This book is not a mystery so much as a thick and satisfying historical fiction novel with my favorite focus: the upheavals of history through women's eyes. The midwife Hannah, though anachronistically feminist, with her short hair and refusal to share "her" daughter with her daughter's father, lives a life as chaotic as any in the time just after the Revolutionary War. She is strongly loved, not only by her daughter's father, but by her family and a few good friends, including her cousin Jonathan; she is also beaten by a mob, and she is the female witness to all of the district's autopsies, as well as caring for the dead and not just the living as a nurse-midwife. This book is one I'd recommend to fans of Sharyn McCrumb's historical mysteries. First in a trilogy; sequels include Blood Red Roses and The Burning Bride.
Interesting historical mystery ilnvolving midwife Hannah Trevor. This takes place in Maine in deepest winter.
Historical suspense novel that grabs the reader immediately. But hwat gives the story its power is the impossible love between a woman who values her independence above almost all else...and a complicated man trapped by his own sense of honor.
Really good read. Post-Revolutionary War mystery. Light on romance and very good emotional scenes.
This novel is not so much a mystery as a suspense novel. It grabs you when you first open the pages and pulls you in. Set in post revolutionary war Maine you quickly are forced into the world from a midwifes point of view. Hanna is what you would think of as a feminist. She doesnt conform to societies ideals for a woman. And really that is alright.
I have no read pure suspense book in sometime, and was really looking forward to this one. While it did fall somewhat short of my thought of what is a five star book it was still a good read. Some of the prose does go over board, and some of the scenes do drag. But over all it is a very enjoyable book. The characters are well thought out, and interesting. You do really want to know more about Hannah, and some of the other ladies of the book.
Most of the historical content is correct, except for one issue. Several references are made to the ladies being patchwork quilters. As a woman who knows her history (especially this era) and a woman who knows her sewing history as well it irked me. It is widely agreed upon that patchwork quilting as its called now was not done at this era. Quilting yes, but not the specifics of Patchwork. So that did bother me a little bit. But not enough to make me put down the book.
If youre looking for a good historical that is just a short time after the revolution this is a good read. It doesnt really have any romance on it. And you will follow a very interesting cast of women through the story.
In the middle of winter in Maine after the revolutionary war, a young wife and mother has been raped and murdered in her own home. The savage crime has touched midwife Hannah Trevor's world, drawing her into an investigation that could destroy everything and everyone she loves. Because the victim left behind a letter accusing three attackers before she died. And one of them is a man of wealth and honor, a wounded ex-soldier -- and the father of Hannah's illegitimate daughter.
Midwife Hannah Trevor is called upon once again to solve a mystery. From the cover: "In the mist of a pitiless winter in Rufford, Maine - a town deeply scarred by America's recent, bloody war of revolution - an abomination has occured: a young wife and mother has been raped and murdered in her own home. The savage crime has touched midwife Hannah Trevor's world, drawing her into an investigation that could destroy everything and everyone she loves..."
Tightly written historical suspense..........
A bit too grim for me- didn't finish it
I couln't read it fast enough.
In an American nation newly born, in the killing freeze of merciless Maine winter, one remarkable woman-a midwife who helps bring life into this world must now confront deather in it's most depraved and treacherous form.