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Charity's Burden

(Quaker Midwife Mystery #4)

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother's death in turn-of-the-century Massachusetts.

The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn't stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers. When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms tha
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Paperback, 271 pages
Published April 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
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Maureen Timerman
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Be ready to go back to 1889 and Amesbury Massachusetts, and with our Quaker/Detective/Midwife Rose Carroll, now this is the fourth in this series and I have read them all, but there is enough information give that you can read this one alone.
When are all the facts are reveled here it all goes back to greed, only so many are hurt by this person’s acts. Surprises happens and I felt I knew who the culprit was, but I kept changing my mind.
Poor Rose, bodies seem to follow her and she is innocent and
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Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
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Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother's death
The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn't stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers. When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms that don't match the diagnosis. She learns that Charity's husband may be up to no good with a young woman whose mother appears to offer illegal abortions. A
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Clare O'Beara
As much as the central themes of a midwife, a woman bleeding to death and the wish of desperately poor women to control the spacing of babies, with a look at what was legal and illegal at the time, I noticed and admired the weather. Yes, the weather; a bitterly cold Massachusetts is depicted during the 1800s when work was often done by hand, water was often cold, and so were houses. The wintry conditions interplay with the action, slowing down or preventing travel.

I had not read earlier books i
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Cinthi
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife in the late 1800s in Massachusetts. When one of her patients bleeds to death, Rose suspects it was more than a miscarriage. But was it an illegal abortion, or was the young mother murdered? Rose suspects the latter and finds that there are quite a few suspects and motives too.

While Rose tries to stick to her calling, she can’t help but find out more details without even trying at times. But when her buggy is hit one evening, Rose realizes she may be getting too c
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Christine
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frightening parallels to today’s fight for women’s reproductive rights. Midwife Rose Carroll tries to help women plan their children and space them out a little. It is not always easy and Rose is called to help deliver those babies. When one of her clients dies from what looks to be murder through a botched mechanical abortion, Rose tries to find the killer. Another engaging book In the Quaker Midwife series
Betty
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The never-ending debate of abortion is handle very well in the fourth volume of the Quaker Midwife mysteries. Abortion is illegal in the state of Massachusetts even talking or sharing information is a crime in1889.
It looks like someone is doing abortions and Rose Carroll is detriment to find the guilty party and put a stopped to killing of full-term babies. Life goes on for her family. David's Mother no longer is against the marriage but has plans for a number of wedding parties. Faith is marrie
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Mary Garrett
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charity's Burden

Edith Maxwell's CHARITY'S BURDEN was so satisfying that I held the book and contemplated it for a few minutes when I finished. I had read all afternoon and evening until sleepiness overtook me, and a description of Rose's weariness confirmed that we both needed rest, so I "slept on it" and read to stunning resolution at dawn. The death of a patient from excessive bleeding marked the beginning of a very twisted mystery, leading to discussions of “family spacing,” “regulating” wom
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Lesa
Edith Maxwell skillfully uses her Quaker Midwife series to tell about history while discussing controversial topics. Quaker Rose Carroll is in the perfect position to ask questions of women in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1869, when the women might not answer questions from the police. Charity's Burden discusses women's issues that have come back to haunt us in the twenty-first century.

Rose Carroll is a skilled midwife, but when a patient, Charity Skells, needs help, she appears to be bleeding out
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction with a mystery. Rose, a Quaker midwife, has stumbled on a bigger problem in her town and environs when she attends Charity Skills, who dies from a miscarriage. Working with Keith Donovan, a very open minded detective, she uncovers a real issue. My fondness for this series is based in part on the fascinating relationships between Rose and others, notably her fiancé David, wo is not a Quaker. It's well written and educational about a culture and a time period. Thanks to Ne ...more
Grace Koshida
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's February 1889 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Quaker midwife Rose Carroll gets a call from Charity Skells but she is not able to save the mother of 5 from bleeding out and dying from an apparent early miscarriage. Rose is suspicious about Charity's death and requests an autopsy which reveals the woman's uterus had been perforated a number of times. Did Charity get an illegal abortion? There are several possible suspects in Charity's murder. Charity's husband Ransom may have been having relation ...more
Debra
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating historical mystery series featuring a Quaker midwife, her family, and her patients.

A trigger warning, abortion and birth control become an integral part of the story in this one.
Annarella
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this series and I liked this installment.
It was an entertaining and engaging read.
It was great to meet again the cast of characters and read about the evolution in their life.
The mystery was great and it kept me guessing till the end.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for this ARC
Judy Tucker
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story about the death of a young mother, a patient of a midwife. The midwife can't seem to help herself from trying to solve the case. Lots of twists that keeps you jumping frim one character to another.
Jeanie
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Charity’s Burden is 4th in the Quaker Midwife Mystery series, filled with intense suspense, intrigue, and family joy. Historical events are well-researched. The characters are very mature for their ages and sufficiently defined. The mystery is stimulating. At the same time, the mystery results in thought-provoking conversations about something that is still a hot-button subject today.

It is the winter of 1889 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife in her late 20’s. She is a
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Kay Garrett
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-read
CHARITY’S BURDEN by Edith Maxwell is the fourth book in the Quaker Midwife Mystery series. It’s the wonderfully written story of Quaker midwife Rose Carroll as she tries to solve the murder case of one of her patients, Charity Skells. It all takes place during the harsh winter months of 1889 in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

While making her rounds, Rose finds Charity in great pain and bleeding much more profusely than from a standard miscarriage and insists on taking her to the hospital. After she suc
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
I have had the pleasure of reading all the books in Edith Maxwell's Quaker Midwife Mystery series and I am in love with Rose Carroll !! The books are written and set in the late 1800's and it is amazing to read and imagine how things were in those times. Yes things were very, very different....and then some things are still quite the same.

