Christensen's first published novel is boldly written as a first-person narrative in the style of Philippa Gregory.
Terri CoatesClinical Midwife, Salisbury.Midwifery Advisor, Call the Midwife, CTM Productions, Reviewed for De Partu
"I had been a bringer of life, yet also a plotter of death. I had lived with different religions, yet my faith in truth had been constant and I always had God at my side."
Simply put, The Popish Midwife is one of the best historical novels that I've read. It's highly immersive, offering readers a look at an important period of England history, serving as a great reminder of the dark times in the past, where injustice is an arduous beast to contain even until today.
Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The author spent years researching her story and her attention to detail and fact, the historical period, customs, and dialects give The Popish Midwife authenticity. But it is Annelisa Christensen's considerable writing talent that makes this an absorbing, worthwhile read even for those who, like me, aren't fans of historical fiction, but love a well-written story that keeps one turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. Highly recommended.
Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
The Popish Midwife by Annelisa Christensen was an extremely well written novel. I have to say that I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth Cellier; she was a strong female character who could take care of herself and went out of her way to help others. I think my favorite part of The Popish Midwife was when I got to the end and figured out that it was only book one in the Seventeenth Century Midwives series. I finished The Popish Midwife in one day, all at once, and I am excited to get my hands on the second book in the series!
Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Annelisa Christensen has told the story of Elizabeth Cellier in very direct and heartfelt detail. The Popish Midwife will take you along on the journey of a very difficult time for Christians. I found this book to be a real history lesson while still being an enjoyable story and, though at times the reading was slow, it was very never boring. I think this is a must-read for all fans of stories of historical people and events.
Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
The Popish Midwife is a very engaging story and kept me reading to the end in one go. The life of Elizabeth Cellier has been brought alive through these pages and I could actually feel myself being present in seventeenth-century England. The plight of women in general, as second class citizens with fewer rights, has been well portrayed. The dangers and high mortality rate of women during childbirth is something that is easily forgotten, but this book reminds us of that as Elizabeth is a midwife. Indeed, reading this book is like taking a walk into history. This was a fascinating and inspiring read for me into a bygone era and one that I would definitely recommend.
Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Annelisa Christensen was born in Sussex, took a psychology degree at the University of Stirling in Scotland, then returned to the south to partner in a fashion design company with her childhood friend, Julia. They had fun selling to shops and in street markets all over London, but dissolved the business when children came along, both believing in putting their families first.Delighted to be offered the job of laboratory technician in the local secondary school, in which she had herself been Head Girl twenty years earlier, Annelisa simultaneously wrote a magical realism series (as yet unpublished). She wrote The Popish Midwife after falling in love with Elizabeth Cellier in some 300-year-old loose pages of a trial she bought on the internet. The more she discovered about Elizabeth Cellier, the more Annelisa wanted to share this amazing woman's story. The Popish Midwife is the result of years of research and writing.