Saturday, January 2, 2016

Love and War in British Palestine

Love is always difficult. But if you are a Jewish girl living in Palestine during the 1930's and 1940's it can get extremely complicated.

Love and War In British Palestine by Gad Shimron

The Story

Tamar is a young Jewish woman who has escaped from Vienna in the 1930's. She moves to Palestine. While she is in nursing school she meets a young man named Wolfgang, who is a member of the German Templar community in Jerusalem.  The two have fallen in love at the wrong time in history. Tamar recognizes this and ends the relationship with Wolfgang. 

Since his relationship has ended and he is under pressure. Wolfgang goes to Germany. He will end up in as a soldier in the war. A few years later he finds himself back in Palestine on a secret mission. 

What I liked about this book

I liked that even though this book is a historical romance. It isn't like a lot of romance stories. It doesn't have the perfect ending so many books in that genre have. It just seemed a little more realistic than some stories. I like that the author put together a story that had some twists and turns He used the events of a complicated time to put together an interesting story. 

I like that there was action in the story. And I liked that the book points out that many of the tensions that currently exist in Israel are not new. In the book Tamar's friend, Alisa, falls in love with a young Arab man named Nabil. Nabil is murdered by another Arab due to his affair with Alisa. I think that shows that some of the tensions between the Arab and Jewish communities have been around for much longer than we are shown on the daily news broadcast.

And I really that even though this book is a work of fiction, there are many events that really occurred. In fact there are enough real events that make this work of fiction seem like a story that actually could have occurred. 

Who Should Read This Book

If you are a fan of historical fiction then you will probably enjoy this book. The book has enough twists and turn to keep the reader interested. And the author does point out in the epilogue what is based in fact and what is fiction in the book. I appreciated this. The author did everything he could to keep the facts straight. So fans of historical fiction will probably enjoy this too.

Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, but the opinions are all mine.

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