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The Harem Midwife: A Novel (Paperback)

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Set in the streets and imperial harem of Constantinople, this novel is
rich with the perils of women's lives and full of their strengths and
weaknesses. The misfortunes of Leah—the newly purchased slave meant for
the sultan’s couch—and Francesca—the scheming siren—are intense and
their options are limited. The Valide—mother of the Sultan—is a powerful
player in a dangerous game. And Hannah, the midwife, is stuck in the

— Nici


An opulent, riveting, and suspenseful continuation of the thrilling historical novel The Midwife of Venice set in medieval Constantinople.


The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1578. Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have overcome unfathomable obstacles to begin life anew in the Ottoman Empire. He works in the growing silk trade, and she, the best midwife in the capital, tends to the hundreds of women in Sultan Murat III’s lively and infamous harem. One night, Hannah is unexpectedly sum­moned to the extravagant palace and confronted with Leah, a Jewish peasant girl who was violently abducted. The sultan favors Leah as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but if the spirited girl fails an important test, she faces a terrible fate. Taken by Leah’s tenacity, Hannah risks everything to help her. But as Hannah agonizes over her decision, an enchanting stranger arrives from afar to threaten her peaceful life with Isaac, and soon Leah too reveals a dark secret that could condemn them both.

Filled with adventure and vivid detail and peopled with memorable charac­ters, The Harem Midwife showcases Roberta Rich’s boundless talent for cap­turing readers’ imaginations.

About the Author

Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico. The Midwife of Venice is her first novel.

Praise For…

“Rich skillfully incorporates a wealth of historical detail into her riveting tale of a heroine who won't give up on her marriage.”
— Chicago Tribune on The Midwife of Venice

"Riveting and compulsively readable,The Midwife of Venice combines fast- paced adventure with richly evocative historical writing."
— on The Midwife of Venice

“A cliffhanger-strewn debut … breathless historical adventure.”
— Kirkus Reviews on The Midwife of Venice

"Successfully captures the seedy side of 16-century Venice."
— Publishers Weekly on The Midwife of Venice

"Rich’s fascinating historical details and her warm empathy for her protagonists will capture historical fiction fans and readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent."
— Library Journal on The Midwife of Venice

Product Details
ISBN: 9781476712802
ISBN-10: 1476712808
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 25th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English
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