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?
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 25 days ago by Temma
I enjoyed the book, but I found it a bit contrived. At times I could predict what was coming. However, one of the life's event was unexpected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evelyn G. Peck
I was impressed with Esther's story. She dared to defy the Jewish traditions of her day while clinging to hardened views about what God expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mildred J. White
Our book club just read Jerusalem Maiden. We had a lively discussion about orthodox women from that time period and how they had limited power to make choices. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lisaharris
Despite very few historical inaccuracies, I enjoyed this book immensely. Well written and engaging: provides a glimpse into a time and place with which few are familiar. Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KidDoc