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Midwife : Liza (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Valerie Levy
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The year is 1339. Liza’s midwifery skills are needed by the inhabitants of Hollingham. Knowing this keeps the lonely old woman going, together with the occasional ‘trip’ to her long dead husband and children. But she makes one mistake, and the villagers begin to suspect she is using occult spells to harm them. She tries desperately to regain their trust, but time is running short. Rosalind, rich, lonely and naïve, wants to experience true love and falls in love with a monk, by whom she conceives a child. Liza and the Lady Isabella, Rosalind’s mother, must pick up the pieces. None of the three women will ever be the same again.

LIZA is the first book in the MIDWIFE series, which tells the story of midwives, women and childbirth in England from medieval to modern times.

Author's note - This book was previously titled 'MIDWYF: LISA'. The cover still contains the old title because I like the medieval spelling, but the 'official' title brings the book into line with the series.
MIDWIFE: BEATRIX, set in Hollingham and London in the 1630s, is due to be published early 2013.


Valerie Levy holds a PhD in Midwifery Studies from the University of Sheffield. She has published in many professional, peer reviewed journals, and co-edited the ‘Midwifery Practice’ series of textbooks, which are still in use worldwide. Now retired, Valerie lives in France with her husband.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 533 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1451581211
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00422LGZA
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Par Moriarty
Format:Broché
Before you read this book, take the phone off the hook, make yourself a large cup of cocoa and snuggle up in your favourite chair as you will be drawn into this novel from the first few pages!

A wholly engrossing read - the characters draw you into their mediaeval lives and tell you their story. Liza - an elderly midwife who has some basic medical knowledge and knows the healing powers of herbs - is midwife to the local villagers who need her services. But she treads a fine, and often dangerous, line with her work. The ever-present threat of 'witch' is in the background from the all-powerful patriarchal Church.

The author speaks with the language of the day and her male and female characters live - from today's perspective - bleak lives filled with hardship and toil. But they rejoice at the things we do: birth, weddings, christenings, marriages and have a pragmatic acceptance of the things they cannot change, illness and death.

Liza is the central character and her tale is often harrowing but as the author writes her story, you are transported there. You, too, are in Liza's little hut as she works away stirring her herbs over the smoky fire. The author's descriptions are well-observed and capture a picture - at one point I could smell the woodsmoke of Liza's fire and see her cluttered hut through her eyes. Now that's a good author - who brings you into the scene as a silent observer.

I read this book eagerly the first time. When I was getting to the end I was slowing down as I didn't want this story to end. And I'm now reading it for a second time to savour this tale.

So make yourself comfortable - you will be drawn into this tale of mediaeval intrigue and then, like me, will be impatiently awaiting another book.

A cracking good read .... buy it, enjoy it, savour it, and bring old Liza to life in these pages !!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book review Midwyf by Valerie Levy. 11 novembre 2010
Par Maria C Collins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Valerie Levy holds a PhD in midwifery studies and has an impressive and lengthy resume. She has published work in many professional journals and co-edited `The Midwifery Practice' textbook series used worldwide. This is her first foray into fiction and what a foray, 'Midwyf' is a truly inspirational book. Ms Levy's interests in history are certainly reflected in this novel, she has researched meticulously the background for her narrative.
'Midwyf' is a novel about life. The plot centres on Liza, an old woman by the time we meet her in 1338. The prologue to the book tells us that, when she lost her husband and children in the smallpox epidemic of 1310, her mother taught her how to help women in childbirth and the ways of the wise woman. Helping the villagers of Hollingham helps Liza to cope with her enormous grief.
Liza assists the Lady Isabella and her daughter Rosalind to pass Rosalind's baby off as her mother's child. Rosalind is pregnant by a monk. Rosalind's story runs alongside Liza's story, for this secret that binds the three women inextricably together and they are never the same because of this bond.
The story is inspirational and gives one an insight into the Middle Ages, and life in a poor village and in the Manor house. It does what many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, fail to do, and tells us much about the lives and superstitions of the poor and women's lives at that time. All we know about wise women is that they were witches and ignorant and that it was a good job when science, in the form of men, took over the care of health and childbirth. Ms Levy dispels this view and her book is even-handed in this regard.
The characters are believable and warm people and draw the reader into their world and all its vagaries. I could see the huts, smell the fire, and felt Liza's aching back. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting.
This book is hard to place in any known category. It is historical fiction, but do not choose it, if you enjoy the usual, sickly sweet, offerings in the category. There is love in the novel, but it is not the sloppy boy meets girl kind. The book is, what I would call, historical fiction with muscles. It is well written, well researched and a rattling good read. It would appeal to those women, who despair of the usual standard of historical fiction. It is robust and the women within are strong rather than weak.
`Midwyf' is the first novel in a proposed series, and this reader hopes that Ms Levy does not keep her readers waiting too long for her next offering.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An absorbing and enjoyable read that takes you there ! 5 novembre 2010
Par Moriarty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Before you read this book, take the phone off the hook, make yourself a large cup of cocoa and snuggle up in your favourite chair as you will be drawn into this novel from the first few pages!

