It is 1876, and as the corruption of the ruling classes seeping ever deeper into the lives of ordinary folk in the town of Rufford in Maine, Hannah Trevor, the town's midwife, is finally discovering some peace after years of turmoil. For Hannah, already with child, is soon to marry her lover Daniel Josselyn and become mistress of Mapelton Grange. ...
It is 1876, and as the corruption of the ruling classes seeping ever deeper into the lives of ordinary folk in the town of Rufford in Maine, Hannah Trevor, the town's midwife, is finally discovering some peace after years of turmoil. For Hannah, already with child, is soon to marry her lover Daniel Josselyn and become mistress of Mapelton Grange. But there is trouble looming - Dr Samuel Clinch has petitioned the Magistrate's Court to bring charges against her over the death of a patient. So imagine Hannah's horror when, out walking with Daniel, she comes upon Clinch's bloated and burnt body. And why does Daniel reel back at the sight of the corpse, muttering 'What have I done?'...?
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Intricate plotting -- a bit too much so for me, but probably not for most. What I loved: Hannah Trevor, a strong, independent midwife and her almost-deaf eight year old daughter. Also, the detailed, responsible historical background, both in the depiction of daily life and in the specific details of Shay's Rebellion. I'll never again think of the Revolutionary War as quaint and relatively bloodless. Like all wars, it was bloody and horrible. The story is told inventively -- (fictional) court documents , recipes , the heroine's journal, and "Piecing the Evidence," as in piecing a quilt. In fact, quilting is the guiding metaphor for this, as for the earlier two in the Hannah Trevor trilogy. All are memorable.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-07-27 Pregnant women and jealous men populate the landscape of Lawrence's third heavily atmospheric Revolutionary War story (after Blood Red Roses and Hearts and Bones) featuring Maine midwife Hannah Trevor, who once again contends with authority, both individual and institutional, to save her own life and the lives of those she loves. During the annual military muster, the body of "barber-surgeon" Samuel Clinch is found shot in the head and the chest and with his feet burned. Hannah, four months pregnant with her lover Daniel's child, becomes a suspect because she had publicly derided Clinch's methods of childbirthing. She's let off the hook when another scapegoat, Clinch's black servant, is blamed for the killing. When Master Royallton-Smith of the General Court is shot twiceślike Clinchśmilitiamen are present, and Daniel, as their commander, is held responsible. Hannah manages to marry Daniel before he is taken away. Then, to secure the serene family life that she desires, she sets about to discover who killed the two prominent men. But in the postwar milieu of the 1780s, determining who had cause to murder Clinch and Royallton-Smith yields a tangled web of intrigue. In the middle of the knotted case are three pregnant weavers whose men seek retaliation for the women's abuse at the hands of wealthy, amoral men. Rife with period detail and heavy with references to repressed emotion and sexuality, this third historical saga nearly buries its thin thread of mystery in the oppressive tale of postwar machinations and tortured personal intentions. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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