Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Historical Fiction: The Midwife's Revolt

;3DCoverWelcome to the next stop on the review tour for The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard.
“A charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War.”
Publishers Weekly
Book Description: 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. A novel rich in historical detail, The Midwife’s Revolt opens a window onto the real lives of colonial women.

Jodi Daynard’s historical fiction The Midwife’s Revolt has eared a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and praise from libraries, historical associations and is even featured at The Museum of the American Revolution.
“This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive.”
Kirkus Reviews

Let me give you some background first on the mind I was in reading this sensational book. I was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts, I have been to each and every place described in this book. I took a lot of politics classes in college and was a huge fan of John Adams. In fact the book by David McCullough sits by my desk regularly. Dog eared and bookmarked. I also started reading this on April 15th. Yah, that April 15th. Patriot's Day here in the Commonwealth. Marathon Monday.  When once again the patriots of my great state were called upon to come together. So that being said, hopefully no biases can be accused of me.

This book is jaw droppingly wonderful. Impeccably researched,  phenomenally relatable, and the seamless mix of history and plot make it probably my favorite historical book ever. Not only is there the main story, the strength of a widow in the midst of the American Revolution who was more talented and skilled than any doctor of her time. The sub plots of romance, intrigue, espionage, and race relations could each fill their own book. And Dynard does each one justice.

As an author I would never think to undertake such a project. She must have had multiple storyboards and notes pages long.  Her accuracy and research are commendable 

As a reader. I was hard bent to find a character I didn't like. (Except for maybe the pompous Mr. Cleverley.)  Each and everyone was relatable within the context. The descriptions were beautiful. I could picture myself walking down Boylston St surrounded by Tories and Patriots. I could feel Lizzy's pain after the battle at Breed's Hill, and I wanted to lose myself entirely within the pages of this book.

Dynard gives us a totally different picture of colonial woman than any history book. Their will, determination, self preservation and sacrifice was so beautifully portrayed. And my beloved state, with all it's sordid history as the birthplace of democracy was also wonderfully represented. (Us New Englander's, Bostonians in particular, are a loyal bunch to our home.) I cried along with Lizzy, I rejoiced along with Abigail, and I felt the sacrifice of Martha. I can give this book nothing less than five stars! I will reread it and reread it. It should be required reading on every high school curriculum.

book cover headAbout the Author: Jodi Daynard is a writer of fiction, essays, and criticism. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Paris Review, Agni, New England Review and in several anthologies. She is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers (W. W. Norton). Ms. Daynard’s essays have been nominated for several prizes and mentioned in Best American Essays. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and in the MFA program at Emerson College, and served for seven years as Fiction Editor at Boston Review. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The National Women’s Book Association, and the Author’s Guild. The Midwife’s Revolt is her first novel.

Prizes! And now for the best part, the prizes!  Because who doesn't love awesome book themed gifts?  Jodi is offering A Kindle Fire to one reader as well as a Artemis Cameo Necklace, an American Flag Folk Art and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  All you have to do is leave a comment and enter the rafflecopter!  Of course, there are plenty of other ways to enter to win just by helping spread the word about The Midwife's Revolt.

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  1. I read this book a couple weeks ago and it was amazing! I highly recommend it. You laugh, you cry, and you get a better understanding about what life was like back in the founding days of the US. I thought it was eye opening and Jodi Daynard just does an amazing job with the details!

    1. Thank you Andrea.... I loved sharing this amazing book

  2. Thank you so much for posting such high praise, I am so glad you enjoyed the book!

    ~Marie Borthwick, Novel Publicity

  3. I am moved by and grateful for your review. Thank you!

  4. I am moved by and grateful for your review. You got everything out of my novel that I hoped a reader would. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much.. I am so humbled that you stopped and liked the review. lol This is an amazing book, I think I'm giving it to my mom for mother's day.... I just can't sound it's praise far enough

  5. Thank you for an awesome review! I have recently started reading historical fiction so I'm a bit new to the genre but I especially Pamela Clare's books!

  6. Ive just begun the book and i'm hooked. The independence and strength of the characters displayed in the early stages of the book has already provided an insight and a deeper appreciation for the "wives" of our founding fathers and most likely their back bone!!!