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The Midwife's Revolt (Midwife #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,257 Ratings  ·  830 Reviews
"A charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War." -- Publishers Weekly

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 dangero
Paperback, 1st ed. Out of print., 432 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Opossum Press (first published December 2nd 2012)
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Angela M
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Through the characters of Lizzie Boylston and her good friend Abigal Adams, and a cast of real as well as other fictitious characters, the time and places around Boston come to life during the Revolutionary War . It's about some very strong women , friendships, love , some espionage thrown in that makes for an intriguing story.

In her notes at the end , Daynard describes how she sought through her meticulous research to provide historical accuracy and she also tells us (alas ) that Lizzie Boylst
Jeannette Nikolova
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First and foremost, I would like to say how impressed I am by all the research Ms Daynard did writing this book. I read the Author's Note at the end and I realized that she really worked hard to get all of the details right. I wish other writers were half as dedicated, then we would not be suffocated by tons of literature that makes no sense.

However, I must say that it is possible I made a mistake choosing to read and review this book. I have never been entirely
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the reasons why I enjoy reading books about the midwives of the past is because they operated outside of the conventional norms for women. They also had knowledge of herbs. Herbalism and other traditional healing practices made them vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft as is shown in Love of Shadows by Zoe Brooks which I reviewed in October. Lizzie Boylston, like other historical midwives that I've encountered, didn't heed the opinions of others. She rode her horse astride as men did, ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, net-galley
The seamless integration of historical events and people of interest in the early years of the American Revolution, and the strikingly detailed and portrayed fictional character of Lizzie Boylston in the writer’s well-written prose made this book a joy to read, and very difficult to put down.

Lizzie is a unique character and not just for 17th century New England. Her strength, courage and plain-spoken manner, as well as her ‘take charge’ attitude feel wholly and completely modern: her willingnes
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Gripping story about midwives during the American Revolution. I was so engrossed in this book I didn't even notice that I closed the book in a matter of 4.5 hours. It was truly a riviting story.
Widowed when her young husband is killed in battle in Charlestown, Lizzie Boylston makes use of her skills as a midwife and farmer to survive. She also becomes involved in the Patriot Cause, eventually dressing as a boy to act as a spy. Her neighbors in Braintree, the Adams and Quincy families, become supportive friends. The book combines historical accuracy with an exciting, touching storyline for the fictional Lizzie during the Revolutionary War years. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy spe ...more
Sonnet Fitzgerald
The idea for this book is ripe with promise: a historical novel, set in the War for Independence, narrated from the POV of Abigail Adam's best friend. Add in a dash of murder mystery and it seems like it should be a real winner!

As it turns out, however, this book is badly in need of a developmental editor. I respect the author and the work she put in, but this version just wasn't ready without some serious cleaning up.

In specific:

There are multiple plot holes or narrative errors in the story, wh
Shari Larsen
One night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston wakes up to the sound of cannons. From a hill in Boston, she can see the city of Charlestown burning during a battle, a battle she soon learns has claimed the life of her husband.

Lizzie is still new in the town of Braintree, Massachusetts, but she takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams. Lizzie is also a midwife, and soon word spreads of her skills in midwifery and healing, and she channels her grief into helping others.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, american
רומאן היסטורי על תקופת מלחמת העצמאות האמריקאית. במרכז העלילה ליזי בויילסטון, המתמחה שלה ברטה והחברה הקרובה אביגייל.

ליזי מאבדת את בעלה במלחמה. אישה שנותרת לבד ומסרבת להצטרף למשפחת בעלה שבמילים מעטות לא מחבבת אותה. תושבי העיירה חושדים בה, אבל היא מפלסת את דרכה גם בזכות היותה מיילדת ומרפאת.

הספר מחולק לפרקים במהלך שנות המלחמה והם כוללים תיאור אוטנטי של עלילות המלחמה, מזימות, בגידות, אהבות, שנאות ובעיקר את הישרדותן של הנשים בתקופה קשה.

אחת הבעיות שלי עם הספר שהוא כולל קווי עלילה מרובים שאף אחד מהם לא
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Susrprisingly good, especially for short bus rides, because even a few pages create a mood, through details of daily living (down to a recipe for orange cake), descriptions of the political tensions of the time, the narrator's philosophical observations, or the challenges that each of the three main female characters face. Some beautiful descriptive language pops up unexpectedly when the author/narrator integrates details with larger picture observations about that particular moment in history. ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book boring. I should have quit but I just kept listening. I am quite intrigued by midwives especially during this time period. There was not very many details about midwives unfortunately. Everything in the book seem to turn out perfect including every birth??! Something I didn't think was as common during those days. Anyway probably wouldn't recommend it.
Enjoyable story with all the good stuff---history, mystery, adventure & romance. I loved that the main character was friends with Abigail Adams & appreciated being immersed in the Revolutionary time period. I listened on Audible with Julia Whelan's stellar narration. Good read, especially for history buffs.

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The Midwife's Revolt is a nice American-Revolution-era historical fiction starring a young widowed midwife, Lizzie Boylston. Lizzie lives in Braintree, Massachusetts (famous for being the home of John and Abigail Adams), and she's a total Patriot.

"'Nice', you say?", you say?

