Hannah's travails is the story of Isaac's life as a captive slave in Malta. Fearing that his wife has perished in the plague, he pins his hopes of returning home to Hannah on his talent for writing love letters that melt even the hardest of hearts.


I've seen some mixed reviews of this book, and yet something about the story really appeals to my love of history. I've enjoyed other stories set in Venice, this one brings to mind the books of Marina Fiorato and Sarah Dunant, both of these authors manage to capture the very essence of Renaissance Italy.

I try not to judge  a book by its cover, but something about the dark and moody blue of this one appeals to my sense of mystery.

**If you have read this - do leave a comment - I'd love to know what you think of my Wishlist Books...**

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