The Harem Midwife by Roberta RichThe Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich

The Harem Midwife

byRoberta Rich

Paperback | October 29, 2013

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The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1579
Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have set up a new life for themselves in Constantinople. Isaac runs a newly established business in the growing silk trade, while Hannah, the best midwife in all of Constantinople, plies her trade within the opulent palace of Sultan Murat III, tending to the thousand women of his lively and infamous harem. But one night, when Hannah is unexpectedly summoned to the palace, she's confronted with Leah, a poor Jewish peasant girl who has been abducted and sold into the sultan's harem. The sultan favours her as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but the girl just wants to return to her home and the only life she has ever known. What will Hannah do? Will she risk her life and livelihood to protect this young girl, or will she retain her high esteem in the eye of the sultan?
     An adventurous, opulent and deliciously exciting read, peopled with fascinating, unforgettable characters (a court eunuch; the calculating sultan's mother-in-law; the beguiling harem ladies; and a very mysterious young beauty from Venice who shows up on Hannah's doorstep, causing much havoc), this novel is sure to please fans of The Midwife of Venice and extend Roberta's reputation as one of Canada's most loved historical fiction authors.

ROBERTA RICH divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. She is a former family law lawyer. Her first novel, the bestselling The Midwife of Venice, has been published to acclaim in thirteen territories, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Visit Roberta at
Title:The Harem MidwifeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.24 × 5.73 × 0.83 inShipping dimensions:8.24 × 5.73 × 0.83 inPublished:October 29, 2013Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385676662

ISBN - 13:9780385676663


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harem Midwife A tale of intrigue with many twists and turns. As enjoyable as the first book. Has me hoping that the author will write another sequel.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of the Same Having read The Midwife of Venice, I knew a bit about the kind of writer that Roberta Rich is. I had hoped, however, that her second book would improve in terms of character development but I found the characters to be just as one-dimensional as in her first book. It's not a bad book - just not great.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel I  enjoyed this book as much as the first , The Midwife of Venice. Just enough intrigue and colorful descriptions. You can escape for a few hours into another world . A quick and enjoyable read for me
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Harem Midwife Great read. Flows quickly and is very entertaining.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Harem Midwife Great read. Flows quickly and is very entertaining.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Harem Midwife I didn't know that the "Midwife of Venice" had a second book in line. SO when I saw it, I knew I had to read it immediately. It's just as good as the 1st book. Although a similar story line, Roberta was able to keep you intrigued and make you want to read more.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment I loved the "Midwife of Venice" and thought it well written. I was really looking forward to reading this book but found it very disappointing. I don't think it is the caliber of the previous book and found it ended too quickly. I also found the story quite unbelievable. Often when a book is a huge success the Editors and Publishers will push the author for another book. And often the quality is not there.
Date published: 2013-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! ! Fantastic story line.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Richly written Roberta Rich's debut novel, The Midwife of Venice, was 'richly' received by reading audiences everywhere. I really enjoyed it (my review) and remember writing at the end of my review..." it ended too soon! But it looks like a sequel is in the works - I'll be picking it up for sure." Well, that sequel - The Harem Midwife - is here. It's just as good as the first book and provided a lovely Sunday afternoon's read for me. 1578. Hannah and her husband Isaac have fled Venice and made a life for themselves in Constantinople. Hannah is a talented midwife and her skills have been noticed by the palace of Sultan Murat III. She is called to ascertain the purity of a new girl purchased for the harem. But Hannah feels pity for the young woman and lies. Will that lie be revealed and threaten everything Hannah and Isaac have together? Or will the threat come from a 'family' member with their own devious agenda? I like historical fiction, but don't usually go this far back. However, Roberta Rich has changed my mind. She slowly and lavishly paints her settings with the sounds and sights of time and place vividly described. I learned so much from the details woven into her tale - not just of the Ottoman Empire, but of midwifery and Jewish life and customs. Hannah is a great lead character - warm, caring and yes, fallible - and the reader becomes invested in her life. The love for her husband and depiction of their home life made her even more 'real.' I did question her lying to the palace and her friends' willingness to go along with her seemingly foolhardy plan, but this only added to the wonderful mix of history, suspense and romance Rich has again woven. Here's hoping there's a third book in the works!
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sequel to The Midwife of Venice is here! Those of you who enjoyed Roberta Rich's dazzling debut novel, The Midwife of Venice, will be thrilled to know there is a sequel. In The Harem Midwife (October 2013), Hannah and Isaac encounter further trials in the intriguing city of Constantinople, and Hannah even ventures deep inside the sultan's harem, now Istanbul's major tourist attraction, the Topkapi palace. Be prepared for fun adventures, new antagonists, and exciting twists of plot! In the U.S., The Harem Midwife will be published in a Kindle edition in November and in paperback in February 2014.
Date published: 2013-09-12

Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller"The details of 16th-century life in Constantinople are delightfully portrayed, the storyline is compelling. . . . The Harem Midwife is an entertaining read, sure to please those who enjoyed The Midwife of Venice and certain to find new fans as well." —The Vancouver Sun"Rich describes the opulence of royal life in Constantinople set against conspiracy and betrayal. There is perfidy amidst the lushness of rooms overflowing with silks and jeweled brocades and infused with the scent of orange blossoms. . . . In Rich's Constantinople, the more heavenly the surroundings, the more treacherous the characters, and Hannah must figure out whom to trust." —Toronto Star