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Rebel Daughter

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Esther dreams of so much more than the marriage her parents have arranged to a prosperous silversmith. Always curious and eager to explore, she must accept the burden of being the dutiful daughter. Yet she is torn between her family responsibilities and her own desires; she longs for the handsome Jacob, even though he treats her like a child, and is confused by her attract ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 9th 2021 by Delacorte Press
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  • Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann
    Rebel Daughter

    Release date: Feb 09, 2021
    A young woman survives the unthinkable in this stunning and emotionally satisfying tale of family, love, and resilience, set against the destruction o ...more

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    Lewis Schrager Yes. There are descriptions of the hardship and carnage that resulted from the Roman siege and conquest of Jerusalem, but these are appropriate and ne…moreYes. There are descriptions of the hardship and carnage that resulted from the Roman siege and conquest of Jerusalem, but these are appropriate and necessary to the story being told. The few scenes involving sexuality are intimated and not described graphically.(less)

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    Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It is not easy to write a review of book you love, hoping you will find just the right "buzz" words to convince readers this book is worth every page.
    Due to hindsight, please don't be surprised if you see this review edited a few times.

    So...If I were to write a stuffy review, someone might think this is boring book and doesn't warrant 5.5 stars.
    Yes, its that good.
    I was up to page 70 when I was interrupted by my husband asking me a question.
    I never heard him come in, nor did I hear the question
    Michelle Orrelle
    Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book transported me to the Second Temple in Jerusalem and I felt as though I was experiencing life there first hand. I loved all the salient details - the streets, the rituals, the food, the clothing, the smells, they were fantastic, very well researched.
    The young Jewish protagonist's struggle to save her family and her complex relationship with the Roman Centurian who could help, kept me reading to the end. Highly recommended.
    Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is a stunning debut about a Jewish girl living under the Roman oppression. It's one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished reading. The research is impressive, the writing so vivid you feel you are there. I honestly couldn't put it down. The mistreatment of women and slaves is harrowing, and told with both empathy and a matter of fact style: this is what really happened. I think that's what really got to me about this story, it's based on historical fact and historica ...more
    Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC of this debut novel in exchange for an honest review. It is stunning at many levels.

    Set in the first century over five years when Rome oppresses and then destroys the small but thriving Jewish homeland, Kaufmann puts readers into the story. We feel the weather, get scratched by the thorns, gag at the foul smells. The main character, Esther, is easy to like. Beautiful daughter of a high priest, she grows up in relative luxury but is too soon forced to survive violence, depravat
    Lea Ann
    Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann

    “I trust you,” he continued “and I can’t live without you. I love you. You said you… that you might love me too.”

    I could not put this book down!

    I started reading yesterday mid-morning and just finished reading today! I blew through 400 pages in less than 24 hours, it. Was. That. Good!

    If you are a lover of historical fiction, you need to read this book.
    If you are a lover of strong, fearless women, you need to read this book.
    If you are a lover of books,
    Emily Hill
    Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-reads
    A stunning YA historical debut that was in turn heartbreaking and hopeful.

    I was absolutely blown away by this book. As a fan of young adult historical fiction, I entered into this story with anticipation and was not disappointed. This is a love story, but first and foremost is about a young woman’s journey to love herself. The characters, relationships, plot, and world were all developed with such incredible detail, care, and respect that I found myself feeling as though I had lived this alongsi
    Marti Leimbach
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: young-adult
    I got an early peek at this tale set in biblical times of family, passion & resilience. The story is packed full of well-researched details, bringing the period of 70 CE & the destruction of Jerusalem to life. I read an author interview that Kaufman worked closely with some of the world’s leading archaeologists and scholars while researching for the book, spending years learning more about this time period. The result is a story that is beautifully realised without feeling as though we're gettin ...more
    Tamar Feder
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Transported me to a different time and place, utterly engrossing. Cared deeply about the characters even though, given that I live as a free woman in the modern world, likely have little in common with them. The relationship between Esther and her brother was particularly poignant. Strongly encourage others to read and enjoy. ...more
    Mandi Murphy
    Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Content: mature themes including war, slavery, rape, and molestation - Roman culture

    I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I've never read anything set in this time period before. I don't know of anything else that's been written. I have always had a special interest In history and recently it has taken a turn toward the Jewish culture, particularly around the time of Christ. When I stumbled on this book I knew I had to read it.

