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. ...Read MoreIt 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?'...?Read Less
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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.
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