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The Tenth Song

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  575 ratings  ·  94 reviews
When life is at its best, the unimaginable can shatter everything you think you know…

Abigail Samuels has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning her life falls apart. The epitome of the successful Jewish American woman, she is married to a well-known and respected accountant and is in the middle of planning her daughter Kayla’s wedding. Kayla, too, wakes up that
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2010)
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Tally
What a disappointment. I've been a fan of Naomi Ragen's ever since I read The Sacrifice of Tamar years ago. It took me ages to get through her first novels, which were incredibly rich and informative. There was depth to her writing, and reading her novels felt like diving headfirst into an unfamiliar world. Unfortunately, this is not something I can say about her more recent novels, and particularly about this one, which only took me two days to finish. The plot wasn’t so great and compelling to ...more
NancyL Luckey
This could have been a great book on how Homeland Security has gone off the deep end and taken the rights of the innocent. The first few chapters were thought-provoking. A wealthy Jewish family becomes involved in a plot financing terrorist activity. Then the book becomes kinda trite when the youngest daughter - a law student at Harvard, of course; who is engaged to a wealthy lawyer, of course - leaves the county for Israel. She meets another young Jewish man who is running away from his life an ...more
Beth
I was really disappointed with this book - it read like a Harlequin romance. I have read many of Naomi Ragen's older books and really liked them but I didn't like this one much at all. The language was too flowery, the story not believable, the characters making life changing decisions in the blink of an eye. The Israel descriptions are very believable having been there but otherwise I think this storyline almost seemed ridiculous. I would not recommend this book - sorry Naomi....
Stacy
I normally love books by Naomi Ragen, but this one is not one of my favorites. I found the characters to be one-dimensional, the storyline to be flimsy & very contrived & the premise to be ridiculous. I kept waiting for something big to happen, and even though the book had big moments, none of them felt big. It just wasn't one of her best works.
Anne
Ragen's proved to be a big disappointment as it came highly recommended. The author has written a cross between a Harlequin romance and a half-hearted mystery. Neither half of the story works to any satisfaction. The romance part is predictable. The characters emerge as thin as cardboard with little to offer in the way of discovery. The mystery part lacks suspense. You just know all will end well. None of these problems would matter as much if the writing leaped off the page, but it doesn't. The ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Naomi Ragen does it again. Just love her books. At first thought it would be a whole legal case thing. But was pleasantly surprised when it took a turn. Having everything in life, Abigail and her husband start to plan for their daughter's wedding. They have a beautiful home, money, children and grandchildren. Life is good. But then hubby is taken by the FBI for investing client's money into a terrorist account. He had no idea. Here is where I thought the case would end up in court, but the turn ...more
Susan
After reading "The Sisters' Weiss" I ran to get another of her books. The Tenth Song is totally different- about a very well to do Jewish family living in Boston. Their charmed life is interrupted when the husband is arrested for transferring funds to a company that supports terrorists. You are really at a loss as to how this happened, but just as he is about to go on trial, more problems within the family crop up and his arrest almost becomes secondary. One of their daughters runs away to Israe ...more
Regmg1
Apr 30, 2014 Regmg1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Strictly a ladies book
Recommended to Regmg1 by: This is our book club for May
Shows how everything can change in no time at all. Kayla is a law student wo is engaged to a law student. Everyone has everything to make them happy. The father is a very successful CPA. the mother is a teacher and very sucessfl in her own way. They have 2 other children, all married and spoiled . When tis happens Kayla drops out of lw school, runs away to Israel, meets a girl who helps her, and realizes you don't need material things to be happy. Kayla falls in love with Daniel .Abigail, the mo ...more
Soby
This book was just unbearable. I could hardly finish it. The characters are too perfect, and the flaws they do have are just silly. The ending was improbable. Overall, a disappointing read.
Kathleen Hagen
The Tenth Song, by Naomi Ragen, narrated by Karen White, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from audible.com.

Abigail Samuels, on the day her family’s life was shattered, was joyous of her life. She had a wonderful and secure life, was married to a well-loved accountant, was the center of her synagogue, had a successful daughter who was finishing Harvard Law School and was getting engaged to a boy she considered to be a Jewish mother’s dream. Then, the unthinkable happens. Money transfers that
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Vandy
Jan 24, 2011 Vandy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
You know how sometimes you pick up a book out of boredom, with no expectations, only to be swept up by what turns out to be a great story. Well The Tenth Song by Naomi Ragen is exactly that kind of novel. It’s about the dichotomy between complacency and true happiness, guilt and innocence.



One day Abigail Samuels has the world by the tail, the next, her world is shattered. Life couldn’t be any better for this rich Jewish American woman who’s married to Adam, a well respected accountant. Their you
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Michael Jenkins
Abigail Samuels has no reason to complain, she is married to a renowned account Adam and have an intelligent daughter Kayla. Harvey Law student and well loved by friends and family,are just one of the many incentives to Kayla`s resume. In the midst of planning a wedding for her daughter,Abigail`s life is shattered in multiple of ways: Her husband is accused of a heinous crime and if that is not enough, her beloved daughter flees to Israel, with no plans to ever return,. Abigail rushes to save he ...more
Myra
An easy read, or a term I use for a book that takes little time and lacks depth, a "candy-bar book", The Tenth Song attempts to tackle a meaty, weighty topic--the indictment of a Jewish man who is a pillar of the community with contributing his clients' investments to a terrorist organization, and the way in which his family is affected--in too tidy a fashion. Much like the "use 100 words or less" instructions for an essay, Ragen may possibly view her readers as being incapable of hanging in the ...more
Susan Bright
Naomi Ragen’s newest novel,The Tenth Song centers around the Samuels, a respected orthodox family living in the suburbs of Boston. Adam and Abigail have it all, a beautiful home and three children. Their daughter Kayla is a Harvard Law student and is engaged to be married and Abigail is happily planning the wedding. Adam is a successful accountant. When the FBI storm into Adam’s Boston office and arrest him for transferring money to a terrorist group, their perfect life is shattered.

