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Our Own Country

(Midwife #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,947 ratings  ·  282 reviews
A love affair tests a new nation’s revolutionary ideals.

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant’s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life—until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle’s sl
Paperback, 421 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jodi Daynard I'd call it a companion novel, since it takes place at roughly the same time but from Eliza Boylston's point of view. It actually goes back a little e…moreI'd call it a companion novel, since it takes place at roughly the same time but from Eliza Boylston's point of view. It actually goes back a little earlier, when she was a child...but won't divulge when it ends!(less)
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Bonnie Shores
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Midwife series takes place at the same as the first book; however, it is told from the POV of Eliza, Lizzie's sister-in-law.


Although it was still really good, I didn't like it quite as well as The Midwife's Revolt because it didn't have the same political intrigue or historical significance. This story was centered exclusively around Eliza and her extremely small family. She led a fairly cloistered life and her closest "friend" was Cassie, the negro cook. It begins with E
Karen Kay
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is the 1700's, the Revolutionary War and the beginning of 'The States United'. America and its patriots struggled greatly to establish our country. Eliza and her story are fiction meshed with John Adams involvement, I can't help but imagine those people really did exist.

The time line of this book intertwines with Daynard's first book The Midwife's Revolt but from another persons perspective. At times I felt reading this book was 'deja vu'. I would be reading along ... then suddenly .
Julie  Webb
I was disappointed with this book. I had high hopes as I had just finished The Midwife's Revolt, which was well researched and written. This however felt that it was written in hast. A quick add on to the the success of the first book. I was excited to see that the author said she was writing a book about little Johny and his mother Eliza. I expected that this book would be a small review of information from the first book and a continuation into the future. It is not. This book is almost entire ...more
wendy knowles
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best historical fiction books I have read!

I love reading historical fiction from the revolution war time period and civil war time period. This was a delight to read and I was unable to put it down. The story of Eliza was so intriguing and it was fun to read her point of view after reading the first book in the series. It just makes you wonder what would of really happened to Eliza and John if this had been true. I love that Eliza and John stayed true to their hearts despite the cruel
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Our Own Country by Jodi Daynard is a very unique sequel to The Midwife’s Revolt. In the Midwife’s Revolt, we meet Lizzie Boylston, recently widowed, she finds herself having to survive alone during the turbulent years of the American Revolution. Lizzie’s husband had a sister, Eliza, rich and oblivious to the powerful forces that swirled around her. At first one might not like Eliza for her stuffiness. She is introduced to us in this first book as a supporting character to the main story and once ...more
Rebecca Bacino
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
I don't typically read historical fiction and this book made me wonder why I don't. I enjoyed it immensely, and in doing a bit of my own research, it was very clear that the author went to great lengths to get it right. The main plot, as it was explained to me, was a love story between a white woman and a biracial slave, but it was so much more. There were several subplots that were so equally interesting and historical you end up forgetting about the main plot until the book pivots back. My onl ...more
May 03, 2016 marked it as to-read

I love this era in historical fiction but it felt like the author tried so hard to make the dialog true to the time that it felt awkward and forced. It became so annoying that I had to DNF the book even though the storyline was really good.

Give it a chance (preview it if possible) and if you don't mind the dialog, then I'd recommend reading it. For me, that was enough to make me quit.
Mackenzie Martin
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoy this author, and this series. I hope to read more from her soon.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction with the Revolutionary War and John and Abigail Adams. Great read.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read - slow and forced

Easy and quick read

The first sections seemed to drag abut the last sections seemed to skip over important details. Overall, things worked out perfectly and quickly - not very realistic. I did enjoy the history.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank-you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced reading copy of this novel.

This novel tells the story of the fictional Boylston family from Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the Revolutionary War. It is predominantly a coming-of-age story for the female protagonist Eliza Boylston and her story touches upon the theme of freedom and how fickle it’s meaning can be.

