The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas & Giveaway (US/Canada)

January 8th, 2013

Although it is early in the new year The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas will make my list of favorite historical novels of the year. This novel has it all; a great historical setting, a mystery, and characters that you care about. Even better it deals with the practice of midwifery which is something that has always fascinated me. This is a very well written novel that is sure to capture your interest and not let go just as it did mine!

Bridget is a widow twice over and a wealthy and important woman in society, not only because of her exceptional skills as a midwife but also because of her connections as her late husband’s brother is prominent within society and has stayed close to Bridget after the death of her husband. It is unusual for a woman to be as independent as Bridget is in the 1600’s but Bridget really is no ordinary woman. She’s strong, smart, and opinionated. Even more she is respected as such.

When her friend Esther is accused of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive Bridget knows in her heart she is innocent and determines to find out who the real killer is. It turns out her new servant Martha is skilled in more ways than just that of a cleaning woman and she assists Bridget. The more embroiled they become in the mystery of who the killer is the more trouble they seem to find and in no time at all even their lives are at risk.

While I love historical novels I find that I don’t always make connections with the characters but that is not so with this book. I was drawn into Bridget’s life from the very first pages and I respected her knowledge and the fact that she was such a strong and independent woman for the times. Her servant Martha and nephew Will were another two characters that I really liked.

I’ve read a few books that dealt in the practice of midwives but nothing like Sam’s book. He gave a very good overview of what is involved and also of how births took place back in the 1600’s. It was fascinating! I had no idea that midwives held such power if they were considered very skilled at what they did not to mention that they were privy to quite a few family secrets as well. So aside from a good mystery in this novel I also got to learn something about a subject I’m interested in so that is always a huge plus for me in a book.

While the story woven within the pages of this novel is fictional the character of Bridget is actually based on a real woman which you learn in Sam’s author’s note. That made the novel even better for me. If you’re a lover of historical fiction this is a must read and even if you’re not this novel fits in with a mystery lover as well. The Midwife’s Tale is a must read this year!

The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas is on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours so be sure to check out the other tour stops for more reviews and giveaways of this fantastic novel.  You can find Sam on his website as well as Facebook and Twitter.  Your own copy of The Midwife’s Tale can be purchased at Amazon and Amazon Canada.



I have one copy of The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries follow my blog.  If you already do let me know and I’ll pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, January 26/13.  Good luck!

Source: Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

52 Comments to “The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas & Giveaway (US/Canada)”

  1. Wow! To say this will be one of your favorites of the year this early in the year says A LOT to me!!

  2. You make this sound so net resting! Definitely going on my ‘to read’ list!

    I follow by GFC!

  3. Linda B says:

    Enjoyed your post. This book sounds great. I’ve read other HF about a midwife and was fascinated. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC follower

  4. Margaret says:

    Would love to win this book, thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower too.

  5. Maryann says:

    Sounds like a read book to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Anne says:

    Your wonderful review captivated me.Thanks for this giveaway. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  7. ellie says:

    This historical sounds exceptional. Many thanks. I subscribe via e-mail.

  8. I’m in the process of reading it [ARC], just 75 pages left, and I enjoy it a lot, so it would be awesome to win a copy for a friend who loves HF. thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow you, and here is my tweet:
    Emma @ Words And Peace
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  9. Sandra K321 says:

    I love historical fiction. Please enter me.

  10. Sandra K321 says:

    I already follow your blog with GFC as Sandra K321.

  11. zibilee says:

    I am reviewing this one Thursday, and I loved it! It was such a grand blend of history and mystery, and I totally didn’t see the end coming, which is one of the things that I loved. Great review today, Dar!! Come check out mine in a couple of days!

  12. Connie Fischer says:

    Hi, Darlene! I’ve been hearing some really great things about this book and as I also find it a very interesting subject, I would love to be able to read it! Crossing my fingers to be selected as a winner!

    Connie Fischer

    I am a blog follower and will tweet it.

  13. Suko says:

    I’d love to read this book! You make it sound very wonderful. I’m sure I’d learn a lot from this book. I’ll post this great giveaway in my blog’s sidebar. Thanks for hosting, Darlene!


  14. nan says:

    Gotta read this one. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m a follower.
    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  15. Meenoo says:

    I really want to read this book–I am a big fan of historical mysteries. Emails is minoubazaar AT gmail dot com.

  16. rhonda says:

    Would love to read this book email follower will tweet at rhondareads

  17. Margie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like that this book has a good historical setting and a mystery.

  18. Kendal says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    I’m an old follower on NB and I also tweeted about the giveaway.


  19. Colleen Turner says:

    Oh my, this sounds really good! I LOVE historical fiction and have really been enjoying the historical mysteries that have come out over the past few years. This sounds like a great one!

  20. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).

  21. blodeuedd says:

    Sounds cool and I want to know more about the power of midwives

  22. Carl says:

    Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the review and for hosting this giveaway. Please enter my name in the draw for the chance to win this copy.

    I follow this blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I tweeted about the giveaway:

  23. anne says:

    Wow !
    Sounds like a great book.
    Please enter me for the giveaway !

  24. mamabunny13 says:

    This sounds like a fascinating read!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  25. mamabunny13 says:

    I follow via gfc mamabunny13
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  26. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    I love HF so much and this sounds amazing. Pretty awesome that you feel certain it will make the top reads list…so that tells me this is a powerful and moving story!!!

  27. Lara Frame Newell says:

    Very excited about this! And that you’ve already listed this as a favorite, very impressive!

    I’m a GFC follower (Lara Frame)

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

  28. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this story

  29. karenk says:

    i’m a follower 😉

  30. ANN*H says:

    This is a book that I really would like to read. Thanks for the chance to win. A great review too

  31. ANN*H says:

    I am a follower and email subscriber of yours

  32. Michelle James says:

    I tweeted your giveaway and I am already follow your blog. Thank you for posting such wonderful giveaways.

  33. Terry Martini says:

    I follow by email. Don’t know much about this time period and would like to learn more. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  34. Margaret(Literary Chanteuse) says:

    Always keen when it’s a historical book. My favorite genre!


  35. Margaret(Literary Chanteuse) says:




  36. Margaret(Literary Chanteuse) says:

    Blog follower


  37. Katie J. says:

    I really love historical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. Rachel W. says:

    I’m a follower– thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Melinda says:

    I love historical novels! Thanks for the great review.

    I follow your blog through email.

    I have tweeted jolenegirl11

  40. Meghan Stith says:

    Great giveaway! Love the cover… And I follow via email.

  41. LilMissMolly says:

    Sounds interesting! I’m a huge historical romance fan! Can’t wait to read it.
    lvsgund at
    GFC follower

  42. rhonda says:

    Please enter my name email follower follower at rhondareads will tweet.

  43. marybeth i says:

    this sounds like a great read. hoping I win! If not I will add it to my book list.

  44. Beth C says:

    I’d really love to read this! Thanks!

  45. Beth C says:

    I am a follower.

  46. Shirley McArdle says:

    This is the book that has finally given me the impetus to become a follower. Midwives took such risks – one can only have admiration for their efforts. Thank you.

  47. Kitty says:

    Added to my TBR and WL. My paternal great grandmother was a midwife.

    follow on twitter @maynekitty
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    newsletter subscriber

  48. Hanna says:

    You just can’t beat a free book. I know my MIL would like this one, so I will certainly share if I win.

  49. Hanna says:

    Also, I follow your blog via email.

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