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The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen
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This book is about appreciating your family history. It is based on a Jewish family and their struggles, but you do not have to be Jewish to love this book. I am a "sucker" for books with love of family and faith--- and adding a little romance never hurt anything!
Few authors can capture history, human emotion and romance as well as international bestselling author Naomi Ragen. In "The Ghost of Hannah Mendes: A Novel", she expertly interweaves the tragic chronicle of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews with the spellbinding tale of Hannah Mendes, a true historical figure of unconquerable spirit and will, and the moving story of a modem American family in danger of losing its cherished heritage. The novel is absolutely riveting. It is a wonderful mix of culture, history, romance, mystery and suspense. I found it an enchanting and charmful way of learning a piece of history through fiction. This is a wonderful book for people who view history as boring. One can feel the cruelty that was felt by the jewish people during this time through the eyes of a fiction character. Which in turn, leaves one with a new perspective and respect for culture and history. The words simply flow and keep ones attention.
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