In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris—and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."
But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life—forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all: To whom must she be true, God or herself?
Excellent story, I felt so much compassion for the main character. I couldn't put it down.Published 10 hours ago by Long Island, NY
Well written, vividly describes the life of the Haredi community. Made a great book for discussion at our book club!Published 5 days ago by Carolyn Rosenblum
We are using it for our book discussion group. There are many layers to this story and the discussion should be lively.Published 19 days ago by BethAnn
Well written and it felt like I was right there in Jerusalem with the author's vivid descriptions.It's a page turner.Published 22 days ago by Genie Blaher
Talia Carner's wonderful book Jerusalem Maiden is a special read for anyone -- man or woman -- with a thirst for knowledge about a time, a place and a culture not readily... Read morePublished 24 days ago by George Rosenberg
Compelling character development and a fast read historical fiction saga.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Roth
I just completed this wonderful novel and I am just sitting here transfixed. My heart and mind are in Jerusalem and Jaffa with Esther and I am amazed at how beautifully Talia... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Temma