Monday, May 11, 2020

Review: Charity's Burden by: Edith Maxwell

Title: Charity's Burden
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #4
Format: e-book ARC (271 p.)
Source: NetGalley


Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother's death

The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn't stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers. When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms that don't match the diagnosis. She learns that Charity's husband may be up to no good with a young woman whose mother appears to offer illegal abortions. A disgraced physician in town does the same, and Charity's cousin seems to have a nefarious agenda. With several suspects emerging, each with their own possible motives, Rose and police detective Kevin Donovan race against time to solve the case before another innocent life is taken.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book in the Quaker Midwife mysteries it follows Rose Carroll whose is a local midwife during the 1800's in Amesbury Massachusetts.  In this book Rose gets a summon from a client (Charity Skells) of hers who needs her help quickly.  Upon arriving Rose figures out quickly that something is very wrong and rushes the girl to the hospital where she dies.  Rose is adamant something isn't right for Charity.  She inturns heads to the police station to talk to her detective friend Kevin Donovan for help finding out what happened only to be informed by the head to not visit the station unless to inform of local police matters and not snooping.

The more Rose digs into the death of Charity the more she learns about abortions done back then and legalness of them, which they aren't legal at all.  Could Charity's husband hired someone to kill her?  Or was it one of the herbal doctors using unsafe methods for abortion? 

While this is going on Faith and Zeb get engaged and plan to get married soon.  Which has Rose wondering when she herself will wed her beloved David Dodge.  Everyone gathers together for the special day.

I love this book series and have read them all as they keep the reader engaged wondering what will happen next to Rose or those she lives with and works with.  It is definitely a series anyone who loves time periods will enjoy and it's not so boggled down useless information it keeps the reader engaged until they very end!
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