Alex wrote on the College Candy Blog:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a history buff. I love reading historical biographies and learning all I can about times long gone. However, historical fiction is a genre I’ve barely scratched the surface of. I just don’t find myself particularly drawn to historical fiction books, but I may soon be changing my tune thanks to “The Midwife of Venice.” The novel is set in 16th century Venice and features Hannah Levi, a notoriously skilled, Jewish midwife, as our main character. Hannah lives in Ghetto Nuevo, the Jewish ghetto in Venice. One evening, she is approached by a Christian count to assist in his wife’s delivery. He must bear an heir soon or else his entire inheritance will be lost to his two brothers. Hannah initially turns him down; after all, it is illegal for Jews to supply medical assistance to Christians.  Read the complete review……


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