Title: The Midwife’s Revolt
Author: Jodi Daynard
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Opossum Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the Book:
The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America. It follows one woman’s path, Lizzie Boylston, from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams and midwifery, and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause. Much has been written about our founding men. But The Midwife’s Revolt is unique in that it opens a window onto the lives of our founding women as well.
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 unique character and not just for 17th century New England. Her strength, courage and plain-spoken manner, as well as her ‘take charge’ attitude feel wholly and completely modern: her willingness to flout convention and place herself in great danger to protect her friends and satisfy her own curiosity were refreshing, if nail-biting to read.
Particularly effective is the life-long friendship with Abagail Adams, and the friendship and support the two shared through the years. In the cleverly portrayed relationship, we see the strength of these two women, and readers will find many correlations to concerns of a more modern day. This is one of those books that has you wishing all history courses were presented in this form: giving a real sense of the trials and challenges faced by the people of the time.
Fiction can open new vistas, and provide a new level of understanding of a situation: whether done wholly from the author’s imagination or utilizing real facts and historical references to enhance the story in which their character is starring. Jodi Daynard managed to both enhance Lizzie’s story with fact, and enhance fact with this story of Lizzie.
I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.