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on 7 January 2017
I loved the character of Rusty Dinwall from the very first page. He is a well-respected, compassionate man, a heart surgeon, and a loving husband and father.

Indeed, after falling in love with Rebecca, over twenty years before, he even renounced Christianity, embraced her Jewish faith, and is now president of his local Reform synagogue. A happy and contented man leading a devout life, and helping others.

This story begins on Thursday September 24th, it is Rosh Hashanah Eve (Jewish New Year). Rusty and his wife Rebecca are looking forward to a Skype call that evening from their daughter Deborah who is away at university, and cannot join them for the celebrations. However, Deborah is not alone when she makes the call, and introduces them to her future husband Mordechai, an Orthodox Jew.

Deborah and Mordechai announce that they will be marrying on 20th December in New York, and then coming back to her home in Arizona for their honeymoon.

Although initially surprised at the swiftness of the wedding, Rusty and Rebecca arrive in New York excited at the forthcoming celebrations.

With their daughter happy and radiant nothing, it would seem could possibly spoil such a perfect day, that is, until Rabbi Mintzberg arrives. When the elderly orthodox Rabbi announces Rusty is a shaygetz (not a full Jew), Rusty is shocked at his words, and dismayed at the ramifications they will have on such a special day.

Reeling from the repercussions, hurt, confused and surprised at the reactions of those around him, he suddenly discovers that religious intolerance is evident even within the same faith. Searching for answers, and pondering his past, Rusty decides that he is going to make the young couples celebration of their marriage in his local Reform synagogue, a night to remember, which it is, in more ways than one…

As a parent, it is easy to understand both Rusty and Rebecca’s reactions, and ways of coping to the news of Deborah’s rapid marriage, and her decision to become an Orthodox Jew. Their natural reaction is to protect her but as an adult does she need their protection?

This book highlights very clearly how hard things can be for mixed faith families at special occasions, specific times of the year, and at family celebrations, which should be happy. However it also celebrates the strength of marriage, and commitment couples should make to each other.

This book is very different to the other spy thrillers I have read by this talented author, however, I have to say it is simply a wonderful story which is uplifting, yet heart rendering at the same time, and I would highly recommend it, whatever religion you follow.
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on 9 November 2016
Wonderful story and so well written, keeps you 'engaged', and thinking about the book when you're not reading it, and hoping you can get back to it again asap!
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on 11 December 2012
I enjoyed reading this book, but then I am interested in relationships between Jew and non Jew. I think Avraham Azreli has a very good understanding of both Jewish and Christian thinking. Possibly not everyones cup of tea, but for me, a good read.
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on 29 July 2012
I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to several friends. The ending was not quite as I expected but it was still very good. You have to be Jewish to appreciate it
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on 24 April 2015
Enjoyed every page..a wonderful twist of orthodox or reform view of who is a Jew and the effect on one family
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on 1 April 2018
A good read
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on 23 May 2016
Great story - interesting facts - would recommend
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on 6 February 2016
Purchased this for my wife , she says it's a good one.
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on 13 December 2013
Loved this book, made me want to read everything from this author. Have bought 4 more books. Would recommend this to anyone who likes a good story toll of facts.
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on 30 October 2015
A little far fetched at times
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