The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1579
An opulent, captivating, and suspenseful historical novel from the author of the thrilling international bestseller The Midwife of Venice, Roberta Rich’s THE HAREM MIDWIFE will enthrall readers with the return of Hannah and Isaac Levi. The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1578. Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, begin life anew in the Ottoman Empire. Isaac owns a silk workshop, and Hannah, 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 summoned to the palace to ascertain the virginity of Leah, a Jewish peasant girl. The sultan favors Leah as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but if the spirited girl fails this test, she faces a terrible fate. Captivated by Leah’s tenacity, Hannah must decide whether to risk everything to lie for her. Soon Leah reveals a dark secret that could condemn them both. Meanwhile, as Hannah agonizes over her decision, a beautiful woman arrives from Venice with a plot to destroy Hannah’s marriage, and steal her beloved son, Matteo. Filled with adventure and vivid detail and peopled with memorable characters, THE HAREM MIDWIFE showcases Roberta Rich’s boundless talent for capturing readers’ imaginations.