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Birth. Death. Wonder … One woman’s journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver

London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered
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Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Rachael McDiarmid
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lauren Chater is definitely an author to watch. She is a natural storyteller and draws the reader comfortably into the narrative. We don’t come kicking or screaming, we weave into it and settle in for the journey. Gulliver’s Wife is predominantly about women - their struggles in life and love, and the general difficulties and constraints of being female in the 1700s. It reminds us that while men got to do whatever they wanted there are some fascinating stories of the important roles women played ...more
Wendy Dunn
“… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden. It was night time, the moon a glowing orb. The air hummed with bees as it was daytime and the ants were busy at work. She heard them chewing, rhythmical chopping as they broke down old leaves and trees for earthworms. Strange flowers bloomed overhead, exploding white petals and yellow pollen. Everything felt new and sacred, a different world to one that came before – Chater, Gulliver’s Wife.


Chater effortlessly takes the reader into a
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Red Ink Book Reviews
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this book to provide and honest review.

This is the first book written by Lauren Chater that I have read, and I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was quite delighted with this gorgeous story and very much in love with the beautiful cover.

It is 1702 in London, Gulliver’s Wife, Mary, is a midwife and a herbalist struggling to make ends meet but doing what she can to provide for her children, Bess and Johnny. With her husband Lemuel lost at sea and presumed
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Backstory Journal
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden. It was night time, the moon a glowing orb. The air hummed with bees as it was daytime and the ants were busy at work. She heard them chewing, rhythmical chopping as they broke down old leaves and trees for earthworms. Strange flowers bloomed overhead, exploding white petals and yellow pollen. Everything felt new and sacred, a different world to one that came before – Chater, Gulliver’s Wife.


Chater effortlessly takes the reader into a
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Wendy Dunn
“… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden. It was night time, the moon a glowing orb. The air hummed with bees as it was daytime and the ants were busy at work. She heard them chewing, rhythmical chopping as they broke down old leaves and trees for earthworms. Strange flowers bloomed overhead, exploding white petals and yellow pollen. Everything felt new and sacred, a different world to one that came before – Chater, Gulliver’s Wife.


Chater effortlessly takes the reader into a
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Rachael McDiarmid
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lauren Chater is definitely an author to watch. She is a natural storyteller and draws the reader comfortably into the narrative. We don’t come kicking or screaming, we weave into it and settle in for the journey. Gulliver’s Wife is predominantly about women - their struggles in life and love, and the general difficulties and constraints of being female in the 1700s. It reminds us that while men got to do whatever they wanted there are some fascinating stories of the important roles women played ...more
Red Ink Book Reviews
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this book to provide and honest review.

This is the first book written by Lauren Chater that I have read, and I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was quite delighted with this gorgeous story and very much in love with the beautiful cover.

It is 1702 in London, Gulliver’s Wife, Mary, is a midwife and a herbalist struggling to make ends meet but doing what she can to provide for her children, Bess and Johnny. With her husband Lemuel lost at sea and presumed
...more
Backstory Journal
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden. It was night time, the moon a glowing orb. The air hummed with bees as it was daytime and the ants were busy at work. She heard them chewing, rhythmical chopping as they broke down old leaves and trees for earthworms. Strange flowers bloomed overhead, exploding white petals and yellow pollen. Everything felt new and sacred, a different world to one that came before – Chater, Gulliver’s Wife.


Chater effortlessly takes the reader into a
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