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That will contain some vidence as to lives of my descendant This book had me thinking that maybe since the Spaniards occupied my country for 333 I too may have a drop of Spanish blood in my veins What an adventure it would be to go and research that lost family connection That s just a thought I am not actually sure if we have Spanish ancestors Just the thought of undertaking the same The Witch’s Warning (Aberrations Book 2) endeavor as Alma and Manuel and then finding actual proof is just too hard to pass I actually have a desire to trace my family treespecially on my mother s side since they are a really big family and relatives are scattered all over I have started with the project but have not been really giving a lot of thought to it Who knows because of this story I might continue on reconstructing that family tree and The Healing Power of Plants eventually find I might be related to some important hero like Lapu lapu Again just a thoughtBut you know our story is not only aboutxile and oppression and suffering It is the story of thriving of triumph and of great faith It is the story of a people that laughs in the face of deepest despair that stubbornly clings to life and to joy And Another Thing... (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, even in the face of horror and death We take our pain and turn it into poetry We take our misfortune and transform it into opportunity Daniella Levy By Light of Hidden Candles Thank you Netgalley and Daniella Levy for the copy of this amazing story 50 Shades of Scrupulosity I love itAlma and Manuel are college students in cell phone contemporary New York yet they are so chaste and scrupulous they blush at the mere thought of a kiss He is a cradle Catholic considering the priesthood she like her ancestors would rather die than compromise her Jewish faith From the moment they meet these two are attracted and repelled forbidden to marry someone who d never convert so strong is the religion they were raised inEthics and theology comprise a surprising amount of the dialogue I love it More novels couldxplore the contrast in core values of the heroine and hero The Worst Witch Strikes Again exchanging ideas instead of swapping bodily fluids I m mystified that 50 Shades of clinical sex and sado maso bondage BSM sells so well while thoughtful and meaningful discourse is left to collect dust on old shelvesIt s rare and refreshing to find a novel where 20 somethings love history and getxcited by documents that are centuries old Genealogists will love thisInstead of dodging bullets and villains these two The Truth (Almost) about Bharat engage in research They drink coffee or not if the cream isn t kosher for Alma they tour historical sites during a semester abroad in Spain and they fight theirver growing but forbidden attraction to ach otherThe narrative alternates between Miriam a Jewish teenager in 15th Century Spain Her mom has risked death and died rather than make a pretense of converting to Catholicism while practicing Judaism in secret An ntire sect of Jews did in fact go that route posing as Catholics to avoid Where My Heart Used to Beat extermination orxile but many would die before they d live a lieMiriam follows her mother s The Truth (Discworld, example choosingxile and another great sacrifice as well rather than pretend to be Catholic Her integrity comes at great cost to others No spoiler from me but oy Much as I admire the Jewish people and love their wit humor and intellect there comes a point when so much scrupulosity just drives me crazy God is great but science is real and immediate to me Billions of people with different beliefs different traditions diets and habits share the same planet But I will save this rant some other time some other placeOthers have summarized the plot so I ll just highlight a few Mr. Perfect excerpts that make this novel so rich historic and satisfyingJudaism is the most obsessive compulsive religion on the planet says the heroine herself a devout Jew who practices kosher no matter howxpensive challenging difficult or inconvenient But there is a sense of the divine in these rituals you have to really know and think about where that food comes from before you take a bite of literally anything A lot of these laws help us live consciously that wayWith religions with marriage with anything this is what defines us or distinguishes us It s the little things the routine things and I ve heard this from Catholics as well as our Jewish heroine It s something so deep so much a part of who I am I m not sure I can really put it into wordsI love the way Levy s narrative includes a mini history lesson of Spain Morocco Granada the Inuisition a people a time a culture Sephardi Jews are a small minority in the US and Moroccan Jews an Secret Suffragette ever smaller minority If one were really observant the Jews posing as Catholics would sometimes give themselves away One way is something as simple as breaking openggs and inspecting them before they hit the skillet Read the book to see how this small detail signifies something hugeLevy s love of Judaism is 7 Secrets of the Goddess evident but her portrayal of the Catholic faith comes up short I wouldn txpect her to understand the nuances of both faiths To me both are founded on things that common sense or scientific observation could sweep aside Eg forbidding marshmallows because they contain a pork product where are the casualties and Indianomix epidemics when someoneats pork Is there something in our DNA to make certain people unable to My Favorite Earthling (Otherworldly Men, eat cheeseburgers without contaminating their souls while others live to be a hundred in spite ofating pork or beef from a cow that wasn t strangled the kosher way Billions of other people do and who s to say whose soul is jeopardized who is irreverent or disrespectful and who is pragmatic adapting to changing world situations whatever
