This book hit it out of the park for me! Meltzer has delivered a dream of a novel worthy of rereading more than once. Rachel Rubenstein is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she has written dozens of bestselling Christmas romances under the name Margot Cross. The daughter of a Jewish Manhattan power couple rabbi and doctor, she lives in fear she will be found out. Jacob Greenberg reenters her life after an 18 year abscence. They were first loves then bitterest enemies at summer camp when they were 12. Both have held a grudge all this time, but beneath it sparks fly. Rachel is also combatting chronic illness. Will Rachel learn to be true to herself and her family? Will she find true love? This is a clean romance I can hand to anyone and I love the Hanukkah happy ending!— Kelly
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"The Matzah Ball had me laughing out loud...an all-around terrific read."--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Oy to the world
Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she's hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.
But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah's not magical. It's not merry. It's not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel's determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy--Jacob Greenberg.
Though Rachel and Jacob haven't seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah--and Jacob--in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze.
"A luminous celebration of all types of love, threaded with the message that everyone is worthy of it."--Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk