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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
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bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical-fiction, other-cultures
Read in August, 2012

Over two thousand years ago a group of approximately 900 Jewish rebels fled Jerusalem and settled in the ancient fortress called Masada. Set high in the desert mountains, the fortress had been constructed for King Herod and was considered to be impenetrable. In this novel, Alice Hoffman traces the paths of four fictional women whose intertwined lives become apparent when they arrive at Masada seeking refuge. Hoffman weaves a tale of friendship, love, loyalty and sorrow set against the background of Masada. She gives the reader a close up view of daily life, and the hardships the women endured. As the Roman Tenth Legion prepares to attack the fortress, the tension builds. The resulting climax provides the reader with a view of what might actually have taken place at Masada during the siege and its aftermath. Hoffman’s meticulous research sheds light on this period in history.
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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol Hoffman is hit or miss for me!


Cheryl Yes, I've heard other people say that too! This is actually the first book of hers that I've read. I'll have to try another one sometime!


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