Sunday, May 5, 2013

"The Midwife's Revolt" by Jodi Daynard Book Review (Ends 5/11) U.S.

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
Review: The Midwife's RevoltThe Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Historical fiction quite often speaks to me, and this book certainly did that.  I know a lot about American history, and yet I don't in some ways.  I would say that I know a lot of facts, but there is something about personalizing the stories to make history come alive.

The thing that continued to strike me in this story is what our forefathers and their families gave up for this great nation of ours.  They didn't look to the government for handouts, and they believed in a balanced government.  They gave up their place in society back in England and learned to get by as needed.  I have to admit I wondered how John Adams would feel about where our country is today.

I am happy to report that there is no profanity in the book nor bedroom scenes.  The writing style of the book is reminiscent of classic books, and there are times my interest waned.  Notwithstanding, this book tells a fantastic story with a bit of mystery and espionage.  If you want to read a book that will truly remind you of the principles upon which the U.S. was built and how hard the early settlers had to fight for lasting freedom.  About the time you think you're going to be bored, the author throws in a twist that you probably won't see coming.  It is truly a delight to read!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  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. What a thoughtful, awesome review! thank you for posting!

    ~Marie Borthwick, Novel Publicity

  2. Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read! I think my favorite would be "The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


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