A wholly engrossing read - the characters draw you into their mediaeval lives and tell you their story. Liza - an elderly midwife who has some basic medical knowledge and knows the healing powers of herbs - is midwife to the local villagers who need her services. But she treads a fine, and often dangerous, line with her work. The ever-present threat of 'witch' is in the background from the all-powerful patriarchal Church.

The author speaks with the language of the day and her male and female characters live - from today's perspective - bleak lives filled with hardship and toil. But they rejoice at the things we do: birth, weddings, christenings, marriages and have a pragmatic acceptance of the things they cannot change, illness and death.

Liza is the central character and her tale is often harrowing but as the author writes her story, you are transported there. You, too, are in Liza's little hut as she works away stirring her herbs over the smoky fire. The author's descriptions are well-observed and capture a picture - at one point I could smell the woodsmoke of Liza's fire and see her cluttered hut through her eyes. Now that's a good author - who brings you into the scene as a silent observer.

I read this book eagerly the first time. When I was getting to the end I was slowing down as I didn't want this story to end. And I'm now reading it for a second time to savour this tale.

So make yourself comfortable - you will be drawn into this tale of mediaeval intrigue and then, like me, will be impatiently awaiting another book.

A cracking good read .... buy it, enjoy it, savour it, and bring old Liza to life in these pages !!
20 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good historical 9 janvier 2012
Par KAragon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I truly enjoyed this story of Liza, a midwife in the 14th century. I purchased the book simply because it looked to be a study of women and their lives in a time period that I was interested in.

I found the characters believable and well developed though I still wonder why Isabella was such a horrible mother/person. Was it the history of miscarriages or disappointment that her one surviving child was a girl or something from her childhood? I just never got it. Maybe there was no reason but I would have liked more information.

Why not 5 stars? For one, editing. I spent the first six chapters rewriting the book in my head as I was reading. I felt like almost every sentence could have been cut by a third and readers would still have gotten the point. I almost quit the book because I was so frustrated with it. I did notice a marked improvement in the 7th chapter. Did the author have two different editors or did she decide the readers got the idea and didn't need a 15 word sentence when a 10 sentence word would do or did I just get used to the style? I don't know. Whichever may have been the cause for the change, I appreciated it because I wouldn't have finished the book otherwise.

I read the kindle edition so formatting is important to me. I don't remember any typos in the book which was a refreshing change but the font kept changing throughout. Rather jarring for me. I'm just reading away and suddenly the font will almost double in size, then it goes back to the usual but then it changes again. I don't pretend to know what it takes to make a well formatted book but I know some people do it right so I don't understand when it is not well done. Chapter breaks are not formatted in this book either. I personally have come to appreciate chapter breaks. Some do it, some don't. I just wish all authors/publishers would do it.

In the end, I would recommend this book to all interested in this time period while at the same time mentioning the editing and formatting issues I had with the book.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping 16 octobre 2010
Par Janet Bettle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I read this book on a long train journey and it was so absorbing that I nearly missed my station! It follows the life of a 14th century midwife, Liza, and tells us much about life in England at this time. There is an interesting sub plot about the disguised pregnancy of a well to do unmarried daughter. The book is both entertaining and informative - the author certainly has a huge amount of specialist knowledge but writes in a lively way. Much recommended!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 believable and interesting 2 mai 2012
Par Brenda - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I downloaded this because a look at the author's page made it seem likely that the midwifery and history would be realistic. I didn't expect too much from the story, since midwives being accused of witchcraft and young girls being pregnant unintentionally are familiar story-lines. I read the beginning of this with only a passing interest, and set it aside for awhile.

By around 20% into this I really cared what happened to Liza. I never connected as strongly with young Rosalind, but am guessing other readers might. Her mother goes beyond simply not showing affection for her, and becomes abusive.

A couple other things I started liking around the same time: There was nothing that stated whether or not any magic was happening-- it's a time period when everybody "knew" girls couldn't get pregnant their first time, so just because a character says something doesn't mean it's true. Also, characters I'd dismissed as generic bad guys were actually realistic products of their time. I didn't like them, but even I could see that they were filling some necessary roles. I don't know as I could call any of them well-developed, but the implications were thought-provoking in one instance especially.

Bottom line: There was a point when I was reading this and my hand was clasped to my face in a "don't-interrupt-me-unless-there's-a-fire" pose. Since it's not an action-packed thriller, that means I was caring quite a bit about the character. That's really why I'm writing this review, giving 4 stars, and plotting how to remember the name Valerie Levy until her next Midwife book comes out.

Formatting: There were probably around 20 odd hyphens (disap-peared, embroid-ery). I think it would look more professional if there weren't smart quotes and regular quotes mixed together. Just to be clear, that last is not a complaint. It reflects the fact that I enjoyed the book enough to think it "deserves" to look its best. (Besides, if I'm actually mentioning smart quotes, you can bet I'd mention if I'd seen anything more serious.)
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