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    I am not much of a reader but when I started this book I just couldn't put it down.I read the whole book In one day! I recommended this book to all my friends and family! Definitely a must read! :)
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    I loved the story of the Midwife and her invention of the birthing spoons, thought to be the instrument of a witch. I like a book that takes me into another time and relays history through fictional characters. Roberta Rich is masterful using this technique. I have read The Glassblower of Marano. The Midwife is another aspect of this period in Venice and expands on my understanding of the people and politics of this period. Rich's characters are well developed, the language is beautifully descriptive, and the suspense is very well depicted. I recommend this novel to all who appreciate historical fiction.
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    It's always a challenge to read a work of fiction that parallels your own life and work. Roberta Rich expertly weaves fact and fiction in a captivating and engaging story! I can't wait to read the next one!
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    I bought this book because I enjoy historical fiction. The fact that this story is about Jewish history was a bonus. This book is very light and entertaining reading. Roberta Rich knows how to create suspense through constant twists in her plot. The problem for me was that her plot twists were too farfetched, not believable. I enjoyed the basic premise of the story, but it came across to me as romantic fantasy rather than as historical fiction. I know that there is a huge market for this kind of writing, but I would not recommend this book to a serious reader. I finished the book only because I paid for it, it was suspenseful reading, and it was a fairly short read.
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