Review from The Star

Published on Fri Dec 20 2013 The Star The Harlem Midwife By Roberta Rich Doubleday Canada, 320 pages The Harlem Midwife is Roberta Rich’s second book about midwife Hannah Levi, who has fled to Constantinople from Venice with her silk trader husband, Isaac. It’s 1579 and Hannah works as imperial…

Lost In A Great Book Review

Review: The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich By Lost in a Great Book • 2013/11/26 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…

Kirkus Review

KIRKUS REVIEW Dec 8th 2013 A midwife in the palace of Sultan Murat III helps a poor Jewish harem girl in Rich’s follow-up to The Midwife of Venice (2012). In 16th-century Constantinople, Venetian exiles Hannah and Isaac Levi traverse the sometimes-treacherous streets and work to sustain themselves and their son. Isaac’s…

Review on Fictional Cities

Roberta Rich The Harem Midwife After the adventures recounted in The Midwife of Venice Hannah has moved her family to Constantinople, where she's been employed by the Sultan and, more importantly, has the approval of his mother, the Valide, to look after the female functions of the women in his…