Somewhere al
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Beverly
I actually rated this book at 3.5 I was drawn into this story from the beginning, and it had me thinking what would I do if this happened to me, to my family or someone I know, if one day without warning they or I were suddenly considered aiding terrorist. The story centers around Abigail and her daughter, Kayla and their reaction to the situation and how they come to learn who they are and what is happiness to each of them. The language was beautiful and the storyline was well paced. I especial ...more
Rita
I am not sure what I was expecting, but this book delivered it and so much more! I loved it! It is full of family dynamics, love, suspicion, destruction by the legal system, trust, and a wonderful plan to live your life.
Ellen
Ragen is certainly a gifted writer but I did not really like this book. I found it way too spiritual for my tastes and it was somewhat drawn out.
Liked The Sisters Weiss much better.
Linda K.
Nov 29, 2010 Linda K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Linda K. by: No one
A fan of most Naomi Ragen books I've read, I put this one near the top of the list. Set in today's times, it's a riveting, multi-layered book. Every character has some flaws. Some characters you want to hate it at first, then at some point, Ragen makes you even like that person. When I read the phrase "desert commune" on the book jacket, I was hesitant to pick up the book. A book about a cult? Not exactly. It's the type of book that makes you laugh, cry, and simply want to keep on reading.
I love
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Sue Seligman
I really enjoyed this book which is taken straight from today's headlines. I was immediately hooked into the problems of an upper class American Jewish family, and intrigued when the head of the family is implicated in a scheme of investing in a fund which aids terrorists. The repurcussions are felt within the family and their reputation within the community is damaged even though Adam swears he is innocent of any wrongdoing. The plot is centered around his wife and youngest daughter who are ret ...more
Elyse Seinfeld
I hardly rate anything as a 1 given that I'm a writer and I know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a horrible review, but this book was deplorable. It we just a series of one negative event after another and left me wanting to tear my hair out! Save your time and money .
Susan
I'm a fan of this author but just couldn't give this novel a five-star rating. Although I enjoyed the book I was disappointed in its didactic tone. I love stories with a Jewish theme or Jewish characters, but am turned off by anything that proselytizes whether it's my own faith or another. Additionally I almost felt there were cultish tones to some of the characters' experiences once they were in Israel. Ms. Ragen is a wonderful writer and I envy her talent and will continue to read her novels ( ...more
Michelle
Surprise ending and I won't spoil it here- though it did seem a bit rushed. There was build-up but it never actually had a satisfying crescendo. That said, or in this case written, this is the first book I have read by Ragen and I may go back for a second helping because of the simple truths that she reveals. We can surround ourselves with people we think we need approval from, but none of that really matters. Reading the passages about the relationship of Kayla to her mother Abigail reminded me ...more
Janet
Loved this book felt it was very realistic. Highly recommend.
Lynne
This book was not well written
Carol Melnick
The first half of this book totally drew me in. I was so excited, I kept telling people about the book.

We have not had our Book Club discussion yet. It had to be rescheduled.

I was really disappointed in the second half of the book. Not that it wasn't a nice story, it was. But I don't think there was enough description of how things turned out the way they did or why, they just did.

Lots of people may disagree with me at the Book Club as Naomi Regan is popular. I just wish the second half was as e
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Christie
I have been a huge fan of this author for the last few years and was very excited to come across this book at the store one night. I went into it thinking it would be as good as all the rest of her books therefore making it a quick read. It proved to be a challenge for me. The first part of the book did not grab me at all. It took me weeks to finish. In all fairness though the last half of the book made it worth the wait. It was like the author woke up and was back to her usual self. Great story ...more
Mimi
My dream life! Picking up and leaving to live in Jerusalem! waiting for the family to join me there and never coming back! Ahh! That sounds amazing!
But so unrealistic! I liked the characters. This is what we strive for, success...money...friends...Harvard education...big houses..big weddings..the "perfect son in law" ...grandchildren...Ahhh..it all seems so right until something goes wrong! And you make the right choices and learn to live with the consequences.
Cathy
Not a good read. There are too many epiphanies 20 minutes after someone enters a new setting, too many lectures on the meaning of life. The only person in the book I really agreed with was one of the unsympathetic characters who walked into the commune in the Israeli desert and announced he didn't believe any of it. If one person had experienced a revelation that forever changed their life I might buy it but in this book everyone is completely remade.
Kathy
If you have read and liked everything that Naomi Ragen has written, then this will definitely appeal to you. I found this book on my public library's book shelf while I was browsing. I had not read a book by her in a long time and was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the characters in the book and their self-discovery. I found the story a bit rushed compared to her other books though. Definitely a book worth looking at.
Paula
I adored this book, despite the fact that Ragen switches POVs throughout scenes (usually something I cannot tolerate). The characters were all so multi-faceted and believable, so fleshed-out, all their actions and views understandable and sympathetic. I loved Abigail's and Kayla's introspections, the scenes in Boston and Israel, those beautiful prayers with Natan. I only hope I can find the rest of Ragen's novels I haven't read yet.
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Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play. Naomi also publishes a regular column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israel.

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