Jewish

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Abroad

Written from a beautiful and intimate ‘own voice’ perspective, Liz Jacob’s Abroad is a delight. Accurate and nuanced writing is becoming the norm with Brain Mill Press, and Abroad continues this trend, and raises the bar higher. Although the novel subtly changes points of view throughout, t ...

B+
The Devil's Doorbell

I agreed to review this anthology entirely because “the devil’s doorbell” is the best euphemism for “clitoris” I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Thankfully, the anthology was fantastic. There were far more hits than misses in the seven short stories, including two stories I gave DIK As ...

B+
All Or Nothing

Ms. Lerner’s romances are set far from the glittering ton, her main characters are often working class men and women, not every character is wealthy, explicit depictions and conversations about sex are common, and sexuality isn’t limited to m/f. I like her books for those reasons, but mostly bec ...

A
True Pretenses

Rose Lerner has been an autobuy author for me ever since I read her début novel, In for a Penny. While she sets her stories in the Regency era, she tends to move away from the glittering ballrooms of the ton and puts a different spin on them, whether it be, as in Penny, looking at a young couple tr ...

B
Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla Martin has been in love with Joshua Wasserstein since she first saw him in ninth grade, but between Isla’s shyness and Josh’s misunderstanding of her relationship with her best friend Kurt, the two never managed to get on the same page. Suddenly it’s senior year, and these bicultural New ...

C
A Reluctant Queen

This novel should have had all the elements of a success. The author, well known and very experienced, has written several books that are favorites of mine. I often love what she does with words. And the biblical story of Esther has room for plenty of romance and adventure. Yet, even with all of thi ...

B
Certain Girls

Certain Girls is the follow-up to Weiner’s debut Chick Lit bestseller Good in Bed, which I've not read. Luckily, there were no gaping, unexplained points of history, so my enjoyment of the novel was not affected beyond wishing I had read the earlier book in order to share in the "welcome back" fee ...

B
Rivals for the Crown

While the title Rivals for the Crown adequately captures the major historical backdrop for this book, it somehow does not do complete justice to the rich tapestry formed by the lives of Isabel de Burke, Rachel de Anjou, Henry de Boyer, Rory MacGannon, and Kieran MacDonald. From the opening scene in ...

C+
Blooming All Over

Although Blooming All Over has its romantic moments, it's not a romance novel. Instead it's a contemporary novel about the lives and loves of a big Jewish New York family who own an upscale delicatessen/grocery story. I thought Bloom's Delicatessen and the New York ambience was the most vivid thing ...

B-
Hadassah: One Night with the King

The Bible contains any number of riveting stories, and my personal favorite is the story of Esther, wife of the Persian king Xerxes, known as the Purim story to those in the Jewish faith. This story has a little bit of everything in it: murder, treachery, palace intrigue, brave deeds, and love. Hada ...