“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?
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?
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