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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen


A Review by Wendy
4 Incredibly Insightful Stars
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Spoiler Free

No author wants a low scoring review. After all, writing books and then hitting that publish button is like giving birth. Once their creation is out in the world, all control is lost and how it is received is up to the reader. I mention this because I learned of this book through a review which crossed my feed. It had not been well received and I was curious as to why. I discovered it was on NetGalley and was lucky enough to get it.

Now this book may not be for everyone, but for me, I was drawn in from the start.
This had moments of clarity and insight. There were moments of pain. But above all else, if you stripped away all of the "extra verbiage and unique cultural nuances", it was a story about who we as people can either be generous and loving or hypocritical and cruel or actually a combination of all of the above.

Which is universal.

It was not perfect for me but it had a definite perspective and was willing to go all-in with it. If you were open-minded, there was much to learn...Again, there was a type of agenda presented...but as an openly religious book, that was to be expected.

For me, it made me think, analyze, be retrospective and appreciative. Any book that encourages all of those actions, is a positive one for me.

A gifted copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for an honest review


Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play. Naomi also publishes a regular column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israel.

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