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THE WET NURSE’S TALE
ERICA EISDORFER
ISBN#: 9780425234471
August 2010
Berkley
www.penguin.com
Trade Paperback
$15.00
309 Pages
Historical
Rating: 4 Cups

There is much to be thankful for when you have a roof over your head and a full belly, and for someone of Susan Rose’s class, she is very appreciative indeed. She grew up in a house always full of babies, learning at a very young age how to take care of herself, and that strength of will is what keeps her going through the darkest of times.

A widowed and lonely Jewish dentist finds an unexpected friendship with a young Christian wet nurse, but Harry Abrams may never know just how much their short acquaintance will change many lives.

With her size and her clever intuition, Susan knows that she is more than capable of handling pretty much anything life throws at her, but no woman should ever have to bear the loss of a child. She lost her Joey because of her father’s greed, and will never forgive him for that, but it put her in a place to earn her own money as a wet nurse. She mourns her loss heavily, but as time passes she learns to set aside her grief, and takes great care of the babies she nurses. The time comes however when Susan is again faced with heartache so intense that she will risk everything and anyone to reclaim what has been stolen from her.

I find it incredible that an author has taken a subject like this, and turned it into a truly remarkable read. To find the voice of someone who would have been considered no more than a lowly servant and bringing her story to life in a way that totally captivates the reader is an amazing feat. You feel her pain and anger, but what echoes through every word is the all-encompassing love that she has for her baby. She is Isis, Leto, and the mother Mary all rolled into one epitomizing the fierceness of a motherhood goddess.

Lototy
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