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The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America It follows one woman’s path Li. Read on the WondrousBooks blog First and foremost I would like to say how impressed I am by all the research Ms Daynard did writing this book I read the Author s Note at the end and I realized that she really worked hard to get all of the details right I wish other writers were half as dedicated then we would not be suffocated by tons of literature that makes no senseHowever I must say that it is possible I made a mistake choosing to read and review this book I have never been entirely taken by fiction set in a certain period in the past which does not actually belong to the period If I m not making myself clear enough Pride and Prejudice YAY It depicts the same period in which the author lived and therefore there is nothing forced in her narrative and way of writing The Midwife s Revolt though the product of deep research is still a contemporary novel which falls to the genre of historical fiction See the difference is that I know that the author did not live in that period and no matter her amount of research the events and the social conditions that she describes can still be argued because they are of course not witnessedSadly this book did not do it for me It was expectedly dull to read about milking the cows and having nothing to talk about after dinner around the fire I of course did not expect that that would be what s going on especially seeing the title And the said revolt was wildly blown out of proportion Maybe for the period such actions would have been strange or highly unusual but from modern point of view usage of the word revolt leads to expectations of much bigger actionsI could certainly not connect with any of the characters Not being American and definitely not being a supporter of THE Cause or any other political cause for that matter there was nothing in the characters for me to feel close to Lizzie s big agenda was not to fight for her own rights but mostly to support the Cause which capital letter and all seemed a bit like the result of some serious brain washing Had this book been set in say North Korea the characters would have been the subject of much scrutiny I expect that because it s set in America they should be glorified Just becauseI don t think it s an issue that every nation sees their country as a magical place if that s what the nation wants But the events in this book seemed petty in contrast to the way the above mentioned revolt is being marketed There was neither much of a physical revolt nor was there any revolt of the mind There was the Cause Follow the Cause Support the Cause You are the Cause Though if you are a woman you can be the Cause by helping your man be the CauseAnd every time I thought YES She is finally going to fight for her own rights and her own place in the Cause it was just turned into a sappy romantic moment Woman gets kissed woman gets drunk because of a man woman faints because she is worried because of the man woman cries because of the man I didn t mention Pride and Prejudice randomly above The Midwife s Revolt is the American attempt of Pride and Prejudice with a splash of a revolution Mr Darcy seems a bit shady and disagreeable at first but then it turns out all he ever wanted was to help and never meant Lizzie any harm Lizzie Yes And at the end even though it s the midwife s revolt Mr Darcy is the hero

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D midwifery and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause Much has been written about our founding men But. Gripping story about midwives during the American Revolution I was so engrossed in this book I didn t even notice that I closed the book in a matter of 45 hours It was truly a riviting story

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Zzie Boylston from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams an. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading books about the midwives of the past is because they operated outside of the conventional norms for women They also had knowledge of herbs Herbalism and other traditional healing practices made them vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft as is shown in Love of Shadows by Zoe Brooks which I reviewed in October Lizzie Boylston like other historical midwives that I ve encountered didn t heed the opinions of others She rode her horse astride as men did and engaged in activities that were even unacceptable in her social milieuAnother aspect of this novel that I loved was the friendships between women These were honest relationships that could be ambivalent I appreciated that complexity The presence of Abigail Adams as one of Lizzie s friends underlines the feminist emphasis of the novel She is most remembered for telling her husband who was to become the second President of the United States to Remember the ladies For this alone she is honored by modern advocates of women s rightsI downloaded this book from Net Galley as an ARCFor my complete review see my December 2012 blog post More Than A Midwife The Midwife s Revolt by Jodi Daynard at

  • Paperback
  • 432
  • The Midwife's Revolt
  • Jodi Daynard
  • English
  • 13 July 2018
  • 9780615590622

About the Author: Jodi Daynard

Jodi Daynard is the author of the bestselling novels The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country She has also published The Place Within Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers Her essays and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals including Agni The New England Review The New York Times Book Review Fiction and the Paris Review Ms Daynard has taught writin



10 thoughts on “The Midwife's Revolt

  1. says:

    If you love historical fiction do yourself a favor and read this bookLizzie Boylston the main character is a midwife and

  2. says:

    Through the characters of Lizzie Boylston and her good friend Abigal Adams and a cast of real as well as other fictitious characters the time and places around Boston come to life during the Revolutionary War It's about some

  3. says:

    Read on the WondrousBooks blog First and foremost I would like to say how impressed I am by all the research Ms Daynard did writing this book I read the Author's Note at the end and I realized that she really worked hard to get all of the details right I wish other writers were half as dedicated then we would not be suff

  4. says:

    One of the reasons why I enjoy reading books about the midwives of the past is because they operated outside of the conventional norms for women They also had knowledge of herbs Herbalism and other traditional healing practices made

  5. says:

    The seamless integration of historical events and people of interest in the early years of the American Revolution and the strikingly detailed and portrayed fictional character of Lizzie Boylston in the writer’s well written prose made this book a joy to read and very difficult to put down Lizzie is a uniue character and not just for 17th century New England Her strength courage and plain spoken manner as well as her

  6. says:

    The idea for this book is ripe with promise a historical novel set in the War for Independence narrated from the POV of Abigail Adam's best friend Add in a dash of murder mystery and it seems like it should be a real winnerAs it turns out however this book is badly in need of a developmental editor I respect the author an

  7. says:

    Widowed when her young husband is killed in battle in Charlestown Lizzie Boylston makes use of her skills as a midwife and farmer to survive She also becomes involved in the Patriot Cause eventually dressing as a boy to a

  8. says:

    Gripping story about midwives during the American Revolution I was so engrossed in this book I didn't even notice that I closed the book in a matter of 45 hours It was truly a riviting story

  9. says:

    I found this book boring I should have uit but I just kept listening I am uite intrigued by midwives especially during this time period There was not very many details about midwives unfortunately Everything in the book seem to turn out perfect including every birth?? Something I didn't think was as common during those days Anyway

  10. says:

    This book was easy easy readable It's approach to the patriot cause from the Boyleston's view clear cut It's a simple matter of for or against in this book That's a huge part of my problem with this telling as in that era and community it often was not And that exact onus of mistrusttrust factor amongst neighbors seemed

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