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Touchdown by Yael Levy

touchdown

 

 

“Touchdown” by Yael Levy is a paranormal romance that is not your typical paranormal romance. Why you ask? Well, mostly because it doesn’t start out like paranormal.  I’ll admit I was well into the book before I realized it was going on!  The book reads like a lovely and light romance; however, with a twist.

New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbuk– her soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.

Only Clay has issues of his own and doesn’t take kindly to a petulant New Yorker in his head, interfering in his already messed up life. When Goldie promises to leave if Clay helps her break up the wedding between her fiancé and the witch who killed her, Clay reluctantly agrees. Only neither of them are prepared for the chain of events that follow.

Through the journey of two disparate people on a quest to make things right, Touchdown is a funny yet heartbreaking look about what it takes to truly know another soul and what it means to love.

Did you find the twist yet?  The heroine of our story is Jewish.  You know how I’m always saying how wonderful it would be if popular literature included people of other cultures and ethnicities?

Yeah that.

Where else are you going to get to use the word schmatta in a sentence? The author, Yael Levy, gives us a chance to brush up on our Yiddish while enjoying a love story.  I was happy to review her first book: Brooklyn Love, in 2012.  My review is here.  If you know nothing about Orthodox Jews, check it out.  Don’t be a shmendrik, learn about other cultures, nosh on new foods, and schmooze with new friends.

I bet you didn’t know you knew so much Yiddish, did’ya?

Isn’t it great to expand your horizons with literature from other cultures?  Who knew they were just like you?

I knew.

I’m proud to be the star  part of JKS Communications Tour!

Touchdowntour

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Adult Fiction Books Children Reviews Young Adult

Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy

 can occasionally be found reading a juicy chick lit novel, especially during the summer when I want to relax.

Never in my wildest imaginations would I envision myself reading an Orthodox Jewish love story.  I just never thought these things existed.  To be sure, I read alot of books about Jews and their plight in history(Anne Frank, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Giver, Sarah’s Key, I am Forbidden) but Brooklyn Love, by Yael Levy, is a tale of 3 young Jewish women on a quest to get married; a book that I didn’t think existed.

 

Brooklyn Love is set in modern day Brooklyn, New York, an enclave for the Jewish community, orthodox especially.  The tale weaves around the lives of Hindy, Leah, and Rachel who are approximately 19-20 years old and searching for good Jewish husbands as their religion and their culture demands.  Don’t let the premise fool you.  The story is endearing, funny, and heartbreaking.  These brave young women must struggle with what they want to do and what they must do.  Imagine a slumber party in which young women gorge themselves over pizza and soda.  These women look at photos of hamburgers on the internet and drool over them because they are forbidden.  The scene is funny because you realize they are just like you in some ways.

photo courtesy Wikipedia

If you’re like me, you’re intrigued by other cultures (aka food) and want to know more about them.  Yael Levy brings my two favorite topics together splendidly: food and books. The characters in the story are always eating or preparing or cleaning up after a meal. You can practically smell the mouth-watering cholent (Jewish stew) simmering in the crockpot on Friday evenings. What family doesn’t enjoy eating a yummy family dinner together?

Another large part of Brooklyn Love is the fashion.  Orthodox Jewish men and women have strict rules about fashion and are supposed to be covered up.  You’ve probably seen men dressed like this before:

photo courtesy Jewish Daily Report

And you’ve probably seen the women dressed like this:

photos courtesy Shmeeze

An interesting note about the characters in this story is that many of them where wealthy and dressed very fashionably, as the young lady on the left.  While her outfit is not as demure or conservative as the ladies on the right, in some segments it might be seen as appropriate.  I imagine Rachel to look like the woman on the left and our beautiful Hindy to look like the woman in the black sweater on the right.

And speaking of Hindy.  Oh how you’ll love her.  She is the most beautiful character I’ve read in a long time. You will adore her: she’s balding and overweight but has the most beautiful, loving personality.

You’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll scratch your head while reading Brooklyn Love.  Go out and get the book.  Today.  This is a book the whole family can enjoy!

I give Brooklyn Love four paws for its insightful and in depth look at Orthodox Jewish life!

