- File Size: 4576 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publication Date: July 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J0JW0MM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First of all, there is much to like about Michal's Destiny. The characters are well drawn and sympathetic, the writing is engaging, and the book focuses on a less known part of Jewish history. I enjoyed it enough that after reading the first few chapters of the free copy, I splurged and bought the actual book from Amazon. Ideally, I would've given the book 4 1/2 stars, but that wasn't an option so I went with 4 stars instead.
The reason I took off a star was because of a few factors.
1. Although Michal starts off as incredibly frum and dedicated to Orthodox traditions, she changes rapidly after she leaves her homeland. I find it hard to believe that a widow who's horrified at the thought of remarriage, to another Jew at that, changes enough to have a lusty affair while her husband is off playing the field.
2. The book ends very abruptly at the brink of WWII. Michal seems relatively unconcerned about Hitler's rise to power, though perhaps many Jews felt that way. Certainly, most didn't try to escape until the writing on the wall was clear. From a literature point of view though, the book just ends. You turn the page expecting to find a continuation of the story and instead there's an acknowledgement page. Even though this is meant to be part of a series, an ending should feel like an ending.
That said, Michal's Destiny has a lot of merit and is an enjoyable story that gives insight into Jewish culture in the early 20th century. I would recommend adding it to your library!
Not quite sure who the intended audience for this series is - naive vocabulary and style seem like teens, sexual content negates that. There is potential for a decent read - plot, characters, era - but it just doesn't make it. The first book assumes the reader has little knowledge of Hebrew terms and informs parenthetically - annoying when the same info could have been incorporated less awkwardly in the writing. Thankfully this stops in the follow-up books. The writer appears to have a limited vocabulary - I have never encountered "puke" as often as in this book (and this is as the mother or two boys). Way too much repetition and "filler" words! I guess that's one way to get the word count up. Wretched grammar, punctuation, full of typos, misspellings. The three books could have easily been combined into one and been an intriguing read (if the editing had been better)..
I'm not sure what bothered me the most - the writing style, the poor editing or the need to do this as three books (and now it appears four).