Roberta Rich

 

Historical/Thriller



 

 

“Rich describes the opulence of royal life in Constantinople set against conspiracy and betrayal... the more heavenly the surroundings, the more treacherous the characters.”
Toronto Star
 
“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.”
Vancouver Sun
 
“Love, roses, Turkish delight, blood, babies and a plucky heroine who triumphs. A great read!”
National Post
Doubleday Canada 
2013
Gallery/Simon&Schuster 
United States  2014
Ebury/Random House UK
 2014
Tericum Kiado Hungary 2014
Boekencentrum Netherlands 2014
Juritzen Forlag Norway 2015
Oceanida Greece 2015 
Hermes Bulgaria 2015 
 

Roberta Rich

The Harem Midwife

 

Hannah and Isaac return in this opulent, riveting, and suspenseful tale--a sequel to the #1 national bestseller The Midwife of Venice.
 
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; the beguiling harem ladies; and a very mysterious young beauty from Rome 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 the most beloved historical fiction authors.
 
Roberta Rich has once again brought history to life to delight all reader. She divides her time between Vancouver and Mexico. Learn more at: www.robertarich.com