Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Review: Shine a Light (Orchard Hill #1) by Rebecca Crowley

When Ellie Bloom’s life literally goes up in flames after an apartment fire, she slinks back to her sister’s house in the St. Louis suburb she’s avoided since her mom died. Ellie quickly caves to her nephews’ pleas to direct the temple Hanukkah play—her mom’s pride and joy—and by the time she’s lighting the first candle in her menorah, she doubts she’ll ever escape her hometown. And then she spots the cute fireman who rescued her lighting his own menorah in the window next door.

Firefighter Jonah Spellman may have dropped out of seminary, but he still has deep roots in his Jewish faith. Hoping to mend fences with his Rabbi father who can’t forgive his career change, Jonah agrees to direct the Hanukkah play, never expecting to clash with his beautiful, fire-starting new next-door neighbor.

By day they spar—Ellie’s desperate to live up to her mom’s legacy while Jonah’s driven to impress his dad. But by night they return to their secret candle-lighting ritual. Will their love burn as brightly as the Hanukkah flames? 


My Review:

A sweet romance during Hanukkah.

I had a hard time putting this book down.  My heart went out to Ellie when nothing seemed to be going as planned and then she ended up setting her kitchen on fire.  When fire fighter Jonah walked in, I couldn’t wait to see how their romance would start.  I enjoyed the scenes with them working together on the Hanukkah play and I especially loved the scenes where they met at their windows every night to light their menorahs.  For a while, it looked like they wouldn’t end up together, but in the end, they fell in love and got to live their dreams together.    



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