Whilst Eliza’s brother, Jeb, fights for the rebel cause and speaks of freedom for his countrymen Eliza looks closer to h
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very enthusiastic about the first book in this series, A Midwive's Revolt. I eagerly looked forward to this companion novel and sequel, focusing on the secondary character, Eliza Boylston. My expectations were greatly disappointed.
This novel was mostly a retelling of the first novel from the perspective of another character. With good editing, the essential pieces of the overlapping plot could have been succinctly retold and the story of Eliza opened up with new depth and experiences to c
Robbi Leah  Freeman
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I read the first book, The Midwife Revolt, a while ago and gave it a 4 star review. I got this one and just didn't remember enough of other, so some of the book was confusing. The rating would probably be higher if I had read the two books together.
First some of what I liked about book: the characters, the history, the way author makes Abigail Adams, her husband and all the others into down to earth real people, Lizzie's independence, Eliza breaking the mold and slowly changing sides, the issue
Lucie HAND
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is book #2 in a trilogy. Now, I think I should have given the first book the 5 stars. The characters are very interesting...the main character in book 2, was one of the characters in book 1. This book goes into her life and how she ended up in the circumstances in which she found herself in the first book. Fascinating. Some historical events from the Revolutionary War and even some real life people from then. Well written, she writes the way people may have spoken ...more
Terri Peer
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Midwife series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone book it is better to read the first book (The Midwifes Revolt) and then this one. The story takes place during the 1700s and is told from the point of view of Eliza. It was nice to read this book as Eliza wasn’t very kind to others in the first one. A Country of Our Own gave her back story and provided the reasons for her actions. The book kept me interested and I cared about the characters and what happened ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book in The Midwife series. I have to say I think I liked it a bit more than the first. The Midwife's Revolt took me quite a bit to get into, but this one got my attention from the beginning. Eliza was not very nice in the first book, but then softened once she went to Braintree. In this book I liked learning about Eliza's life growing up, her family trials, her relationship with her parents, the people who worked in their homes, and John Watkins. I did find the third part of ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. If you liked The Midwife’s Revolt you need to read this one to better understand Eliza. The only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5 is because it felt slightly repetitive in spots if you’ve read the first book. I wanted more story with just her and her life after Braintree. Overall though the book was excellent. Starting the third in the series now
jeane sinnenberg
Our Own Country: A Novel (The Midwife Series Book 2)By Jodi Daynard

I enjoyed reading Jodi Daynard's second book in the series . I'm looking forward to reading her next book. She made her characters come alive!
Historical fiction is fascinating and thIs books portrayal of that time period
did not disappoint me.

Cindy Woods
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Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eliza has had nothing but privilege. Brought up in wealth, slaves to tend to her every need to a point as a child she simply would lift her arms and wait to be changed. Nothing could go wrong in her mind.

Until it does.

Tragedy strikes and from there on, Eliza’s stable world crashes around her. The rules of life have changed. She sees the slaves as equal and one she seeks out to love.

There’s a lot of stories going on within the one novel. I didn’t know until getting ready to review this book that
Susan Arena
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved The Midwives Revolt and being a fan of historical fiction I was looking forward to this book. It did not disappoint me. The writing is engaging and the story interesting and includes some of the characters from the previous book. The early history of our country is composed of a fascinating bunch of characters and stories and Jodi Daynard does a wonderful job of bringing them to life. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that it looked at the same time period as h ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you loved The Midwife's Revolt, you will definitely love this second book in the series! I loved how the author, about mid-way through the book, seemed to softly merge back into The Midwife's Revolt, except this time, from Eliza's perspective. It was so good to go back and visit those characters again. And, as I've said before, this author writes in the style of Jane Austen. I hope there are more books from her in the future!
Barbara Helen Plumb
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a clever way to write a sequel! Write the story-line sequentially with the first novel. This was a unique approach for me and one i enjoyed immensely. All loose ends were neatly tied off and a very satisfying ending was achieved.
I can't wait for another novel by this author, hopefully set in a similar historical period, in fact I'd love to hear more about Lizzie, Eliza and Martha.
Recommended for anyone with an interest in the American Revolutionary period.
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series. The story takes place in the 17 hundreds during the revolutionary war. Both the first and second book take place during the same time period but from a different characters perspective. I enjoyed both books and look forward to the third book due to come out in 2017.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, audible
This book was good and I was glad to get Eliza's side of the story but because I knew a lot of what was going to happen there wasn't as much surprise/build up/anticipation. I still plan to read the 3rd book though, I love the time period, setting, story line and characters!
Sharon Meier
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable reading

I had read the Midwife's Revolt and enjoyed it immensely. This was a great read as it told the other side of the story. Am looking forward to the third book to continue to follow the lives of Lizzie and Eliza!
vivian bryant
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History , romance, intrigue l loved this book. The third one due out in 2017.

This book is worth getting involved in. I love history and sometimes I check with history books to check the facts. I like the characters in her books. This is the second one I have read.
Vaun Healey
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revolutionary Times

Wonderful characters with a great story to live and tell about. It is fast moving with all human emotions layed bare. From beginning to end , It is hard to put down .
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of Midwife's Revolt - another great historical fiction account of the Revolutionary War - this time from Eliza's perspective. Loved it.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I loved this telling of Eliza's story. This was a fitting companion book to The Midwife's Revolt.
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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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