On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.
Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie's extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands - she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood - and her chance at finding love again - but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.
©2015 Jodi Daynard (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I enjoyed this book - the descriptions of the time are great and the performance is fab. You do really get to know the characters and the author's note at the end separating fact from fiction was great. A couple of times I felt there were some literary techniques used for the sake of them, and a few times the author seemed to give the game away by revealing something incidentally and then going back to explain it, which I found could then make things feel a bit predictable even when they weren't. But overall it was good and I'd recommend it :)
"Seemed true to the thoughts of the revolutionary war"
The story held my attention well, although a little slow at times, it reflects what I would imagine the pace of life at those times. The inner strength of the main characters and the close human bonds that they developed were inspiring and an indication of how the harsh living conditions were tolerated.
"Unlikely spies during the Revolutionary War"
A little known story of the women behind the combatants in America's birth. Loved the setting for this novel, transported me back to the beginnings of our country. Lizzie the narrator told the story in the language of the time. Worth a listen!
"I AM TEMPTED TO BEGIN IT AGAIN....RIGHT NOW!"
I will admit that the very beginning of this did not engage me. But the synopsis had interested me so I stayed with it and it was not long at all before I became in love with the. Narrator's voice her delivery.. the story, the author's style, the characters, the vocabulary, the descriptive way the author painted pictures for me. I imagine I would have enjoyed it in written form as well but if I'm going to reread this it will be the audio version once more . Bravo !
I DO NOT LISTEN TO HISTORICAL NOVELS. Well now that we got that out the way. I listen to my books while I clean horse stalls, and do my chores at the barn, and also while I am driving. On rare occasions I come across a book that is sooo well written and narrated that I will stop what I am doing and just listen to the beauty of the construction of words to build a story, and the final touch of excellent narration. Of my audible library of just under 700 books this story moves into the top 10. This story is told in the narrative view of a widowed midwife in the late 1700, it includes the Adams, Quincy's, and of course GW. BTW Julia Whelan is fabulous...Get it NOW
"Awesome book with interesting information"
I loved hearing about the medicinal herbs that were used for childbirth. entertaining and enjoyable.
"Great book, great narration"
Yes, because the writing is poetic and the narrator is excellent. I have listened to it again!
I liked the suspense of it and the reality of how hard things were for them as well as the friendships that were formed based on trust
The friendship between Abigail and Lizzie were the most entertaining for me (their dialogue)
Yes, I could, it is not boring at all.
This is just a really great historical fiction that plays on a woman's heart and shows the early sacrifices made by so many for freedom as well as the differences in how people were treated (especially women). I loved how the author used "my maker" in it for God and how she was able to give God a special place of honor in this book.
"Great historical novel."
This revolutionary war historical novel was an excellent read the narration also was very well done.
"Exceptional weave with outstanding performance"
Ms. Daynard has woven such compelling realness into an historical byte that makes the time zone of the setting of this story burst onto the stage of the mind with such vigor, it may be impossible to realize that these characters are not actual people I knew personally. And, Ms. Whelan has done the writing an extraordinary service with impeccable delivery. I really did not want this book to have a back cover!!!
"Great fictional history"
And not all fiction! Not to spoil, I will just say that this is a testament to the bravest of women and I was left with a swelling heart. Awesome listen, I will be looking for more from Jodi Daynard!
This was an interesting and engaging story. As much as I I enjoyed the story though, I thought the plot was rather silly. The historical components are interesting. However, I never really connected with any of the characters. I believe this is due to a lack of character development as opposed to the historical setting of the book, I therefore found it difficult to relate to, or care about, anything happening in the story. That being said, it was still an entertaining listen, mainly thanks to the narration.
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