“Rich skillfully incorporates a wealth of historical detail into her riveting tale of a heroine who won't give up on her marriage.”—Chicago Tribune
"Riveting and compulsively readable,The Midwife of Venice combines fast- paced adventure with richly evocative historical writing." — Freshfiction.com
“A cliffhanger-strewn debut … breathless historical adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Successfully captures the seedy side of 16-century Venice." — Publishers Weekly
"Rich’s fascinating historical details and her warm empathy for her protagonists will capture historical fiction fans and readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent." —Library Journal
“By definition, novels set in Venice must exude atmosphere, and this one positively drips with it. …Rich capably depicts the strength of women and the precariousness of their lives.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“The Midwife of Venice is one of the best novels to be written in the genre of historical fiction since The Girl with the Pearl Earring.” —Blogcritics.org
"An engrossing, well-written, and fast-paced story about a fascinating period in history. The descriptions of sixteenth century Venice were so vivid, they were almost tangible."
– Joy Fielding, New York Times bestselling author of Charley's Web
"A compelling and engaging novel, a well-researched high-stakes drama written with elegance and compassion: fascinating!"
– Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy and Mistress of the Sun
"A meticulously researched page-turner that evokes renaissance Venice with remarkable clarity, radiance, and vigour."
– William Deverell, author of Mind Games
"Not only did Roberta Rich transport me to sixteenth-century Venice, with its seductive tapestry of smells, sights, textures and beliefs, she involved me in a poignant story of seasoned love. I don't know which I admired more--the wonderfully realized setting or the suspenseful story of Hannah and Isaac."
– Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
"A beautifully conceived debut novel... A finely drawn plot with well-developed characters to
whom the reader feels a deep connection. Historical fact is well preserved in the fictional story, and it seems clear that Rich herself feels an abiding connection with that story and her characters. The pages fly by as we too connect deeply with Hannah and Isaac. A highly recommended novel."
– Historical Novel Society