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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer

 Release Date - August 9, 2022

It's during a live broadcast that Dara Rabinowitz's Bubbe Miriam blurts to the world that the organized founder of the Jewish dating app, J-Mate, even has a list of her "Perfect Jewish Husband." For Chris Steadfast, it could be exactly what he needs to save his job. He's just learned that the news channel is about to pull his show, and after uprooting his daughter to NYC following her mother's tragic death, he cannot go through another move.

It's for that reason that Chris and his producer take all of the social media buzz to heart and ask Dara to let them find the guy that checks ever item on her wish list. They'll broadcast each date on the way to finding Mr. Perfect. A man who...

  • Is a doctor or lawyer
  • Not previously married and doesn't have kids
  • And is Jewish and, most importantly, one who who follows Jewish laws, especially the Kosher diet

It's proving harder than Chris first imagined. Each date keeps falling victim to unexpected, and completely unplanned situations (think a honey bee stuck in Dara's hair). The bigger issue, Chris is falling for Dara, but he doesn't check any of her boxes, so he knows it's a moot point.

I loved Jean Meltzer's The Matzah Ball. Mr. Perfect on Paper is just as warm and inviting. It's packed with humorous touches and likable characters, even if Dara was a little blind to true love at times. Still, I couldn't put it down and was delighted as the romance played out in delightfully unexpected ways. It's been cooler and rainy here in Vermont, and this was the perfect romance to curl up with over a hot cup of tea.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

 Release Date - September 28, 2021

With many Christmas romances out there, The Matzah Ball was a refreshing change of pace. I'm not Jewish, so I did spend some time hitting certain words on my Kindle to get a definition, but that wasn't a big deal. Context usually made it clear.

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt hides a secret from her parents. She's actually a bestselling author of Christmas romances. When she learns her publisher is not extending her contract, she's stunned. She needs the income, and that leads to her proposal. She'll write a Jewish romance, even though Hannukah doesn't lend itself to the same magical atmosphere as Christmas does.

To pull it off, she needs a ticket to attend a sold-out Jewish dance. The music and festivities may be exactly what she needs to find the magic for her new book. The problem is the event's host and organizer is her archenemy, Jacob Greenberg.

Jacob broke her heart when they were 12. She hasn't seen him in decades, but she's not about to forgive his actions. Meanwhile, he's the key to her securing a ticket to the soldout event. Something weird happens though. She starts to see the magic in Hannukah, and that leads to her wondering if she's had it all wrong.

The Matzah Ball is a lighthearted, tender romance with humor and passion. It's obvious that Rachel had a bit of finding herself, maybe even a little growing up, to do. The blurb doesn't go into the truth about Rachel, but it brings up a chronic health condition that I have known about for over 20 years as a friend has it. I liked that it was approached with realism in this book. 

The other thing I loved was Jacob's grandmother. Toby sounds like a gem, and I'd love to spend time with her. Her rugelach sounded fantastic, even if it's not a healthy treat. I found myself longing for some every time it was brought up. I'll have to try my hand at making it this holiday season.

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith

 Release Date - October 25, 2022 After his dad's death, Adam Stillwater and his mom do everything in their power to keep the family...