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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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Delacort ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more