Review: The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhom
This was an interesting, twisty read, based on the true life story of Martha Ballad--a midwife who could indeed read and write (unusual for her era,) and was often called upon to testify in the local court. Sadly the brutal attack on Rebecca Foster is also based on historical fact. The novel is well researched, well written and compelling. With that in mind, I am sorry to report that I did not enjoy it more. It felt overlong in places and the brutality and small town prejudices were often difficult for me to stomach. I appreciated the strong female main character and the depiction of how midwives and how women in general were treated in that era.
While this one was not for me, I feel it will resonate well with many readers as a strong, feminist historical fiction.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of The Frozen River.