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Subject: Jewish Romances??
Date Posted: 12/15/2010 1:01 PM ET
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Every year I try to search out any new-to-me Jewish romances.  This year, I've come up with the big fat zero and wondered if any of you knew of any.  They don't even have to be just published. 

Thanks for your help.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 2:03 PM ET
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Nita Abrams has a series of historial romances.   None recent.  (Her books are about a Jewish family of English spies.)

Eileen Rendahl has a urban fantasy with a Jewish family,  Don't Kill the Messenger.  She also has a group of Chick Lit looking books that I have not read.  



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Date Posted: 12/15/2010 2:04 PM ET
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Sorry, I can't think of any.  I do have several Jewish themed novels on my TBR that look good, but I don't think any of them are romances.  I know I've seen Jewish novels, historical fiction and even memoirs, but I don't think I've ever even seen a Jewish romance.  Of course, I wasn't looking for them specifically.

I take it that you already did an advanced search and couldn't find anything you were interested in?   I did a quick advanced search for romances with the keyword "Jewish" and got 54 results for posted books.  I would have tried Hannukah as a keyword, but am never sure if I'm spelling it correctly.

If you have any interest, the following are the non-romance books on my TBR with Jewish characters in them.

Walking on Walnuts by Nancy Ring (a foody memoir)

The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 2:29 PM ET
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I'm sorry but I don't know of any. I heard from someone else that a Zoe Archer book (Lady X's Cowboy I think) has some Yiddish in it which would lead me to believe there might be some Jewish main characters but I haven't read it myself. Cry of the Peacock is a fantastic book but it's not a romance novel.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 3:14 PM ET
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Yeah, there are LOTS of mysteries and other novels out there but no real Jewish romances.  I wonder why.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 4:35 PM ET
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Check out this site: http://www.readreactreview.com/

Jessica seeks out Jewish romances. Though many of them seem to be m/m. :-)

To Deceive a Duke by Liz Carlyle has a Jewish hero. The book I just read, Farthing, has a Jewish romantic lead, though it's not a romance. Mixed marriages in both, though. Hard to find a Jewish hero AND heroine.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 4:57 PM ET
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I found these:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/761282.Salo_s_Song

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2629323.Habib_and_Me

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4989.The_Red_Tent

and these descriptions:

Bed of Spices (1993) by Barbara Samuel - Rica der Esslingen, the heroine, is a Catholic, and her lover, Solomon ben Jacob is a Jew.

To Galilee with Love (2/2000) by Eileen Berger - HSNG-366 - contemporary Israel  (possibly Jewish?)

Echoes of the Garden (6/1991) by Marilyn Tracy - SIM-387 - contemporary Israel  (possibly Jewish?)

The Falcons at Montabard (2003) by Elizabeth Chadwick - 12th century Jerusalem  (possibly Jewish?)

A Bed of Spices (1993) by Barbara Samuel - Solomon ben Jacob is Jewish and Rica der Esslingen is German/Catholic.

A Question of Honor (2002) by Nita Abrams - Rachel Roth Meyer is Jewish and Richard Drayton is English.

The Best of Both Worlds (4/2004) by Elissa Ambrose - SSE-1607 - Carter Prescott is white and Becky Roth is Jewish.

Coyote Dream (2004) by Jessica Davis Stein - Ben Lonefeather is Navajo and Sarah Friedman is Jewish.

 

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 5:12 PM ET
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I've read some of those before but really appreciate it, Willa and Sherri.  I'll check them out!

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 7:24 PM ET
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Kyra Davis's books are sort of chick lit, light mystery & romance.   I think both protagonists are Jewish.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Sex-Murder-Double-Kyra-Davis/book/0373895801/



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Date Posted: 12/15/2010 8:21 PM ET
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Judith Arnold's contemporary, THE FIXER-UPPER features a Jewish heroine. A lovely story. I think her "Bloom's" book has Jewish characters as it very, very loosely ties in with THE FIXER-UPPER.

 

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 10:06 PM ET
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I recently read Good Enough To Eat by Stacey Ballis.  It's more a hen lit than a romance but I enjoyed it a lot, and the heroine and "hero" were Jewish.  I write "hero" because although there is a romance it is left open-ended.  It's about (They actually meet at the Holocaust Museum) a woman who has lost a lot of weight and is dealing with the changes in her life.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2010 10:47 PM ET
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The main characters in Maverick by Lora Leigh are Jewish.  Very graphic sex scenes though, so don't get it if that bothers you.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 10:48 PM ET
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I have a book in my TBR stack that just came out called 29 by Adena Halpern.  I haven't read it yet, but it looks really cute, and one of the reviewers said that the characters seemed quite Jewish. 

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 12:07 AM ET
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I was very unimpressed with the Jewishness of the hero of Maverick. This is what I wrote in my review: "Also, after the big build up in the introduction about how Leigh had researched her Jewish hero, there was virtually nothing about that in the story other than his not eating bacon--notably not even one thought on his part about the fact that if he has children with a woman who isn't Jewish, they won't be Jewish. Not that I would expect that to impede True Love, but he should at least have thought about it."

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 12:24 AM ET
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I've read The Fixer Upper mentioned by someone - it was pretty good. the heroine is jewish. I've found most romances leave religion out unless it's macomber or curtiss ann matlock who occasionally have the characters attend church

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 7:52 AM ET
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Chasing Stanley - Deirdre Martin.  Deliliah(sp?) is a pet sitter/trainer who is Jewish and the hero is not. 

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 8:28 AM ET
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Willa - I agree with you that it's frustrating when a character is a member of a minority group and the author finds it sufficient to describe their "exotic" looks, insert a couple of foreign language phrases during sex, and a few bare mentions of "some ethnic thing" like a headdress, or a food, and then they call it a day. I love good historicals about people of different ethnicities marrying but they are so few and far between.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Amanda, I'd recommend Farthing. The Jewish man in it is largely assimilated, but in a very reactive way, that is quite interesting. He's always trying to prove he's more English than Jewish.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 4:18 PM ET
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  IN HER SHOES by Jennifer Weiner.  Great modern Jewish romance.  At least, I love it.

Also,  Jane Austen in Boca by Paula Cohen is about older Jewish folks, and quite funny.



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 9:19 AM ET
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"The Jewish man in it is largely assimilated, but in a very reactive way, that is quite interesting. He's always trying to prove he's more English than Jewish."

Thanks for the recc., that does sound interesting and very plausible (minorities trying to play down their differences in historical novels is pretty logical all things considered). I looked it up and I haven't read anything like that in a while.

I don't mind romance novels leaving religion out but I think when handled well having characters fit a defined ethnicity (apart from white Anglo-Saxon British - *that's* certainly been done to death and a half) can really enrich a novel.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 11:33 AM ET
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Who wrote Farthing?  I tried looking it up but without an author's name there were too many Farthings to sort through.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 11:51 AM ET
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Jo Walton.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 12:16 PM ET
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Thanks, I'll search that out.

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 6:06 PM ET
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Thanks, Willa!  Off to look it up! 

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