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Aningful as I do They are excited by finding documents that are centuries old Any readers who don t think that history has any real relevance will be amazed by the power of research to change the lives of Alma and Manuel As someone who absolutely loves archives I was delighted by a novel where the entire plot turns on a mention of an ancestor in archival records I recommend this book to people who want to read about family history and enealogy that makes a difference in the way people see themselvesFor my complete review see 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 Arabian Nights grandmother to find the ancestors of the person who was the rightful owner of aold ring Along with Manuel who was raised a Catholic as I was I learned a Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place good bit about Judaism the holidays the traditions The other narrator Miriam is from the past a time in Spain when Jews being 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 tive it than three stars as the coincidences and predictably took away from the impact for me The characters discover what I presumed very early on so the ending although satisfying was very anticlimactic I received an advanced copy of this book from Kasva Press LLCIBPS through NetGalley. 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 era Spain Sephardic Jews or falling in love.
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Ve a lieMiriam follows her mother s example choosing exile and another Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss great sacrifice as well rather than pretend to be Catholic Her integrity comes atreat 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 Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, 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 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 how expensive 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 anythin 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 Goodreadsroup 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 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 characters what they will discover about their ancestors how they will discover it and the impact that learning about their ancestors will have on themI very much enjoyed the fact that Alma and Manuel found history as compelling and me. Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about etting 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.
As part of an urban renewal project some years ago an old building that used to house our family s dry oods 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 m 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 could explore the contrast in core values of the heroine and hero 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 Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, get excited by documents that are centuries old Genealogists will love thisInstead of dodging bullets and villains these two 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 their everrowing but forbidden attraction to each 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 entire sect of Jews did in fact Lucy Carmichael go that route posing as Catholics to avoid extermination or exile but many would die before they d li. In a mud hut in the Jewish uarter of 16th century Fez a dying woman hands herranddaughter a heavy old ring and an even 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.
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