The second in this historical Quaker Midwife series. It is set in a New England factory town in 1888 depicting life in the area. Historical details, the Quaker faith, and birthing details are accurate. The birthing data may bothersome. I have not read the first but I had no trouble understanding the narrative. Rose Carroll is attending the July 4th celebration when an unmarried Quaker, Hannah informs her that she is pregnant. She refuses to name the father saying they cannot marry. That evening during the fireworks display, Hannah is shot. Before a former slave and Quaker is arrested for the murder Rose feels he is not guilty and begins to search for a different answer. Rose has plenty to keep her busy. She is chaperoning her niece, Faith, attending several births, and continuing her affair with Dr. David Dodge. The ending will surprise you. I recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Midnight Ink through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.