Reviewed by Sylvia A Reddom
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
At first glance at this title, please don’t automatically think “politics” or “affairs”. They are within the pages, but are not the focus. This read tackles heart tugging and tough subjects.
Easy to read and highly palatable, this book will draw you in – right to the dinner tables of a group of family and friends you will not soon forget.
You will believe this story because you will find some familiarity to modern day news stories – families and fraud, treachery and “treason”. OH, not “treason” in the big world government type but the kind of treason when someone you love betrays everything you know. Those closest to you, can no longer be trusted – and then your whole world crashes down around you.
Meet Naomi Adelman, her daughters, her Mom, her Mom’s new boyfriend, Max, her hunky new neighbor and his friend Todd and his pregnant wife. And don’t forget about Malcolm Naomi’s former husband who now resides in jail.
Add to the mix kids to raise, a loving Jewish family to stop from smothering you and a life to try to make some sense of. Welcome to Naomi’s new life. A Jewish Mother who is the “master of guilt” and comes prepared with a special of a famous love potion for Naomi. No kidding. Naomi cannot refuse it. And it works. Her Mother told her so.
When the paparazzi still like to think you were “in on” the spouse’s frauds, and no one is trustworthy – where do you go?
When you find a new place to live and think you are “safe” -is it the truth?
When you meet a lovely new neighbor who is handsome and helpful, do you trust him – even after you find out he is a reporter down on his luck?
As the reader, the story of Naomi along with her family and her nightmares quietly pulls you in. You go from “this story sounds familiar” – to “hey this is a real story of love, lost and found” – and “Wow I kind of like these people”.
Sprinkled with “Bubbela” and other charming Yiddish “‘isms” Naomi pulls you in. You join her as she sets up her new apartment, lands a new job at the local Art Museum, sets out to display works illustrating Jewish History in a meaningful way and gets some balance from her lifelong friend Anna.
I found myself cheering for one person, while watching their every action for the sake of the other’s heart. Before it ends, I had already planned a win-win situation where everyone got “happy” again. Maybe….
YOU might actually start to believe there is hope for life (after losing all you knew) which can include Love, Redemption and a Future.
Beware once – you open this cover, you won’t want to put it down.
At least until you find out what happens next. I can certainly see a sequel coming!