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The Frozen River: A Novel



From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who investigates a shocking murder that unhinges her small community.


448 pages

Average rating: 8.59




Community Reviews

Feb 23, 2024
10/10 stars
OMG, what a wonderful story. I loved and voraciously consumed every single page of the story of Martha Ballard, a real midwife in post-Colonial America. I will also say this … I really appreciated that the central character was a strong, intelligent and independent woman of ‘a certain age’, who could handle adversity without making poor choices or being rescued by a man. I am so tired of women as victim stories. And yes, there were some of those more
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Feb 10, 2024
7/10 stars
My rating went from a 6 to a 7 when I read the author’s note and realized the main character is inspired by a real person. In the book, I found Martha to be unrealistically liberated, forward-thinking, and outspoken for the time period. She had moments of prescience that were distracting to me as a reader. Her final confrontation with North was over the top. But, understanding more about the author’s motivations added context to the things I more
Feb 09, 2024
8/10 stars
The group loved this book as a whole. Martha was ahead of her time as a mom, in her job and in her attitude. Some of the men and the Doctor were way ahead of their time as well. It was well written and even though it was long it was a quick read. This story has great historical significance. What went on in communities close to the river was a reaction to the river and the weather. The author’s note was amazing and tied it all together. We all more
Feb 02, 2024
8/10 stars
Very good historical fiction! Addresses many women's issues, struggles, joys & sorrows throughout history and continuing in today's world.
Jan 20, 2024
10/10 stars
Ariel Lawhon collects people. The people she invites into her home and mind are long since dead: “a missing judge in 1930s New York; the only woman to ever serve aboard a Zeppelin aircraft; a Russian grand duchess; the most decorated woman to serve in World War II; and now, a renowned but nearly forgotten midwife” who stumbled across Lawhon’s path and out of the pages of a small devotional titled Our Daily Bread. “The entry for August 1, 2008, more

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