The Midwife's Tale (Midwife's Tale Series #1)

The Midwife's Tale (Midwife's Tale Series #1)

by Sam Thomas
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The Midwife's Tale 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book is marvelous, the bonus for me was having been to York. A very enjoyable read.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Midwife's Tale is so good. I love the author's vision of how England was like during this time period. Lady Bridget is such a strong character and Martha too. I love learning more about Martha's background and how she came to work for a Lady Bridget. I thought she was a lot of fun. I, also, love the mystery and suspense of the story. And I was completely thrown off of "Who did it". Great book! I look forward to more by Sam Thomas and more of the series. Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Thomas at our Ohioiana Book Fair in May and bought this novel. Highly recommend the book - his research and detail is wonderful. I never knew the midwife during that time period had so much authority and respect. He also does a great job in detailing what's going on with the Civil War in England during that time with the Puritans and the Catholics. I'm definitely going to get his second book.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Author Samuel Thomas has written a fascinating whodunit about a courageous midwife who plies her trade in 17th century England in the midst of a civil war. Deep in the heart of York, Widow Bridget Hodgson is a savy, quick-witted midwife with a penchant for doing good. As a midwife, she holds power and prestige – giving evidence on issues of bastardy and infanticide. Her skills take her into the dredges of poverty and into the elegant salons of the wealthy. When she is ordered by the Mayor to declare a condemned woman not pregnant, Bridget staunchly refuses in order to buy more time to help clear the woman of murder charges she knows are untrue. With the aid of her feisty and secretive servant named Martha, the two set off on this murder investigation that soon turns into a dangerous enterprise. The author did an exceptional job in recreating 17th century York, no surprise due to the fact he is a history professor and knowledgeable. This not only lends credence to the story, but makes it shine with vividness. Memorable characters like Martha, who is much more than what she first appears to be, and powerful Bridget, who is unafraid to confront trouble at every turn, make this a gripping read from start to finish. Well disguised clues throughout the story make it difficult to predict the fabulous, unpredictable twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Likeable and smart heroine, interesting supporting characters, superb mystery in a quick read. Highly recommend.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
As soon as I cracked open my copy of The Midwife's Tale, author Sam Thomas transported me to 1600's York with his descriptive storytelling. The story takes place during the the English Civil War and revolves around Midwife Lady Bridget Hodgson. Bridget is twice widowed and well off thanks to her midwifery skills and to her friendship with her late husbands politician brother. She is independent, living with her two servants Hannah and Martha. Martha is new to her household and has quickly become Bridget's close friend. One day Bridget's best friend, Esther Cooper, is accused of murdering her husband. Bridget goes on a personal mission to help prove Esther's innocence and find the real murderer. When Bridget starts her investigation, what she finds is a web of lies and deceit. No one is safe during these trying times, especially unwed women like Bridget, and danger lurks around every corner. I love a good historical and this one was fantastic. There's mystery, suspense and the topic of midwifery all woven seamlessly into a multi layered plot. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the story would take another great twist. There's not a dull moment as Bridget searches for the truth behind the murder of her close friends husband. I liked Bridget straight away, she's a well developed and likeable character. Both her marriages were arranged through her family, but she actually loved her first husband. As the story flows, you see Bridget mourn the loss of her own children. When it came time for ladies to go into 'travail' or labor, and Bridget would grab her supplies, her birthing stool and head out the door, I felt like I was going right along with her. The topic of midwifery is fascinating, especially back in this time period. I found it interesting that as a midwife part of Bridget's job is finding out who the babies fathers are. Once she has their identity, the fathers are made to support their children instead of the city having to. Annoying, yet useful in their own way are the gossips who spread the word about all the goings on in the city. I was curious about the mysterious Martha and author Sam Thomas does a great job at giving Bridget's sidekick an interesting background as well. There's a twist in the story that I did not see coming concerning Martha and I was impressed with the turn the plot took at that point. The writing just flows, the storytelling is great and I recommend this one to fans of historical mysteries. Sam Thomas is an author to watch out for. I am very impressed by the way he breathed life into these female characters with his debut novel. ............. ....A midwife's work was never easy, but few things brought more joy than welcoming a new soul into the world..... p.134, The Midwife's Tale ............ Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Anonymous 7 days ago
This was a wonderful tale. The characters vivid ,as well as the descriptions of living in 17th century England. The plot is well thought out and well written too. I am eager to read his next novel!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. I didn't want to put it down. Old times murder mystery. Very unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good mystery
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This book is the first one I have ever read by this author. It held my interest all the way. I am looking forward to his next one.
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BBR47 More than 1 year ago
The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas intrigued me because of the setting and the background of the story that lies within.  For those who are interested in the research that goes into novels such as these I encourage you to go to the back of the book and read the Author's Note BEFORE you start reading his novel.  These notes heightened my interest.  I became completely fasinated  by the work that Thomas put into discovering the history and practices around midwifery in the mid 1600s.  Without being an historical  scholar myself, I came to believe that I was reading a very realistic piece of history surrounding a pretty good story.  The characters are not warm and I was sometimes put off by the harshness of the protagonist, but I do not doubt that  it was hard times and women who lived along had to fight for their due respect.  It helps to be rich.  Bridget Hodgson certainly rises to the occasion.
BarbaraClaypoleWhite More than 1 year ago
A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED HISTORICAL WHO-DUNNIT As a Brit and who used to live in York, I found the premise of this novel intriguing. It did not disappoint. From the first chapter, I was swept along in the familiar settings and the life of the 17th century midwife who, despite being an atypical woman for her time, never felt anything but authentic. I am full of admiration for Sam Thomas and his ability to craft Bridget's voice. I also found the supporting characters wonderfully unexpected: the lock-picking servant and Bridget's nephew who has a minor, but life-defining, deformity. In addition to introducing great characters, this is a murder mystery page-turner. I clocked the murderer early on, but I did not see the twist coming, and the subplot certainly kept me on my toes. I highly recommend this fabulous debut.