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s story telling talent that she can write about people who drive me crazy but get me to care story telling talent that she can write about people who drive me crazy but get me to care them She also gets me to use willing suspension of disbelief Doglands especially with the idea that one woman could tell a story to her granddaughter who would in turn tell her granddaughter until 26 generations of this finallynd in Mission Accomplished Satisfying gratifying lovely story mystical and magical in a way that reminds us what we call magic is often the sort of blessing that comes to those who believe One of the best love stories I ve Riveted (Iron Seas, ever readThis book clearly had substance as do all books which revolve around faith or history Injoyed An Officer and a Spy every moment the witty dialogue the intellectual discussions and just all the learning I had obviously underestimated Judaism in regard to its rituals and celebrations it s undoubtedly the single most complicated religionIt was the reason I felt compelled to give it a read that and it sounded like a brilliant love story I was not wrong it wasvery bit a brilliant love story that and The historical context was not lost on me also Rather it helped the reader understand determination in faith and Fates (Fates, even one s refusal to break away from faith when it s so very integral to one s being and one s values I also welcomed the main characters Alma and Manuel s love for history its preservation and their appreciation of the crucial nature of learning their family s story The story of their ancestors Fans of TA Williams Chasing Shadows another time slip dual timeline romance will be happy to read this one Chasing Shadows brings two people together out of their mutual interest in the Middle Ages Light of Hidden Candles brings two people together out of their curiosity and their mutual interest in their ancestors history Both are must reads I received this book through NetGalley In this story that weaves back and forth between the time of Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain specifically when theyxpelled the Jews out of their combined kingdoms after letting the Inuisition go after them and anyone protecting them and the present day a Jewish girl and a Catholic boy meet at college and travel together to research family archives in SpainAlma is a devout Jew one of a large family that ranges from Orthodox to non practicing She is very close to her grandmother who has given her an antiue ring and told her a story that has been passed down from mother to daughter for twenty six generationManuel Aguilar has only his mother his father died when he was a boy and a priest became a father figure for him inspiring him toward seminary Manuel s mother is cagey about religion seeming interested in Judaism than in practicing her faith but she won t talk to Manuel about itThe two students are Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, each determined to conduct their study without crossing any boundaries not only because their faiths forbid it but becauseveryone in their families is horrified and assumes they will nd up involved with ach other instead of their studiesThe story weaves back and forth between first person chapters with Alma and Manuel and Miriam a Jewish girl in the turbulent times before the OBaby expulsion We learn about conversos the Jews who to save their families pretended to convert but secretly practiced their religion as well as about laws and rules of modern day Judaism and to a certainxtent Catholicism I don t think Levy really comprehends the complexity of devout Catholicism but she does a good job trying giving us a priest character who genuinely helps Manuel instead of the too often Nerds encountered sleazy priest of much modern fictionA great many of Manuel s and Alma s conversations and arguments are about faith and one can see thend coming long before the two make their discoveries but the research is solid and there are far too few novels out there that give us sincere young people of faith I Zack (Areion Fury MC enjoyed it for that reason alone and found thengrossing historical chapters the frosting on the cakeCopy provided by NetGalley The story is told from multiple points of view past and present a story very much about faith and religion and history Alma and Manuel meet in present day NYC and discover they are both students at NYU and as fate would have it they spend a semester in Madrid as part of a university project searching for their ancestors Manuel who was born in Spain is carrying on the work of his father to find out about his ancestors Alma a devout Jew is on a mission for her grandmother to find the ancestors of the person who was the rightful owner of a gold ring Along with Manuel who was raised a Catholic as I was I learned a good bit about Judaism the holidays the traditions The other narrator Miriam is from the past a time in Spain when Jews being Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, expelled in the time of conversos as Jews were forced to convert in order to survive As in most of these pastpresent stories I liked the past story better There is a lot to like about the story It was in some ways a mini course in Judaism and some Spanish history The two love stories were lovely and I liked the characters Having said that I can t give it than three stars as the coincidences and predictably took away from the impact for me The characters discover what I presumed veryarly on so the nding although satisfying was very anticlimactic I received an advanced copy of this book from Kasva Press LLCIBPS through NetGalle. Nish archives will force them to confront the truth about who they are and what their faiths mean to themAt times humorous at times deeply moving this beautifully written and meticulously researched book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Inuisition ra Spain Sephardic Jews or falling in love. .
