An engaging story that combines history, mystery, and romance to immerse you in the Revolutionary period. A young widow survives by farming and using her midwife skills - and goes on to become involved in the Revolution. The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Baynard - #historical fiction, #reading, #books to read, #books

The Midwife's Revolt

By Jodi Baynard

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The Midwife's Revolt is the first book in The Midwife Series by Jodi Daynard about the revolutionary war. As a historical fiction lover, I enjoyed reading about the women who took up arms for the cause. If you enjoy books with strong women, you'll fall in love with the character Lizzie Boylston, who loses her husband in the battle of bunker hill, yet forges on to become a significant player in the fight against the British.

Familiar names such as John and Abigail Adams and George Washington are scattered throughout the book, which certainly jogged my memory of our nation's history. Despite the submissive role women were expected to play in society and the limitations imposed on them, Lizzy and her comrades fought back. The story is rich in history and filled influential and active women, yet it's light and easy read. I listened to this on audio and look forward to finishing the series.

Book Club Talking Points:

A story about a strong, unconventional young widow and the struggles of living during the Revolutionary War period. There are also themes of friendships, female bonding and supporting the War.
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*Discussion Questions

1. What does TMR reveal about the lives of women during the American Revolution?

2. According to TMR, what was the role of the midwife’s in America during the 18th century?

3. Why were the people of Braintree slow to trust Lizzie?

4. What do the Boylstons have against Lizzie?

5. Lizzie is often wrong in her judgments. What is she ultimately wrong about, and how does her fallibility make you feel about her?

6. What did you learn about John and Abigail Adams from their portraits in the novel?

7. What values do these characters possess that get them through hard times?

8. How does the subplot of Eliza and her child Johnny add to the novel?

9. Do you think the author creates an authentic “voice” for Lizzie, or should the voice have been more modern? What would be the plusses and minuses of a less “period” voice for Lizzie?

10. What do you takeaway from this novel in terms of its “message”?

11. Did you find the ending satisfying? Why or why not?

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Book Summary
Since its publication by Lake Union in April of 2015, The Midwife’s Revolt has consistently led the bestseller lists in Historical and Literary Fiction. It currently has more than 1,100 reviews on Read below for a few of them!

The Midwife’s Revolt is the first of a trilogy. The second novel of the trilogy will be published in February of 2016, also by Lake Union.

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.

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