Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Charity's Burden, plus #GIVEAWAY

By Rose Carroll, from Edith Maxwell's Quaker Midwife Mysteries.

The burden poor Charity had to bear proved too much for her. My author has written the tale, and following is the opening to the Charity's Burden, which will be published on the eighth day of Fourth Month (what you might call April). She'd  like to give away a signed copy, too!

The painfully thin woman bent into herself, her arms crossed over her emptying womb. “Am I dying, Rose?”

I silently prayed she wasn’t. I stroked her hair back off her damp brow. “Of course not. But I need to have a doctor see thee.” I am a skilled and experienced midwife, but this was too much bleeding for an early-term miscarriage. I opened a drawer, looking for more cloths. A pamphlet printed on red paper lay half buried in a stack of neatly folded linens.

I glanced around the threadbare bedroom where a note from my client had summoned me this frigid Second Month morning. “Does thee have a telephone?” I was certain she didn’t. My modest home a mile away had acquired one of the new devices only a month ago.

She shook her head without looking up. “But I’m going to put one in. When I get the money.”

The money? What money? Maybe she meant her husband’s next pay from the boat shop, but surely that would go first to food, clothing for the children, and paying off debts. He had been working for Lowell’s a scant few months.

“I won’t let Ransom say no.” She smiled sadly. “When we first married, he said yes so very often. He was always sweet with me, Rose.”

“I am sure he loves thee very much.” I hadn’t seen him be publicly sweet with her, but one never knew what went on behind closed doors in the life of a married couple.

Readers, what burden - small or large - have you been able to overcome? Did someone help you? Edith will send a signed copy of the new book to one winner, so please include your email address.

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.

Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site,


  1. I have many burdens but the greatest is lack of self esteem. People have tried to help but I still struggle.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Debby, chose you! Please check your email Congratulations!

  2. My greatest burden is being diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the age of 43. I have a hereditary weak heart & did not know it- had I not been Vegetarian for 32 years then Vegan, the doctor said I wouldn't have made it to the age of 30. Each child I had weakened my heart further (I now have 8)- we attributed the symptoms to my Hashimoto's disease. I have maintained being Vegan & am on medication to help strengthen my heart.
    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Kelly Braun

  3. My biggest burden was being diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer and going through a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. Blessedly, I am now 10 years cancer-free. I had wonderful family support as well, and cannot say enough good things about my awesome breast surgeon and oncology team. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Charity's Burden ~

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  5. My greatest burden was being diagnosed with breast cancer and having chemo and radiation. I am now fine but afterwards I had to endure great suffering with 6 surgeries related to joint problems. Then RA ensued which made life painful and difficult. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Being healthy all my life was a blessing which I appreciated greatly. I have been beset with major health problems for 7 years which needed treatment and attention. This impacted my life but made me stronger. I still gave of myself to others who needed my help and made me realize I wanted to be healthy for others. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Midwifery at its best (healthy mother and child) is wonderful.
    But not all deliveries are so lucky.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  8. My family is blessed with good health, so I've never had anything major to overcome. Mine was just losing some weight with the help of Weight Watchers. Thanks for the giveaway, can't resist trying to win a signed copy of the new book Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

  9. My greatest challenge was going through a two year divorce. Thankfully I had the help of my faith and the support of my family and friends. During that time I found out how strong I am and that I can really take care of myself.

  10. My greatest challenge was completing chemo/radiation for breast cancer while losing my sister to the same disease. I lost her before I completed my treatments and it was so difficult to stay positive and slog on through weeks and weeks of radiation. My mom raised strong women and my sister fought hard until the very end and that gave me the courage and inspiration to keep up the fight without her. Faith and love will get you through anything. I love this series. It has the perfect combination - mystery, history and faith. k.lowebreiner(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Wow! Compared to the folks already commenting, my life is not so challenging! I guess my biggest challenge was being a 'pioneer' in a male dominated profession. It was a struggle and continues to be at times, but it is very rewarding being a pastor of a congregation. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I survived having a miscarriage! I then had 2 healthy kids! Thanks for the chance to win this book! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. My burden doesn't seem that bad compared to those commenting before me. Due to family genetics I am a type 2 diabetic and am always craving the sweets I'm limited to eat. I also had a heart attack in my 40s and deal with heart issues to this day. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  14. My life has had it's ups and downs. The downs were certainly a burden.


  15. My husband retired 3 yrs ago and has had health issues of one sort another since then. We are still dealing with his health issues. I not only deal with his health issues but this makes me responsible for mowing the lawn, shoveling snow and dealing with every thing else. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  16. My burden is dealing with rheumatoid arthritis that is trying to take over my joints. On top of being painful, the stiffness limits me some days on doing some of the things I want to do. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. My burden is dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. RA is slowly taking over my joints. It not only is painful but it also stiffens my hands and joints. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. chose Debby! Number one out of fifteen - that's truly random. Congrats, Debby. Please check your email. I wish I had a copy for everyone. Thank you all for sharing your heartfelt burdens. My goodness, people have been through a lot. I wish you all the best, and am glad I can write books to help you escape some of your burdens. Sending hugs.