Book Review: Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

Ever since Theodore Herzl had the vision to re-establish a Jewish State, Israel became a prominent player on the world stage. To put it in perspective, this country is one-tenth the size of the state of Texas and has a population one-third of Texas. Yet, it plays a far more central role in world affairs than its tiny size might normally dictates. A book recently published explores Israel’s history, and…

Book Review: The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman uses a real-life story of an abandoned apartment as her inspiration. Within a historical fiction story readers will learn about the Paris setting as well as the time frame from the 1880s through the period just before World War II. A few years ago an apartment was discovered to have been abandoned for nearly seventy years. Among the treasures inside was a portrait of…

Midnight In Berlin by James MacManus

Midnight In Berlin by James MacManus

Midnight In Berlin James MacManus April 19th, 2016 Thomas Dunne Books Midnight In Berlin by James MacManus is a fictional story that takes readers through the harrowing months that ultimately led up to WWII. It is a historical novel with emphasis on the history. With a degree in American history it is evident that the author used his knowledge and research to make a captivating plot. MacManus noted, “I did…

Q&A with Lauren Belfer, author of And After The Fire

And After the Fire by Laura Belfer

And After The Fire Lauren Belfer Harper Collins May 3rd, 2016 And After The Fire is part historical novel, part mystery, with a tinge of romance. The settings alternate between Berlin in the late 1700s to mid-1800s, and 2010 in New York and Germany. The plot starts with Susanna Kessler inheriting a manuscript supposedly signed by Johann Sebastian Bach. She is determined to return it to its rightful owner with…

Q&A with Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Modern Girls is a well-researched and thought-provoking debut novel by Jennifer S. Brown. It is a portrayal of three women who attempt to balance traditional Old World values with “modern” American views. (The book at Amazon and on Kindle.) Elise Cooper:  Did you do a lot of research for this book? Jennifer S. Brown:  Yes. I grew up in a family of secular Jews.  I chose the immigrants to be…