Rebekkah is married to a seemingly loving man who says he only wants to take care of her. The real love of Rebekkah’s life was paralyzed in a car accident that Rebekkah witnessed as a passenger in that car. She has kept her engagement ring and regularly secretly visits her ex-fiance’s family. Rebekkah is slowly pursuing her art career but feels hindered by her husband. His increasingly suffocating attentiveness and religious demands grate on her. Meanwhile the art gallery that represents Rebekkah suffers a break-in and the police are called in to solve the crime. Detective Rossi is attractive but brash as he deals with the art theft. There is an instant chemistry between Rebekkah and Rossi and a relationship begins as the case is investigated. Rebekkah is torn between her strong Jewish identity and a budding love for this Catholic detective. As Rebekkah learns more about her background and begins to stand up for herself she must confront some major life decisions. It is easy to identify with Rebekkah’s rehashing of the pros and cons of her issues. The story takes place in Brooklyn’s Park Slope and in Manhattan and the author describes these venues vividly. This is a fast, colorful read, also suitable for young adults.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams, mom, grandmom, avid reader, sometime writer, born in Havana, raised in Brooklyn, residing in Long Beach on Long Island. Longtime former One Region One Book chair and JBC liaison for Nassau Hadassah, currently presenting Incident at San Miguel with author AJ Sidransky who wrote the historical fiction based on her Cuban Jewish refugee family’s experiences during the revolution. Fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, certified hatha yoga instructor.