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Friday, November 6, 2015

The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Dweck - Book Review

About The Book:

Bestselling author Nicole Dweck brings to life one of history's greatest yet overlooked stories of love and resilience. In 2002, thirty-two-year-old Selim Osman, the last descendant of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, flees Istanbul for New York. In a twist of fate, he meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand the father she barely knows. Unaware that the connection they share goes back centuries, the two feel an immediate pull to one another.  But as their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, the heroic but ultimately tragic decision that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear Hannah and Selim apart. From a sixteenth-century harem to a seaside village in the Holy Land, from Nazi-occupied Paris to modern-day Manhattan, Nicole Dweck's The Debt of Tamar weaves a spellbinding tapestry of love, history, and fate that will enchant readers from the very first page. 

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved the beginning of this book. Set in the early 16th century, author Nicole Dweck spins a story of romance, danger, and faith into a beautiful tapestry of a tale that is truly unforgettable. I loved the intriguing characters, the history of the persecuted Jews of Spain, and the adventure of the main characters escaping to Istanbul where they were welcomed with open arms.
That is the first part of the book.
The second part, while carrying on aspects of the previous portion, becomes a bit disjointed as the story bounces back and forth between 2002 and the 1950s. Dweck continues the story through a present-day character and an older character from post World-War II. You almost need a family-tree chart to keep everyone straight. In the end, the tale does all come together, but it is an adventure in itself getting there.
I enjoyed the book, just thought it could have been tied together a little more neatly. Given the right treatment, this story would make a fascinating movie! 
About The Author:
NICOLE DWECK holds a BA in Journalism and a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from NYU. When The Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was self-published, it became a USA Today bestseller and received honorable mention in Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards. She lives in New York City with her husband and their son.

My thanks to Thomas Dunne Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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