Melting Pot Challenge: Jewish Characters

Back in 2009 I was fortunate enough to see the television movie Loving Leah. In this film, Jake, a successful cardiologist, finds out that his elder brother has died. After the funeral, Jake learns that because his brother’s wife Leah has been left without children, they need to perform a ceremony called halizah in order to nullify a levirate marriage. It’s a fairly simple process and everyone is all set to go when Jake calls it off. He realizes that Leah is all he has left of his brother and he wants to hold on to her for just a few more months before they go their separate ways. Slowly, they realize that Benjamin gave them each one final gift with his parting: each other. Theirs was a slow, sweet romance and I absolutely loved it.

I then did what I always do when I love a movie – I looked for the book. Unfortunately, this movie isn’t based on one. I turned to romance, wondering if there were any novels available that matched the general premise of the film but couldn’t find any.

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A Golden Age for Inspirational Romance?

s prelude Last Friday on Twitter, I saw Wendy the Superlibrarian tweeting about how inspirationals have changed. No kidding! This is a development that has THRILLED me in recent years – not to mention adding some variety to my reading. I read Janette Oke books, Serenade Saga romances and some other inspirationals from the time I was in middle school, but as I got older, the content started to seem more and more staid. Romances with heroes and heroines who spent a lot of time preaching and did not so much as even THINK about the temptation of going beyond the occasional kiss were common. The very dated-looking covers didn’t really help matters. When looking at some of the inspirational offerings from the early 90s, one cannot help feeling as if both the editorial departments and the art departments were stuck in an idealized 1950s world.

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