Tuesday 5 April 2016

Delivering the Truth (Quaker Midwife Mystery #1) by Edith Maxwell

Delivering the Truth (Quaker Midwife Mystery, #1)

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed car­riage indus­try is threat­ened by the work of an arson­ist, and a car­riage fac­tory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose's own knitting needle, she is drawn into solv­ing the mys­tery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mis­tress is also mur­dered, leav­ing her one-week-old baby with­out a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While strug­gling with being less than the per­fect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and prob­lem solver to bring two mur­der­ers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it. ( Summary via Goodreads)


Here is a book that will truly take thee back in time.  Edith Maxwell doesn't just write a book, she researches before she writes it.  While reading Delivering the Truth thee will feel like thee is living in Amesbury Massachusetts in the 1800's.  Thee may even learn a thing or two.

I instantly fell in love with Rose the midwife.  Her calling as a midwife takes her all over the town, she knows everyone and helps whoever needs it.  As simple as her live is as a Quaker, it is eveything but boring.  

When one of the carriage factories is burned down with some towns people still inside and the factory owner's son is stabbed to death, Rose cannot help but ask questions to try to find out if both are related. And when policeman Kevin Donovan asks her to keep her eyes and ears opened, she takes it a bit further. As she continues to care for her clients, she gets deeper and deeper into the investigation getting herself into danger.

It may take thee a little time to get use to the Quaker way of speaking.  But once you get use to it, thee may not be able to stop. 

Whether it's Edith Maxwell, Trace Baker, or Maddie Day writing the book, thee can be guaranteed thee will get swept away into another time and place and meet lots of great characters.

I don't know if I can wait until the next book in the Quaker Midwife series.  I may have to try to invent a time machine ... but will I travel to the future and read the 2nd book or go back in time and take a ride in a carriage or ride a safety bicycle.

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