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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  11 reviews
On a bus in Tel Aviv shortly before Shabbat, Chelsea, a tourist from Colorado, is about to make a grave error. Noam, a local on his way home from work, spots what’s happening. Though he helps avert the disaster she’s set in motion, their lives are forever altered.

Recovering from a trauma back home, Chelsea has traveled to Israel hoping to restore her shaken faith. A scient
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published November 28th 2018 by BookBaby
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the title of this novel, I knew I had to read it. I use the word "beshert" a lot, especially to describe how my husband and I met. And I also went to Israel on a Birthright trip, but haven't had the opportunity to go back since, so it's nice to revisit it in a novel.

Beshert is a sweet story about an unlikely couple. I enjoyed watching Noam and Chelsea interact and especially liked when things heated up between them. It was good that both viewpoints were presented throughout the story
Susan Swanson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It came as a surprise to me, but I really liked this romance. Straight up romances are not usually my thing. But this book hit 3 strong notes in addition to the romance that tipped the balance for me. Firstly there is the travel portion of the book. I really liked the glimpse into Israel, both from a standard tourist agenda and from a "behind the scenes" tourist agenda perspective. Based on this, Israel has jumped several spots up on my places to visit list. Next are the supporting characters th ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book about a young Christian woman traveling alone to Israel to renew her faith and find herself is intriguing. I was interested in what she would find, would she find herself and the peace she was looking for or would it just lead her to question herself even more. I loved the details that went into the places she visited, the hotels she stayed in, and the people she met. It was easy to picture Israel through Chelsea’s eyes, feel the joy in her heart, and know that her soul was being fed by a ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cross-cultural romance, with a backdrop of the rich history and people of Israel and stimulating questions of faith. Why do some believe deeply while others only believe what they can touch and feel, and can there be common ground and understanding between the two? Beshert brings up all of these questions through two deeply compelling characters who must challenge their own firmly-held beliefs. Left me wanting a sequel!
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I am usually not interested in stories about people exploring their faith or anything that would be described as a romance, but I absolutely loved this book. The characters were so real and I just loved and truly felt and believed in their connection. The story really moved me and made me want to visit Israel too.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters and the setting and the story. It was a great romance in a beautiful setting! I want to read it again and again.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really took me on a journey. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Chelsea, a devote Christian, travels from Colorado to Israel, after breaking up with her fiancé. She was searching for clarity and wanting to reconnect with her faith. She had booked a Holy Land tour. She met Noam on a bus and they hit it off immediately. When they parted ways, they didn’t expect to see each other again. Little did either know, they would meet again and they would form a friendship which would lead to romance. B
Yes, this book received great reviews but it failed to ignite me for a lot of reasons. It all begins when, Chelsea, a tourist from Colorado, is on a bus in Tel Aviv and is about to make a grave error. Also on the same bus is Noam, a local on his way home from work and he steps in to avert the disaster. The story all takes place in Israel and I enjoyed reading about all the places I had hoped to visit some day. I get that the two religions are totally different but it did nothing to get me excite ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This lovely book feels like part romance, part coming of age, part travel memoir. It is certainly the best book I've ever read set in the Middle East. Our heroine Chelsea (a Christian), inspired by Eat Pray Love, travels to Israel to get over a not-hero-material boyfriend. There she meets someone special, but also learns about Israel and its history, people, and food. And of course she learns something about herself. The writing is strong, with robust characters and engaging dialog. I loved read ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! I really enjoyed the romance between what seems to be an unlikely couple. I love how their relationship bloomed with the backdrop of the holy land and that their openness towards each other lead to so many thought provoking conversations. I like books like this best since it leaves me with so much to think about after the book ends! (Oh and the descriptions of the food made me hungry!)
Phyllis Bernstein
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Was looking forward to reading this because I believe in the concept of Beshert. It was a lovely love story, indicating the internal conflicts of both characters. I also liked the way the author described the country. I felt as if I was seeing the sights
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Erin Gordon is a Bay Area native who graduated from UC Berkeley and Loyola Law School. After practicing law for three years, she earned a master’s in journalism at Stanford University and worked several years as a newspaper beat reporter covering law firms. Erin then spent more than 20 years as a freelance legal affairs journalist, all the while dreaming of becoming a novelist.

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