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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: January 28, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I11OZT2
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The Harlot's Tale: Midwife Mysteries, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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If you aren't bothered by those things, the writing is good, and it is interesting to know more about the culture, customs and restrictions, especially of women, of the 17th century in England. The author has an innovative idea for the protagonist/investigator and the characters are well drawn.
Some people might think this is a minor quibble, but I disagree. Character timelines are important. To me, it's frustrating when this sort of thing happens. We trust the author to be reliable about the past events in the lives of his creations. If I can't trust him to remember how old his heroine and her child are/were, how can I trust him when I think I have found a clue to the mystery? It's important to feel you are in good hands with an author.
Still, I liked this book enough to order the next one in the series.
Oh, and I'm a little skeptical that an ordinary (albeit wealthy) household in mid-seventeenth-century England would have had an enclosed oven for baking (Hannah and Martha are often emerging from the kitchen wiping their hands after having been baking something delicious.) It was my understanding that only castles and extremely opulent mansions would have had baking ovens. Most people cooked over an open hearth.