Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?
Praise for Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell (Book 1 in this series)
Ms. Maxwell weaves a sturdy cloth from the stories of the various characters in Delivering the Truth. ~Back Porchervations
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. ~Book Babble
The author does a great job of detailing the time period the story is set in. I loved reading about the Quakers and their way of life. It was interesting to learn how they spoke in those days. They definitely had strong faith and abided by the rules. Rose Carroll is a midwife and sometime sleuth. The combination makes for a very well written mystery with twists that are sure to surprise readers.
While attending an Independence Day celebration Rose encounters a young girl distraught and needing help. Hannah is a slight girl with a soft spoken voice. Hannah is very troubled and confides in Rose . I can't imagine what it would be like in those days to have a secret like Hannah's. Before the evening is over a gunshot is heard and a life is cut short. Who killed Hannah? I found it interesting that fingers started pointing at a former slave who Rose knows is innocent. The author does a good job of showing what kind of detective work was done in those days.
We are fortunate to have the technologies available to us today to help solve crimes. Rose is determined to prove her friend innocent which leads to danger for her. The suspects start stacking up and I loved reading about the reasons they each had to kill the young girl. The story is intense at times and I liked how the author spoke of abuse in a sensitive way. Who would abuse a young girl and try to blame someone else? Did Hannah know something that cost her dearly?
I thought the author did an excellent job of describing a baby's birth during a time when there were no modern equipment. Rose is very calm while delivering a child and I loved how she calmed the mother down . Rose is a great character and I loved the little romance going on between her and her boyfriend. This is a great book with a mystery that takes us to the nineteenth century. We get to see first hand how people lived through the words of the author. It was a wonderful glimpse into the past and a mystery that is intriguing. The ending is so good with unexpected twists . I look forward to the next book in this exciting series.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.