To a reader the 1800's may look to be an easier time .... with there being no modern technology to consume people, transportation was extremely different, fami
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Susan
Edith Maxwell writes wonderful historical mysteries full of great detail. I have now read all four in this series and not one disappointed me. Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife, taking care of women in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1889. Sad to say, the family planning issues faced by Rose and her patients are still being dealt with in 2019. Because of the attitudes concerning abortion, women continue to suffer and die. When one of Rose's patients, a mother of five already, dies from what appears to ...more
Kathleen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
“Charity’s Burden” earns 5/5 Midwife Visits…Engaging and Compelling!

Rose has been called on an emergency to the home of fellow Quaker Charity Skells. Rose quickly gets Charity into her buggy and races to the hospital; in her delirium she makes some curious comments. “She warned me not to go.” Sadly the blood loss was too severe and Charity passes. Rose’s niggling feeling would go away, and rightfully so, the autopsy proves her suspicions…an illegal and poorly performed termination. But, Charity’
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Katreader
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CHARITY'S BURDEN by Edith Maxwell
The Fourth Quaker Midwife Mystery

When Rose Carroll gets a call from a desperate woman she rushes to help. However, Charity is bleeding too profusely and dies. There seems to be too much blood for an early miscarriage, could her death be the result of a mechanical abortion? If so, was it just incompetence that killed Charity, or was it murder?

Rose Carroll is intelligent, caring, and feisty, especially for a Quaker. Yet it is her faith that guides and helps her as
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Anne
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charity's Burden by Edith Maxwell is the fourth in the Quaker Midwife series. Rose Carroll is a midwife who resides with her dead sister's family in order to assist. She sleeps and runs her practice out of the parlor. He fiancé, David, is a busy doctor whom she will marry as soon as his mother consents. The impending wedding has been an issue because David is not a Friend from her local meeting but that has been dealt with, if only his mother... Currently Rose is escorting a client to the hospit ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Edith Maxwell doesn't flinch from showing us the harshness of life, but she does it in such a way that you HAVE to keep reading!

Rose Carroll expects the winter travel to be a little easier for herself and her betrothed has gifted her with a horse and buggy, when she is called out to one of the pregnant patients she expects to go to the woman's home, instead she is directed to the local hospital where Charity Skells is dying from blood loss, Rose is at a loss, granted the young woman was a little
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Edith Maxwell is the author who introduced me to the Quaker religion and way of life; this series is an absolute treat to read!

Life continues to be busy for Rose Carroll; she is a very competent midwife providing an excellent service to expectant mothers and their babies. New babies always expected and, unfortunately, where there's new life there tends to be death. With the latest victim a young mother well-known to Rose, she approaches her friend and local police detective, Kevin Donovan with h
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Ginger
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midwife Rose Carroll returns in Charity’s Burden, another installment in Edith Maxwell’s Quaker Midwife series. Set in Amesbury, Massachusetts, during the harsh winter of 1889, the book brings back smart and empathetic midwife Rose, the family of her late sister with whom she lives, her doctor fiancé, a sympathetic police officer, and some of the interesting townspeople we have met in previous books. It also introduces the family of Charity Skells and a collection of mysterious and possibly murd ...more
Deborah Almada
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a good read. This is an excellent, educational, engrossing read. I love well written historical mystery, and this one is a perfect example. I always learn so much in these books, with Rose as a main character, we learn about life as a Quaker, the art of midwifery and maybe most importantly the life of women in 1890's New England. The lives of these women were not easy and family planning was something against the law to even talk about!! With this as a backdrop this mystery revolves around ...more
CR
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: It seems this is cozy mystery week. Here is another one this one book four! Although I have not read the first three books I think this one did a great job. I was never lost or anything and this one is pretty much fully contained so that you don't have to read the first three books. This cozy mystery was a little more out there than some of them that I've read. It talks about abortion and sexual practices in this time period. I think that if you are interested in those kinds of things ...more
Debra Goldstein
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the Quaker Midwife Mystery series. Addresses a social issue that was as current in the 1800's as it is now. Well-written - detailed descriptions of the time and scene make the reader feel a part of the story.

Fair disclosure - I won a copy of the book, but my review is not influenced by that fact.
LSF
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to this series. Here Maxwell and detective midwife Rose tackle the fraught subject of contraception and abortion, with clear parallels to present-day concerns. As in the previous books, the historical background is well researched, and the characters compelling. Murder and mayhem is balanced by welcome developments for several of the characters we have come to know.
Jason
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A difficult topic handled with care and intelligence, fronts this great addition to the Quaker Midwife Series. Rose delves into action to find out who killed one of her patients, while a wedding is in the works. Artfully rendered characters and settings, make this a great read.
Kelly
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the series, but was disappointed in the moral values the heroine exhibited in this book. It seemed out of character.
Veronica K Albin
Very good.

wing new to the Society of Friends, I appreciate the exp!nations of some of the customs. I have let the people that run the library and they are ordering book 2
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Edith Maxwell is an Agatha- and Macavity-nominated mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries. Maxwell also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888.

As Maddie Day, she writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana, and the Cozy
Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen juried antholo
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