    As a Christian, I have
    Julie Gray
    Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really like history, biblical archeology and YA, so this book really has it all. Kaufmann really managed to add so much depth and detail to this heroine's story; her meticulous research is evident throughout and I found myself cheering for the main character, all the way. Especially in these stressful and chaotic times, I found Rebel Daughter soothing, in that way that YA can soothe one, with good guys and bad guys and character arcs that are satisfying and meaningful. Rebel Daughter is not ju ...more
    QC Librarian
    Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I wasn't sure I'd be interested in a story set in the first-century but I was wrong! I loved Rebel Daughter! The story is so lively told that one can't put the book away. For those who don't know too much history, it's a wonderful way to get to know what happened.

    It was heart-warming how this girl was protecting her family and to see how important family was. Esther's story is so well interwoven with historical events that it makes the book extremely readable and I just couldn't stop reading. I
    G.F. Miller
    Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I feel like I got a Master's-level course on first century history and ancient Jewish customs. The amazing historical detail in this book indicates an obsessive amount of research went into it. And it paid off—the world was layered and immersive. I wasn't sure how I would connect with characters living in 65-70 CE, but Banov Kaufman brought them to life in a way that made them feel relatable. I was also grateful that, while giving a very accurate account of the incredible hardship and inhumanity ...more
    Shawna Goodman
    Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Rebel Daughter transported me to another time in history and filled my thoughts with romance, intrigue and suspense. I literally could not put the book down and felt an immediate connection to Esther and her will to live and to do "right". The author manages to bring us along to each scene of the story through a detailed analysis of the everyday and how life was-I especially appreciated the details towards medicine, food and every day survival. SO much has changed yet so much the same-the powers ...more
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I love historical novels and Rebel Daughter covers a time that you rarely read about . Right from the start I was immersed into a fascinating time and place – 1st century Jerusalem. The descriptions are vivid and the historical detail is fascinating . This a riveting story based on real characters which follows Esther, the heroine, braving a turbulent period of the Jewish revolt against the Roman empire, destruction of the second temple and slavery in Rome . A great debut novel and I look forwar ...more
    Allegra Goodman
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Esther is such a brave and intelligent character. Kaufmann does a wonderful job bringing that dramatic and tragic period to life. I think young readers will find the book riveting, and adults will too.
    Jennie Wexler
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I am utterly in awe of the research that went into Rebel Daughter. Kaufmann expertly tells the story of Esther, a Jewish girl living in Jerusalem during the Jewish revolt against the Roman empire. Esther is a compelling and strong-willed heroine. I quickly fell in love with her and this story. Esther is easy to root for and kept me turning the page. The writing is vivid and descriptive, transporting me to the first century. The historical detail in this novel is mind blowing and impressive. Five ...more
    Margot T.
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Since I finished Rebel Daughter by Lori Benov Kaufman more than a week ago I've been trying to figure out how to describe it. I don't feel like I read a book - I feel like I went back in time.

    So many books about this time period (actually, maybe most historical fiction except for Hillary Mantel's) have characters who sound like they live today, but are just dressed in long robes. The author throws in a few "set pieces" so we know it's A LONG TIME AGO, but it's not very authentic or convincing.
    Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: done
    As someone from a religious background, I found this female perspective of this historical event fascinating. Lori Banov Kaufmann brings the era to life in her book Rebel Daughter. Highly recommend. Big thanks to the publishers for an advanced copy.
    Lewis Schrager
    Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    In REBEL DAUGHTER, Ms. Banov Kaufmann tells the compelling tale of Esther bat Hanan, a daughter of one of the high priests of ancient Israel, as her world crumbles under the assault of the Romans against the Jewish revolt from 66 - 70 CE in what has become known as the Jewish War. Esther is a character drawn from history, a mere shadow, a weathered name on a tombstone on display at the Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara, Italy -- a captive brought from Jerusalem to Rome during th ...more
    Lorre Goldberg
    Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    There is so much I loved about this book. From the get go, the reader feels that Lori Banov Kaufmann respects your time because of all the thought that went into the book. There are many details that make the book whole.