Well, it is. Better than "good"; not quite "excellent". The main character is brave and confident and loyal, but she still feels a little bland, not that there's anything wrong with that. The plot is interesting and included
Liza Perrat
The Midwife’s Revolt, set in Braintree, Massachusetts, throws the reader into the turbulent years of the American Revolutionary War, with great insight into the personal lives of the women left at home.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolyston, a midwife and a widow of the Revolution is struggling with the pain and grief of her husband's death, and her battle to be accepted into her small community. But she’s determined, and rides a horse like a man and disguises herself in men’s clothes to work undercover fo
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve been getting more and more into historical fiction, mostly based on my newfound love for the Outlander series. I’ve never been a huge fan of history in the past, but lately, I’ve been getting more excited about petticoats, homesteads, and strong women characters that changed the fate of those in their time.

Enter NetGalley with the offer for this novel. I jumped on the chance to read it and I’m glad I did. It wasn’t the showstopper I was hoping it would be, but it did feature a solid mystery
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
This is an interesting take on the American Revolution.

I liked Lizzie and the relationships she had with the people around her. Just seeing Lizzie, who's a widow, try to survive on her own as a midwife during the American Revolution was great. I liked seeing her friendship with Abigail Adams, even though it seemed to have a bigger role in the beginning of the book, and then dropped off a little as the novel progressed. She had interesting relationships with Martha and Eliza, but I especially lik
Davina W.
To be honest, the first half of this book bored me enormously. I nearly gave up reading it. In my opinion it lacked originality and the characters, though amiable, were infinitely forgettable.
But I have to admit, the story grew on me and I became quite absorbed in it in the end. It was exciting, romantic and interesting to read about a historic time, I know very little about.
I think Daynard could have done a better job in drawing the reader into the story, so that one could really feel with the
I got this on Kindle and audible and ended up listening to the whole book rather than reading it. This historical fiction is set during the American Revolution. Being a New Englander, I enjoyed the description of events in the Boston area including Cambridge, and Braintree, south of Boston, where the heroine lives. The heroine is close friends with Abigail Adams, the wife of the future president, John Adams. Daynard does include real life figures and events, but the heroine is pure fiction. The ...more
Meital Ben-Daniel
Too slow and boring. Highly disappointing.
Read only up to 37% and had no urge to continue.... sorry !
Naomi Blackburn
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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My opinion: I selected this book from Netgalley because of the subject matter. I have always been fascinated by women who fought in the Revolutionary War, so this book would have fit right into my reading love. I think, given the subject of this book, I expected much more "action" than what the book offered. However, I found myself frequently bored with the storyline and the writing. In all honesty, the characters left me kind of cold too.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn in by this story of Abigail Adams (pictured as Laura Linney from John Adams miniseries) and her fictional friend Lizzie Boylston. We know the stories of our brave male patriots of the 1776 era, so it's nice to read about some courageous women of that time. This book brought to life the hardscrabble existence of families back then, but with moments of joy mixed in. (Thanks for the recommendation, Susie!)
Can't get into it at all; giving up at 19%.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a fan of historical fiction, and honestly don't care too much if there's slips of modern idioms here and there. But, I really struggled through this book. Yes it was well researched, and I somewhat enjoyed the conclusion... but the actual conflict that the book centers on doesn't appear until the 50% mark. Yeah, you have to struggle through 200+ pages of daily farm life narrative and a "woe is me" bad attitude from the main character. All of that could have easily been condens ...more
Maddie B🐱📚🐰
I really enjoyed this! I've never read a revolutionary war book, but I really enjoyed this. The plot and characters and setting were amazing. I felt as if I was really there.
I loved seeing the Revolutionary War through the eyes of those whom are so often left out of the history books. Wonderful historical fiction.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I really enjoyed this historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War. It's the story of a young midwife who becomes friends with Abigail Adams. My complaints: There was too much foreshadowing which gave away where the story was heading ("this would not be the last time I..."). And after so much detail in inconsequential chapters, I thought that the plot heavy chapters were sometimes confusing and vague. But it was a fun read, set in a fascinating time. I'd read the next b ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As a lover of both history and historical fiction, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read and review Jodi Daynard's The Midwife's Revolt. While a fictional tale, Ms. Daynard's blending of fictional and real characters, along with fictional and real events, gives us a unique perspective into the lives of women during the American Revolution. While much has been written a
Karleene Morrow
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it


Lizzie Boyleston and her new husband Jeb settle onto their little farm looking forward to their new life. But the Americans have taken a stand for independence and war has started, an eight-year event that would be remembered as the American Revolutionary War.
Young Jeb goes confidently off to the battle while Lizzie, crushed but determined to be strong, prays that she is with child. Later when she begins to bleed she knows that Jeb has no heir.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Let me give you some background first on the mind I was in reading this sensational book. I was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts, I have been to each and every place described in this book. I took a lot of politics classes in college and was a huge fan of John Adams. In fact the book by David McCullough sits by my desk regularly. Dog eared and bookmarked. I also started reading this on April 15th. Yah, that April 15th. Patriot's Day here in the Commonwealth. Marathon Monday. When once
I was drawn to this book heavily due to a recent discovery of an ancestor who was a locally well-known midwife and doctor of the Revolution in back-country North Carolina. My expectations were met for the most part by this wonderfully written historical fiction work.

A vivid portrayal of the American Revolution from a unique POV, the author’s research shines through in its extent and wealth of details. The novel portrays the Revolution from the point of view of a local midwife and wannabe spy, gi
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Jodi Daynard is the author of the bestselling novels The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. She has also published The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers. Her essays and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Agni, The New England Review, The New York Times Book Review, Fiction, and the Paris Review. Ms. Daynard has taught writin ...more
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