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As part of an urban renewal project some years ago an old building that used to house our family s dry goods store was scheduled for demolition on Chicago s south side My sister was there and was able to recover a box of family photos found in the walls Inside were nineteenth century photos showing solemn people from my Catholic father s family wearing traditional flat black hats and clothing with mbroidered Magen David Star of David for the men and matching jewellery on the womenWhile some of my relatives were surprised I never knew he was a deputy sheriff said one great aunt on seeing the six pointed star on one man s waistcoat several of my cousins and I thought it confirmed what we d long suspected and what some of our family traditions not to mention recipes like those triangle shaped cookies seemed to support One older relative told me that he didn t understand kosher laws but he just thought it was disgusting to serve milk with a meal that involved meatSo when I started to hear stories about families in the American Southwest who secretly practiced Jewish traditions for generations while publicly claiming to be Christian I was intrigued but not surprised In her new book By Light of Hidden Candles author Daniella Levy takes this one step further Using the device of an heirloom golden ring she tells a parallel tale of love religious devotion and a mystery that spans five hundred yearsThe story starts with Miriam on her deathbed handing over a gold ring to her granddaughter along with the story of her rescue from the Inuisition by a young member of the Spanish nobility She makes the young girl promise to continue fforts to return the ring to its original owner Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas even if it means handing it down to her own daughter along with the kebubah marriage contract fromach generation of Miriam s descendantsMiriam s story continues interspersed with the contemporary stories told from the point of view of Alma a young Orthodox Jewish woman living in New York and Manuel a student from Spain who is considering becoming a priest They meet when a curious Manuel stumbles into her family s Judaica store and again when they discover they will be starting the same program at NYU for those who want to research their family s roots in Spain Alma the latest recipient of Miriam s ring is seeking the descendants of the young aristocrat who saved her ancestors from the Inuisition while Manuel wants to complete his dead father s dream of tracing their family rootsArriving in Spain the two are paired as research partners Together they investigate the mysteries of their family past while also fighting a mutual attraction which neither is prepared to acknowledge Alma ducates the interested Manuel on the difficulties of keeping kosher while he provides a native s introduction to his home countryI particularly loved the bubbly funny directionally challenged Alma Although she has doubts about herself and her future she s secure in her own personal and religious identity The other main characters Miriam and Manuel weren t so well rounded to me In Miriam s case it was understandable She was very much the medieval Jewish girl completely a product of her time and place Her growing attraction to the young Spanish nobleman who saved her and her father from the Inuisition was treated with a light touch realistically portrayed against the barriers of class culture and religion Manuel the potential priest with a supposed attraction to all things Jewish was a bit harder to get my head around The truth is it s really hard to be Jewish and there is almost no tradition of seeking converts In fact traditionally a rabbi who is approached by potential converts is reuired to make three attempts to discourage them I could see why Manuel might be interested in Alma but just had trouble buying his instinctive attraction for Jewish traditions and
ReligionBut Alma And Manuel SAlma and Manuel s searches through ancient records the xcitement of their individual discoveries and the 500 year old mystery slowly unravelled in Miriam s chapters are so much fun that I was able to overlook the pages of soul searching and angst It was fun to try to outguess the author and see where all three characters journeys were leading It was also fun to see so many of the traditions I m familiar with along with many I didn t know about I found the nding just a bit too pat although against the weight of a five hundred year old secret it managed to feel almost inevitableI d recommend By Light of Hidden Candles to anyone who njoys historical romances gentle mysteries and a realistic depiction of the challenges of conflicting religious beliefs At one point Alma thinks about her cousin David now missing from family celebrations because of his decision to marry a non Jew I imagined David holding Cathy s hand feeling free of the weight of all the generations that chained me I sympathised with her conflict ven while cheering for the young lovers And really who wouldn t love five hundred years of star crossed romance and a mystery to solve I received this book from the publisher or author to facilitate an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review The Spanish Heritage Project Research your
