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Embarking on a dangerous quest for the physical and metaphysical origins of the world's great religious traditions, this modern love story follows a Muslim poet and a Jewish physician in the global search for a poem they believe to be the key to humanity's redemption. After traveling the world and facing off against shadowy conspirators and violent extremists, they discove ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published February 15th 2017 by New Song, LLC (first published June 1st 2011)
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Faye
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I appreciate the purpose behind this book - find the key to uniting the Abrahamic faiths and help people stop hating each other - and it raises a lot of good talking points towards that end. Considering this is her first novel (and doesn't seem to have had the advantage of a strict editor), Isaias does a decent job of keeping the reader interested and turning pages. I'm just not a big fan of romance novels, especially ones of the "true love at first sight" variety, which is essentially what this ...more
Sarah
Sep 11, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my own book!
Rebecca
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book with a bit of uncertainty of what to expect. I've done quite a bit of reading on religion and I can have some very strong views, so I was really hoping to see how the author tackled the subjects in this book, and on the whole? Very well. I really enjoyed it. Once I got over my indecision about how Yakub should be pronounced anyway - I originally plumped for yah-cub over yah-koob; though i do think the latter came more to usage when I watched Match of the Day with Yakubu sco ...more
Dax Tucker
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In A New Song, Sarah Isaias unites a delightfully unlikely pair of protagonists, a Jewish doctor and Muslim poet, and confronts them with one of the most difficult challenges of all time: to try and find a poem that is the key to humanity's redemption. Their travels take them through romantic villages of Europe, the ancient pyramids of Egypt, and the holy cities of the Middle East. A budding romance ensues as this heroic couple works together to overcome dangerous opposition from an ancient cult ...more
Ruzica
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the book, however it felt like reading a first draft of a novel. The story is good and important, however I missed the depth in the writing to really do it justice. I liked the movie adaptation more. I also missed Christianity in the book - it mostly deals with Islam and Judaism. However, I recommend this read for everyone too lazy to read the, bible, quran and torah.
Lindsey
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A great read that combines history and religion, with romance and adventure. Once I started reading I could not put the book down. Am interested in reading more from this new author.
Michelle
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Was a little skeptical about this book not my usual read but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Ingrid
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
After seeing the movie starring Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey, I couldn’t wait to read the book that had inspired it. I knew the book focuses more on the religion aspect than the movie does, and while I don’t usually read books revolving around religion, I really enjoyed it. Once I’d started reading, I couldn’t put it down.

The Rendezvous, originally published in 2011 as “A New Song”, tells the story of Rachel Roseman, a Jewish doctor, and Yakub Al-Shadi, a Muslim man, who search for an ancient po
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Anna
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and admit that I set it aside for another day. Too bad I did because I really enjoyed the story that unfolded, at times a bit slow, but told beautifully through the eyes of Dr. Rachel Roseman al-Shadi. She inadvertantly meets Yakub in the bed next to one of her patients, and an instant conection between them forms. In meeting with Yakub's family they embark on a journey to find a poem that is the key to the redemtion of humanity. Along their journey ...more
Jessica Buike
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is beautifully written to cross the boundaries of Islam and Judaism and Christianity and show a unity in all things. I love the list of beliefs on p. 97. The style is similar to The DaVinci code and makes it very difficult to put down, even for just a moment! There were a few minor editing errors but overall it is pretty solid. I loved the character development and the depth of the plot. I highly recommend this book!
Susan Rothenberg
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful and engaging book about a Jewish woman and a Muslim man's search for an ancient poem thought to bring reconciliation between all people. An action book filled with wonderful details about the religions.
Mathew Bridle
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SARAH ISAIAS is a family physician who, for the past 23 years, has worked in an inner-city clinic caring for the medically-uninsured. More recently, she has been drawn to the intensive study of religion, in particular the Abrahamic faith traditions, with the intention of making a contribution to interfaith efforts to foster peace and understanding between peoples. She recently received a masters d ...more