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Craving Flight Paperback – September 21, 2015
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"Not to mention that in my personal life, I left a man and a life I didn't find satisfying and found another. Brainwashed and subservient my butt."
I was convinced Tzipporah was brave for laying bare her observant religious beliefs in a secular world. I liked how she managed to reveal this same bravery to others in her insular, religious community, including her husband, Elan. This story is told from her perspective, so Elan remains largely enigmatic, very different from her in life experience and background, and this greatly enhances the dominion of the narrative.
If you enjoy books by authors such as Charlotte Stein or Mary Ann Rivers, I think you will like the personal intensity found in this novella by Tamsen Parker. The climactic, tension-filled, inevitable clash had me on the edge of my seat, plus the epilogue was a joy. I would certainly read more from this author that engages another romance (hopefully not BDSM) within Fiona's and Elan's Orthodox community in Forest Park. I was far more intrigued with the Orthodox community than the BDSM angle. This Catholic-raised Midwesterner from a small town was just sinking in the atmosphere. That is the hallmark of an exceptionally well-written novella.
Elan and Tzipporah were fabulous characters, and their love scenes were HOT. Elan has been orthodox his entire life, while Tzipporah was Jewish, but only became orthodox recently. Seeing the community through her eyes, seeing her doubts, it really helped to connect with the character. Tzipporah is probably one of the most "real" characters I've read in a work of fiction.
In the end, I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because of the going back and forth, to try and understand more of the religious terms I was unfamiliar with. I highly recommend it!
Born Jewish but not raised as Orthodox, Tzipporah decided to live as Orthodox in her 30's. Divorced, she now is ready to be matched with a husband. The man she marries is Elan, the strong, silent butcher. I loved this couple. They appear to be opposites but are not. Also, the miscommunications that can happen in any relationship are put on display with these two. Both have families that are judging them, and neither one can live up to the expectations of either family. Still, there is a connection. A trust. A respect.
When I saw that it was written in first person, I was a little leery. Thank goodness I kept reading. I would certainly pick up another book by this author.
I was drawn to this book because of the setting in a contemporary Orthodox Jewish Community. We don't get that setting much.
The heroine is a professor who has made the long transmission from being a raised a secular Jew to a deeply observant woman in the Orthodox tradition of the faith. The hero was born and raised to the Orthodox way of life.
I swooped up a book in the cultural reality because I love exploration of characters through the kinds of dimensions devout faith can bring particularly when it promises to be complex and human. However, I also was drawn to this book because a Catholic friend of mine converted to Reformed Judaism over the past several years and my adopted mother (an early 20's adoption after my mother had passed) is Jewish and was formally observant Orthodox Jew after marry a man who moved toward that practice of the faith during their marriage and now back to her Reformed roots which make up the base of family gatherings.
I think it is important to not the Orthodox Judaism is not monolithic and the writer does a good job creating this community and its traditions around Jewish Law.
This said, I loved the details of how hard it is to hold on to all the details of observant practice. I loved the clear presentation that a modest dress tradition unlike the Puritan viewpoint does not make sex a thing of bodily sin. Oh, no. Really good stuff on the joy of keeping certain things that the larger culture just gives away only for you lover and natural building of sexual tension that comes with times of separation.
Here is a fun blog which discuss just how more than okay sex is in this tradition (within a MF marriage) and includes meeting with a teacher before marriage who tells the husband it is his duty to please his wife. http://jewinthecity.com/2015/02/orthodox-jews-and-sex/
So, the BDSM elements really work in the book within this context and I love the depth of characters who are part of a sub culture. devout, and kinky.
The heroine is a wonderful character who is both practical, smart, and vulnerable. We are only in her head so until we get a wonderful declaration from the very taciturn Elan at the book we don't know much of the hero's emotionial life.
I believe in the of story and it is very hot and moving.
I would have liked a world more interactive with other characters. The heroine has the rabbi's wife and the hero his family (which is not a great relationship). The heroine is isolated from her family because of her increased religiosity and her relative newness to the shul (temple). It is lonely world for both of them.
I really loved the book but would have liked the hero's point of view and a rounder world. I would have liked Elan's revelation of how he because such a badass Dom (and he is very competent and awesome with his ropes as well as in his studies and his work. Yum).
I hope we get another book in this world!