Family S Past Withs Past with Madrid This whole idea xcited Alma whose Grandma had recently Garden Bouquets and Beyond entrusted her with some family history information A ketuba is a Jewish marriage contract and Mimi had these for the women in her family dating back five hundred years Grandma also has a ring which has been passed down through the generations but which belongs to a family who helped this Sephardic family during the Spanish Inuisition And she wants it returned to one of their descendantsManuel s gentile family has also traced the history back to Spain in the 1500 s and is interested in the program because his father believed they were related to one of the old noble families of Castile Alma and Manuelmbark on a study year in Spain to research their heritage overcoming obstacles and relentlessly pursuing their goals while the story of the 15th century families plays in the backgroundA most The Unseen Wonder enjoyable read Genealogists will love it So will you I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley inxchange for an honest review I hate to tell you this she said but you re already thereI blinked WhereThe point of no return You already think differently than you used to about religion Even if you decide to go ahead and become a priest after all it ll never be the same for you as it was You already can t go back By reuest of her grandmother Alma travels to Madrid to research the history of her family From a family of Sephardic Jews treasured heirlooms have been passed down for generations One in particular has a mysterious tale one of rescue in a time of oppression hundreds of years prior In the same research program Alma meets Manuel a Catholic Spaniard While both have ancestry from Spain Alma knows limited Spanish Manuel being fluent in the language agrees to become her research partner to aid in translations However their religious differences cause some issues along the way straining the budding friendship and possible romancePerhaps their differences are just too great until they discover some unbelievable information about their families history that could change the future they assumed for one another I don t know about you but I The Management Bible enjoy reading a variety of books While this falls into my typical Historical Fiction genre it still haslements within it that I don t typically come across in other reads at least that I ve read so far Things I liked 1 The way the historical story is tied into the present While I won t say how this is accomplished for spoiler purposes I really appreciated how four very different stories were all interwoven in the Zu schnell end It was a bit predictable However I appreciated the thought process getting from Point A to Point B 2 The diversity in this story makes it all thengaging While I don t identify with the main religion being represented that didn t matter I found it to be rather insightful in not only different religions but different cultures as well Things I didn t like 1 For someone as pious as Alma I absolutely irked me how many times she would take the Lord s name in vain For someone who follows the rules this is one not to be forgotten 2 As many religiously inspired fiction books go this one is trying to sway the reader into converting religions Unlike some readers I did mind that However there was very little justification to back up why conversion should take place I felt that Alma would say Hey you should convert to Judaism yet give little reason as to why other than heritage view spoilerThen Manuel s like Hmm okay Yeah Sure hide spoiler I first found out about By Light of Hidden Candles by Daniella Levy when the author asked people to vote on cover candidates for this book on the Goodreads group Jewish Historical Fiction I voted for the cover that Levy decided to use So I recognized it when I saw it on Net Galley which is my source for this ARC By Light of Hidden Candles won t be published until October 2017We pretty much know where the 15th century Jewish characters will Sleepless (Bird of Stone, end up because Alma their 21st century descendant already knew that information This necessarily lessens the suspense in the historical story line So the central drama of the narrative involves the contemporary cha One of the things that has always been most troubling about the Jewish faith to Jews and non Jews alike has been this concept of The Chosen People Its not something often talked about or well understood And it has caused some anti semitism What onarth could it mean that a group of people feel chosen by God special in some way levated And chosen for what Modern Jews feel uncomfortable by this As a people who are stereotypically thical compassionate and marginalized we believe in the specialness and holiness of all people and not levating some over others At the same time we honor choose and revere the specialness of our religion the way very religion does So chosen for what My understanding has always been that we were chosen to be tested And that despite many different times of conuest and siege and annihilation that at least a small number would be saved The teachings I have learned about this is that we were chosen to serve God and that is why if you are a religious or observant Jew we were placed a hell of a lot of restrictions and demands to prove our love for God And that we were chosen for the hardship of these mitzvahs or intricate tasks to serve God And to survive ven when things look bleak We were not special
AND IN FACT OUR HARDSHIP WASin fact our hardship was be guaranteed Our troubles were to continue and no doubt the moniker of theChosen People certainly places a target on the backs of the Jews that was already there to some xtent This is something that s hard to talk about and I am owning that its difficult And I would be curious about how other people see. In a mud hut in the Jewish uarter of 16th century Fez a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring and an ven heavier secretFive hundred years later Alma Ben Ami journeys to Madrid to fulfill her ancestor's dying wish She has recruited an unlikely research partner Manuel Aguilar a young Catholic. ,
