By Nomi Eve
Hello my friends. I have been stuck on Ebay trying to grab a bargain. I love Ebay and I hate Ebay. It is only fun when you win. These near misses are frustrating!! Check this one out it is hot off the press!!!
I obtained this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book was released on August 12, 2014, by Scribner publisher’s. Nomi has also written a book called The Family Orchard. I have not read this one yet (as if I might have time to read it in this lifetime LOL). This book is a historical fiction book based on real times and real events of the Middle East in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Nomi Eve’s vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920, when Adela Damari’s parents desperately seek a future husband for their young daughter. After passage of the Orphan’s Decree, any unbetrothed Jewish child left orphaned will be instantly adopted by the local Muslim community. With her parents’ health failing, and no spousal prospects in sight, Adela’s situation looks dire until her uncle arrives from a faraway city, bringing with him a cousin and aunt who introduce Adela to the powerful rituals of henna tattooing. Suddenly, Adela’s eyes are opened to the world, and she begins to understand what it means to love another and one’s heritage. She is imperiled, however, when her parents die and a prolonged drought threatens their long-established way of life. She and her extended family flee to the city of Aden where Adela encounters old loves, discovers her true calling, and is ultimately betrayed by the people and customs she once held dear (Netgalley).
Interesting that Muslim and Jewish brides both had Henna tattoos done. I thought that this was an Indian practice. There was a lot of clashing of cultures and beliefs in this book. This is the story of Adela a Yemenite Jew and her cousin Hani who are forever tided together through the art of Henna. A tale of love, betrayal and family ties this book keeps you reading till the end. I thought that the end was the best part of the book. The family is affected by WWII and the Jews are sent to Israel. I am ashamed to say that even with all the reading I have done concerning WWII I had never heard of Operation Magic Carpet. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.