Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard

Title: The Midwife's Revolt
Author: Jodi Daynard
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Opossum Press
Publish Date: January 1, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
  • You like great detail.
  • You like well-rounded characters.
 What's the Story?:

From "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."

My Two Cents:

"The Midwife's Revolt" is the story of Lizzie Boylston, a young woman living during the American Revolution. Ahead of her times in many ways, Lizzie is trying to make her way in Massachusetts after her husband dies. Luckily as we see in this book, Lizzie is incredibly brave and resourceful. This book is truly a treat for historical-fiction lovers. Filled with great detail and fantastic characters, this book is definitely a full body experience.

Okay, first off, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of historical-fiction set during Revolutionary times. I can't tell you why but I can tell you that it is most definitely a shame, especially after reading this book. The American Revolution is so fascinating to me! In this book, Lizzie is really good friends with Abigail Adams, an incredibly fascinating lady (if you've never read the letters between her and her husband, John Adams, you must read them!). I loved that the author was able to weave Abigail into this story!

Ah, and there was so much good historical detail in this book! You have the Revolutionary War information (it was fascinating to read about Lizzie's family who were Tories as well as the Tories that didn't return to England). Lizzie is also a midwife so there is a lot of good and extremely interesting detail about medical care during this time. It's always interesting to me to be able to read about technology during a certain time. It's mind-blowing how far we've come.

The book also has great characters. The book is told from the perspective of Lizzie, who is absolutely fascinating in her own right (even with being surrounded by the likes of John and Abigail Adams and other stars of the American Revolution).

Overall, this is definitely a treat!



  1. I know next to nothing of the American Revolution. It needs a bit of reading on my part. This sounds a very interesting read.

  2. Thank you so much for the thoughtful review. FYI, I am on the third draft of the NEXT one, also set in this time period. I'll keep you posted on pub date!


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