It Jewish or not and how similar ideas show up in different faiths But why do I open this review with this thought Because another thing built in idea in Jewish thinking is the idea that folks who were Jewish in generations back come back and return to Judaism There is this idea in LoveSong that after four generations of conversion and leaving of the faith forced or not that the fourth generation will return This idea also accounts for Jews by choice those who convert in that perhaps there was a Jewish soul in a non Jewish body and that person will find their way back and nothing will be able to stop them No amount of no or arguing against will happen That person was at Mt Sinai or a part of their soul was when the commandments were received and they will return to Judaism As not just a full Jew but one ven holier than those who were born Jewish because they had to fight their way back There is a related concept a prophecy in fact that right about now in terms of millennia the children are turning the parents back and that and people will be finding their way back to Judaism This makes some of us Reform and Conservative people uncomfortable Why should our faith be any powerful than anyone lse s We think our religion is beautiful and holy but why shouldn t very other religion Deep Listening exist with the same feeling and ours doesn t have to be forveryone We are actually not proseletyzers and the big secretspoiler is that a Rabbi will work hard to see you turned away and not convert just to make you try harder and see how hard you truly have to want it and work for it Conversion should not be simple It should be a whole mind body soul thing Its a very serious commitment to change your identity It does not come asily and shouldn t Plus one cannot dishonor one s past And family and previous identity Some of this is xplored in this book than you d think Now onto the bookIn By The Light of Hidden Candles well I don t have to worry about spoilers in the least If you couldn t figure out the Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature entire plot from the title alone then the Blurb on the back will tell you absolutelyverything Word for word it is spelled out You are to understand from the reference of Hidden Candles that we are speaking of a line of Jews xpelled from Spain during the Inuisition of 1492 or forced to convert to Christianity and Catholicism Many of these conversos kept up traditions passed down through the ages that they did not understand Including lighting candles on Friday nights in closets or basements and not knowing why hidden candles and other unusual things including cracking ggs singly in a small glass bowl looking for blood spots Which if you hadn t figured the whole thing out by the title the blurb or the first sentence when we first meet Manuel and his mother Rauel she is cracking single Trajan eggs in a small bowl looking for bloodspots they are vegetarian for reasons never understood and she is a huge defender of the Jews and upset with their priest for his bias Manuel is seen drawn to both a Judaica shop and the girl inside when he is considering the seminary for Priesthood Really no spoilers there I couldn t spoil this thing if I tried You understand what is happeningvery step of the way you just have to wait for the author to catch up Of course Manuel is defended from a converso family that saved Alma s family and has been unknowingly Jewish for centuries which helps out the love story Of course their journey to Spain tracing their ancestries was going to lead them together to this conclusion that we all understood from the start So why read this book Well for one Alma and Manuel happen to be great spitfire characters who have great dialogue and great witty comments back and forth ven while we are forced to plod down this pre
prescribed path But there is another reason in there and its the uncomfortable one Because along the viewpoint ofpath But there is another reason in there and its the uncomfortable one Because along the viewpoint of book there are these conversations where Manuel is uestioning his faith And ven Alma who is devout is a part of those conversations where the nature of faith and what it means is something deeply considered And all of the characters in the book The Peculiar Pig especially the one s 500 yearsarlier are thinking about this And what happens if you fall in love with someone outside of your faith world where the danger of this is annihilation of a people Manuel has to understand what we all understood before the book Cherry Ingram even opened why he suddenly feels has always felt drawn to Judaism in a way he doesn t understand And what is this draw It does seem connected to the idea we have as Jews that one is going to be drawn backspecially if its in their blood And that we are somehow chosen for survival The Mermaids Shoes even in hardship and chosen to be tested What does it mean to choose Judaism over other faiths Manuel has to wrestle with this And of course he has to choose Judaism before he discovers what we all already knew That he has been Jewish all along So we read the book for the journey of the uestioning The answers were already there So the book has a bias You don t see a whole lot of books about Jews converting out and to be honest that s because it rarely happens History tells us and shows us that its far often the reverse and in fact we are prophesized for a resurgence which is actually happening And let me tell you something about Jews at least the one s I know Even when the prophecy is working out in our favor we are often a bitmbarrassed almost apologetic about that Because we believe that all people are Untameable Rogue (Bennett eual and holy It is hard for us to be the chosen people and let me tell you all Jews wrestle with that phrase It goes back to Jacob and Esau and birthright something