Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Review: Miracles and Menorahs (Friendships and Festivals #1) by Stacey Agdern


Sarah Goldman loves Hanukkah, and she’s thrilled to be appointed as vice chair of the Hollowville Hanukkah Festival. So when the festival is threatened with cancellation, she comes up with an idea: a new slogan and advertising campaign topped off with a metal menorah large enough to fill the center of town. But even though her heart and dreams are large, the committee’s budget constraints threaten to stop her grand plans right in their tracks.

Famous metal sculptor Isaac Lieberman also loves Hanukkah. But his vision of a perfect Hanukkah isn’t a commercial community event—it’s spending time with family, following age-old traditions. He’s not interested in the festival, no matter how many times his grandmother, his bubbe, asks him to contribute one of his sculptures.

Then Sarah comes tumbling into his life…can she change his mind about more than just the holidays?


My Review:

Hanukkah, Miracles and Romance

The future of Hollowville’s Hanukkah festival is in jeopardy and it’s up to Sarah Goldman, also known as the Hanukkah Fairy, to make it the best ever in order for it to continue for future generations.  Sarah is so desperate, she is willing to ask Isaac Lieberman, the artist she called a Hanukkah snob, for his help building a menorah for the center of town.  Isaac doesn’t want to be part of a festival.  He says it commercializes the holiday.   But with a little Hanukkah magic and a budge from Isaac’s friends and Bubbe, he agrees to create the menorah.  In the process, Isaac and Sarah fall in love. 

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  It was different form the usual holiday books I read.  I knew a little bit about Hanukkah and this book filled in the areas that I wasn’t familiar with.  It took me a little longer than usual to read this book as I was curious (and googled)  some of the terms used in it.  So, I got a good lesson there too.  I enjoyed the romance part of the story along with the friendship, family values and sense of community in Hollowville. 

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