    The best way to address people is to tell them what you're going to say, to say it and then to summarize what you've said.
    The Rebel Daughter does just this beginning with the forward which sets the scene for the story. Then the story unfolds. It is engaging from the first pages
    Barbara Berenson
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A great read! Although this book is described as YA (young adult), I am 60-something and loved it! Kaufmann has developed complicated, interesting, memorable characters who live in Jerusalem (and then Rome) during Jewish-Roman War of the first century A.D., when the Roman army captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and killed or enslaved many Jews. The events depicted in this book are commemorated in the famous Arch of Titus, which still stands today in Rome. The title character, Esther, grow ...more
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. It is a darker period of history and the violence may be hard for some readers. That said I thought the author did a great job of balancing the need to be honest and show the horror people who lived through this war went through without being gratuitous and also keeping it age appropriate.

    I really loved the main characters they had a great family dynamic that was really interesting to read about and highlighted the roles each member of the family occupied in society
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I LOVE that this book was inspired by a first-century tombstone that revealed clues to a bygone love story. The author turned meticulous research into a captivating and gut-wrenching tale that I could not put down. I was living and breathing in ancient Jerusalem as I followed Esther's incredible journey. I'm always happy when I thoroughly enjoy a book and learn something new about history at the same time. Congratulations to the author on such an amazing debut!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Delacort
    actual, literal baba yaga.
    Sep 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2021-releases
    okay, i will read this, and i will be excited about it because the lack of any jewish rep at all is killing me, but if the "unexpected place" she finds love is with a roman soldier i will destroy. everything. ...more
    Brittany Ambery
    Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I had no idea when I requested this book that it would be so amazing. I LOVED IT!! Incredible story, and very well-written. It's a real page-turner. During one part, I was holding my breath as I read.

    As I turned the last page, tears ran down my face. But don't worry. It's not a sad book. It's actually very uplifting. It makes you realize that heroes aren't special people, but people who don't give up.

    It's a book that teaches you about life. Even more than a thousand years ago women faced many
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    this book transported me to a whole new world, I keep turning the pages wanting to get a bit more of the story, the background was also amazing, to know how people lived back then and their culture, for me it is a mix between and I darken and the hunger games.
    Carly Bruem
    Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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    Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    Rebel Daughter taught me a lot about a time period that I did not learn about in school. The main characters Esther, Tiberius, and Joseph were based on real people that lived in Jerusalem during 70 CE in the height of turmoil and destruction between their fellow Jews and the Romans. The only con was the summary depicting Esther as being stuck between two suitors while her city and family collapse around her. In actuality, the romance plays very little part in the story. Esther fawns over Joseph ...more
    Alice Berenson
    Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    The poignant story of a girl growing up, pulled from the fascinating threads of real first-century history. Kaufmann takes grounding historical facts and her careful research, and she weaves them into a strong young woman who faces more than her fair share of trials. While the love stories are not the core of the book, I was invested in them as Esther gained a better understanding of who she was and how she was defined by the men around her. While the book touches on adult themes and the harsh r ...more
    Amanda Cresse
    Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Yes, there was a Queen Esther in Jewish history who helped deliver her people from harm, but this is not her story; this is about another Jewish daughter named Esther several centuries later--strong-willed and rarely obedient.
    This book takes place during the Great Revolt in the first century. The Jewish people rose up in rebellion against the powerful Roman Empire. Not knowing much Jewish history outside of the Bible and the Holocaust, I was impressed with the abundance of research that was don
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    As soon as she learned of the discovery of the first-century tombstone that inspired Rebel Daughter, Lori Banov Kaufmann wanted to know more. She was captivated by the ancient love story the stone revealed and resolved to bring it back to life.

    Before becoming a full-time writer, Lori was a strategy consultant for high-tech companies. She has an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harv

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