 

 

Categories
Books Young Adult

Yael Levy – Touchdown

touchdown

 

 

Touchdown by Yael Levy is a paranormal romance that is not your typical paranormal romance.

Why, you ask? Well, mostly because it doesn’t start out like paranormal.  I’ll admit I was well into the book before I realized it was going on!  The book reads like a lovely and light romance; however, with a twist.

New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbuk– her soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.

Only Clay has issues of his own and doesn’t take kindly to a petulant New Yorker in his head, interfering in his already messed up life. When Goldie promises to leave if Clay helps her break up the wedding between her fiancé and the witch who killed her, Clay reluctantly agrees. Only neither of them are prepared for the chain of events that follow.

Through the journey of two disparate people on a quest to make things right, Touchdown is a funny yet heartbreaking look about what it takes to truly know another soul and what it means to love.

Did you find the twist yet?  The heroine of our story is Jewish.  You know how I’m always saying how wonderful it would be if popular literature included people of other cultures and ethnicities?

Yeah that.

Where else are you going to get to use the word schmatta in a sentence? The author, Yael Levy, gives us a chance to brush up on our Yiddish while enjoying a love story.  I was happy to review her first book: Brooklyn Love, in 2012.  My review is here.  If you know nothing about Orthodox Jews, check it out.  Don’t be a shmendrik, learn about other cultures, nosh on new foods, and schmooze with new friends.

I bet you didn’t know you knew so much Yiddish, did’ya?

Isn’t it great to expand your horizons with literature from other cultures?  Who knew they were just like you?

I knew.

I’m proud to be the star  part of JKS Communications Tour!

Touchdowntour

Categories
Adult Fiction Books Children Reviews Young Adult

Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy

Many women love a good romance story.  I can occasionally be found reading a juicy chick lit novel, especially during the summer when I want to relax.

Never in my wildest imaginations would I envision myself reading an Orthodox Jewish love story.  I just never thought these things existed.  To be sure, I read alot of books about Jews and their plight in history(Anne Frank, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Giver, Sarah’s Key, I am Forbidden) but Brooklyn Love, by Yael Levy, is a tale of 3 young Jewish women on a quest to get married; a book that I didn’t think existed.

 

Brooklyn Love is set in modern day Brooklyn, New York, an enclave for the Jewish community, orthodox especially.  The tale weaves around the lives of Hindy, Leah, and Rachel who are approximately 19-20 years old and searching for good Jewish husbands as their religion and their culture demands.  Don’t let the premise fool you.  The story is endearing, funny, and heartbreaking.  These brave young women must struggle with what they want to do and what they must do.  Imagine a slumber party in which young women gorge themselves over pizza and soda.  These women look at photos of hamburgers on the internet and drool over them because they are forbidden.  The scene is funny because you realize they are just like you in some ways.

photo courtesy Wikipedia

If you’re like me, you’re intrigued by other cultures (aka food) and want to know more about them.  Yael Levy brings my two favorite topics together splendidly: food and books. The characters in the story are always eating or preparing or cleaning up after a meal. You can practically smell the mouth-watering cholent (Jewish stew) simmering in the crockpot on Friday evenings. What family doesn’t enjoy eating a yummy family dinner together?

Another large part of Brooklyn Love is the fashion.  Orthodox Jewish men and women have strict rules about fashion and are supposed to be covered up.  You’ve probably seen men dressed like this before:

photo courtesy Jewish Daily Report

And you’ve probably seen the women dressed like this:

photos courtesy Shmeeze

An interesting note about the characters in this story is that many of them where wealthy and dressed very fashionably, as the young lady on the left.  While her outfit is not as demure or conservative as the ladies on the right, in some segments it might be seen as appropriate.  I imagine Rachel to look like the woman on the left and our beautiful Hindy to look like the woman in the black sweater on the right.

And speaking of Hindy.  Oh how you’ll love her.  She is the most beautiful character I’ve read in a long time. You will adore her: she’s balding and overweight but has the most beautiful, loving personality.

You’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll scratch your head while reading Brooklyn Love.  Go out and get the book.  Today.  This is a book the whole family can enjoy!

I give Brooklyn Love four paws for its insightful and in depth look at Orthodox Jewish life!