Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
E-Book ASIN: B019KKTWX6
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I believe this is the first historical cozy I have read, but it definitely won't be the last. Rose, a Quaker midwife, is an easily likable character. She cares about her family, her patients, and the town of Amesbury, Massachusetts. So, when a fire threatens everyone's livelihood and takes lives, and then there are other murders, she feels compelled to find out who is behind them. Her friendship with the poet John Greenleaf Whittier gives her someone she can trust for advice and encouragement.
I truly enjoyed learning more about the Quaker community through this story, as well as reading about Rose's work as a midwife. The author takes us into Rose's life, making us feel as though we are right there with her in every situation. The mystery is well-developed and leaves the reader guessing right to the end.
I hope this series will continue for a VERY long time!
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Four stars
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