Monday, January 14, 2013

HF Virtual Book Tours: The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas

Title: The Midwife's Tale
Author: Sam Thomas
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: January 8, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan
  • You're a mystery fan
  • You like strong female leads
What's the Story?:

From "It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who’s far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha’s past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city’s most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther’s murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand."

My Two Cents:

"The Midwife's Tale" is a historical fiction/ mystery tale about Bridget, a midwife, who gets involved in solving a mystery while the English Civil War rages on. I usually don't read a lot of mystery books but between the intriguing premise and the great writing, this is one book that I dove right into.

First off, I've read very few books about the English Civil War so this was new territory to me. I really think that Thomas did a great job of capturing the shear chaos of living in a place like the city of York as well as the way day to day life was like in the city. Even with a war going on, people like Bridget still had to find a way to go about their day to day jobs.

I loved Bridget's character. She's definitely strong. Whereas a lot of women during that time period would be sort of lost without having a husband who was alive, Bridget thrives as a midwife. I found the descriptions of all of the different people that she treated to be really fascinating. She moves between all walks of life as she goes about her work.

I also liked the mystery in the book. Bridget's friend, Esther, is trying to convince Bridget that Esther is innocent and didn't kill her husband but the evidence is stacked against her. Bridget is compelled to get to the bottom of it. There were so many different twists and turns, which really helped me to keep reading just so I could follow some more clues. The mystery was great even for those, who like myself, don't usually care for mysteries.

Bottom line: This book will appeal to both historical fiction and mystery lovers alike.

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Tuesday, January 8
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Wednesday, January 9
Review & Giveaway at Ageless Pages Reviews
Review & Author Interview at A Bookish Libraria

Thursday, January 10
Review at Raging Bibliomania

Friday, January 11
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie

Monday, January 14
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, January 15
Review at Book Journey
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, January 16
Review & Giveaway at Book of Secrets

Thursday, January 17
Review & Giveaway at The Book Buff

Friday, January 18
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Monday, January 21
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, January 22
Review at The Bookworm

Wednesday, January 23
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Thursday, January 24
Review at Book Dilettante
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Friday, January 25
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
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Monday, January 28
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Review & Giveaway at Stiletto Storytime

Tuesday, January 29
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 30
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Thursday, January 31
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Friday, February 1
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  1. I've never read anything set during the English Civil War, so it sounds interesting to me!

  2. Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I liked reading it earlier this year. I was hoping that this would turn into a series as I really liked Bridget's character. We shall have to wait and see.


    1. Excellent point! This would make for a really cool series!


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