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Fresh Water for Flowers
Valerie Perrin
Paperback | May 2021
sold out $25.50
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A Letter from Paris
Louisa Deasey
Paperback | Jun 2020
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The Night Gate
Peter May
Hardcover | Mar 2021
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The Devil's Trick
John Boyko
Hardcover | Apr 2021
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Magdalena
Wade Davis
Hardcover | Sep 2020
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The Patient Assassin
Anita Anand
Hardcover | Jun 2019
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Crossroads
Kaleb Dahlgren
Hardcover | Mar 2021
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Maiden Voyages
Sian Evans
Paperback | Jan 2021
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The Falcon Thief
Joshua Hammer
Paperback | Feb 2021
in store $23.00
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Paperback | Sep 2016
in store $19.95

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 The Convert By Stefan Hertmans
Reviewed by Barry Mutter



 

This is a story about an eleventh century noblewoman who as a young woman chose to leave her comfortable life and follow her heart. She chose love over status. She chose the life of a fugitive over the life of prestige. Her love for a man tore her from her God and her people. This is also a story about a twenty-first century author obsessed with the mystery of a medieval girl who converted from Christianity to Judaism and suffered the perils of that decision. Both characters, Medieval and Modern, paid a price for their obsession.


The book is brilliantly written. It moves back and forth in time and captures the reader with each move. The story is a love story and a tragedy. You cannot read this book without suffering an overwhelming emotional connection to a young mother on the run. Her courage, her resilience, her maternal instincts draw her, and the reader, further into a life fraught with danger and violence. This is a true story. Through diligent research, and a contemporary trip replicating the journey of the young Norman Jewess, Stefan Hertmans reimagines her life. This book will have an impact on you.
 

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