Great book! Mix of Jewish history and screwball comedy. Heather is the gal who ties it all together tho' she is afraid she'll lose it all. Interesting characters -- and plenty of them but distinct enough so they are easy to keep in mind. Five stars for sure*****!
"To save the family company, Greenblotz Matzo, from bankruptcy, Heather Greenblotz agrees to let the Food Channel broadcast a Greenblotz family Seder. The problem is, the Greenblotz clan is anything but kosher and they don't celebrate seder, so Heather has to get her family to cooperate and, even more difficult, to act "normal" on TV."
Heather Greenblotz's mother is distant and preoccupied with her own life, and her father is off in Amsterdam with his lover. Heather's shares in the family business, Greenblotz Matzo, have allowed her to pursue her dream of being a documentary filmmaker. She still helps out with some of the PR for the company, and when the Food Channel wants to do a segment on it, Heather's cousin Jake asks her to give them the tour. She's greeted by two delicious men when she arrives at the factory: sexy interviewer Steve and thoughtful, handsome cameraman Jared. She's attracted to both men, but it's Steve who makes the first move, though Heather quickly learns there's a business motive behind it: he wants to film a Greenblotz family Passover seder. Greenblotz Matzo needs the publicity, but Heather has no idea how to get her wayward family together for a religious event.
Q: How does Heather Greenblotz, the thirty-one-year-old heiress to the world's leading matzo company, celebrate Passover? â A: Alone. In her Manhattan apartment. With an extremely unkosher ham and cheese panini. â But this year will be different. The Food Network has asked to film the famous Greenblotz Matzo family's seder, and the publicity op is too good to, ahem, pass over. Heather is being courted by the handsome director and the subtly sexy cameraman, and she's got family coming out of her ears. It's enough to make a formerly dateless heiress feel like a princess.
Here's hoping that no one will discover that a Greenblotz family seder is about as real as the Easter bunny.
With the "family" cast of her mailman as her uncle, an ancient shopkeeper as Grandma, and her best friend as . . .well, her best friend, Heather thinks she's pulled it off. Until her bisexual father, his lover and her estranged mother stage an unexpected walk-on. As the live broadcast threatens to become a Greenblotz family expose, Heather must dig deep to find faith in love, family and, most of all, herself . . .
Although I really enjoyed this book (fun characters, quirky storyline), the ending sort of left me hanging. Things were wrapped up a bit strangely and I'd love to have a sequel to move on to. But overall, I thought it was a fun read.
It's not a great work of literature, but it's perfect for a day at the beach, or on the train or treadmill. Funny and breezy, and very engaging. Although not all the Jewish facts were right, there were enough to provide information, and give what could have been a "fluff" book some real character and charm.