that may have been destined but that we don t uite feel comfortable with That is the feeling of this book in a wayThe mystery is not a mystery the writing is very flat not stellar though the two characters are great and their dialogue is wonderful And yet I applaud the author any author for writing a book and there is a sensitivity to this one one I hope I have done a good job describing I m not sure this book is forveryone I certainly don t think my spoilers which I assure you were never spoilers see title is going to turn anyone away I rather think this book is going to find the people it needs to at just the right time in just the right way Books work like that the same spirituality drawn thing that I am describingOf course the Spain thing and Spanish Jews was kind of fun and different I appreciated it Would not necessarily recommend it and certainly not across the board But if you are drawn to it Certainly its themes offer us good conversation within and beyond the book I welcome your thoughts and responses I have always been fascinated with historical fictionthriller stories Anything with a historical background or story that transports me back to the past as far back as the age of the cavemen is surely going to The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, end up in my TBR This book is one Even so because it talks about faith Jewish faith Judaism I am not Jewish but this story had me reeling because it hits my weakness I love stories about conspiracies or theories or just about anything about faith religion and artifacts This story just had a mix of all thatThis is my first time to read a book by this author and I am happy to admit that it was not a wastedffort This book transported me to Spain the modern and the old one It brought me as far back as the time of the Spanish Inuisition The time when Jews were Midsummer Masque exiled and persecuted by the Spanish authorities This story also reminded me one of the books I just read last month about Christopher Columbus The Virgin of the Wind Rose by Glen Craney The same book spoke of the Spanish Inuisition and how Jews at that time hid their faith just so they could stay alive Unlike Glen Craney s book which was of conspiracies and plots and a likely theory of the real identity of Columbus this book is of a romantic genre This book centers on two strong characters of opposing religion Alma a devout and practicing Jew and Manuel a Catholic Spaniard who wants to become a priest These two crossed paths when Manuel out of curiosity stopped at a Jewish shop of Alma s grandma Both were oblivious to the fact that they lives are intwined than theyver could imagineThe story goes back a few generations where the ancestors of these two characters met The beginning of the story which leads up to the current time where Alma is tasked to fulfill what her grandmother and her great grandmothers before her were unable to accomplish Alma out of her love for her grandmother and for curiosity of the women in their family that came before her gladly accepted the honor and the opportunity to get to know about her family tree At the same time here is Manuel obviously taken with Alma when he first saw her As fate would have it Manuel and Alma get to partner with ach other to do the research on their family tree in Spain These two s differences in faith would prove to be both an advantage and a hindrance to their slowly blossoming closeness Manuel by some inexplicable force or reason could not temper his curiosity for the Jewish religion It seemed like an unknown hand is guiding him to probe deeper into the intricacies and ceremonies of the Jewish culture and Judaism And it doesn t help that he is bound by his love and loyalty to a Catholic priest who was like a second father to himAll these doubts and confusion going on both in Alma and in Manuel added to the air of suspense to the whole story Not to the mention the uest for ach of the stories of Effetto domino each ancestors The daunting task of both being able to unravel their families history and background has been a really addicting ride At first the search proved to be hitting a deadnd and then the unlikely discoveries one after the other were leading up to the climax of both realizing they were a product of a long history of friendship business partnership and And the best part of the story was when Manuel met his grandmother s sister It was what I have been waiting all along I had a suspicion that the little things his mother does for him like
BEING A VEGETARIAN AND ALL WERENa vegetarian and all weren just nuisance details but a hint into something It was the grandmother of all revelations I took a really deep breath after that part Aha happy The Midwifes Miracle Baby ending after allI give this book 55 lit candles This story brought light to me as to the customs and intricacies of the Jewish religion and culture It is a good insight into the religion that was purported to be the origin of the Catholic faith The intricately planned and written historical background of the characters and the connection between Alma and Manuel just blew me away I admit at the start I had an inkling that Manuel will prove to be a big part of Alma and her uest to fulfill her grandma s last wish As to how the story was beautifully and artfully uncovered was just so beyond me It was soxhilarating and fulfilling It was like I was with Alma and Manuel in Spain digging through the archives for some document. Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about getting too friendly with Jews As their uest takes them from Greenwich Village to the windswept mountain fortresses of southern Spain their friendship deepens and threatens to cross boundaries sacred to them both; and what they finally discover in the Spa. ,