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Next Year in Jerusalem!: Romance, Mystery and Spiritual Awakenings (Part 1) Paperback – September 13, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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"I traveled to Israel vicariously with Natalie and Maggie and enjoyed each step along the cobbled streets of ancient Jerusalem. Barbara Becker Holstein weaves themes of friendship, love, spirituality, and mystery, engaging the reader from the start. I can't wait for Part 2!" --Kate Grady
"An entertaining read set in a magical city, heightened by a combination of psychological insights, spiritual ponderings and suspense elements." --Sandra Levy Ceren, PhD, Author of the Dr. Cory Cohen Mystery Series
From the Author
This is Part 1 of a trilogy. Get ready to be entertained and to enjoy a romantic travel adventure with two women who have been friends since college days. You see, when Natalie's husband takes a short sabbatical to Israel, Natalie and her best friend Maggie find themselves involved in mystery, romance and spiritual awakenings.
A mystery woman, an old boyfriend, a tall dark and handsome stranger, spiritual highs, and a background of terrorism, all tantalize the women as they navigate one of the most mystical and mysterious cities of the world: Jerusalem.
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This is an easy-to-read book that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Jewish people in a beautiful way. There is no real profanity in the book--always a plus. No sex scenes either. And the story does move along at a nice pace. It's good to bear in mind that this is part 1 only, so the book does not end on a resolved note.
The biggest problem for me with the book was that I did not really connect with the characters. I often felt that I was running a little bit behind the characters, and I did not feel that I could ever get to know these characters. I didn't even care much about the characters most of the time. Towards the end of the book, I did find myself caring. But I wish the author had truly done some flashback sections to explain about the background of the characters just a little bit more. I felt that the girls had no substance to them until the story neared its end. Just a personal preference on my part, and some may view things differently. I still would be interested in reading Part 2--I may like it better. Sometimes the first book in a series is not nearly as interesting as the next in the series.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
My experiences with Jewish people and their rich culture was always one of vibrancy and life. I was intoxicated with their whole way of life. Which lacked in this book. The two women had no idea of their culture, their ceremonies and the deep spiritual meaning behind it all. There were times that I thought they were in their twenties because of their lack of knowledge but when I find out that they are older I was truly annoyed.
The character Natalie constantly thought about past relationships and the great sex they had while claiming to be happily married for twenty plus years. At that time of life you do not think about those things any more. And what it had to do with anything pertaining the visit I truly did not know. It seems the series would continue so maybe it would become clear at the end, but for now it lacked a flow of understanding.
The mystery woman was the only thing that really peeked my interest but I was left with a cliff hanger.
If you are wondering about visiting Jerusalem, or knowing about Jewish traditions, this is an excellent primer book! The author presents everything in an easy manner, so it is understandable. The sense of adventure the characters are being dropped in makes this an all around read. I just wish the author had made the books into one, because I like completed tales! But otherwise, it is a very enjoyable read!