Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: An Unorthodox Match by Namoi Ragen

An Unorthodox Match
by Naomi Ragen

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

Kritters Thoughts:  An interesting take on the romance genre that was different from anything I had previously read.  Lola had everything lined up and a few things sent her life into a tailspin and she decides to take a big turn and trying something new and see if it is the right place for her.  She decides to dive deep into the religion that her mother abandoned as a child and finds a community that really envelopes her.  

At the same time that Lola is changing her life, Jacob is trying to survive as a widower with a lot of small children who are having a real hard time with the death of their mother.  Lola enters their life at the right moment and changes their lives forever.

With all romance stories, the ending is a given, but the journey is the reason for the story.  Of course in this book, I completely knew where we were going to end, but had no clue how it was going to get there.  I liked the uniqueness of this book and how it felt so far from anything I had read before.  I weirdly loved learning about orthodox religions and how hard it is to live in a country that is so far different from the beliefs that you want to live.  

I would read another one by this author, but this would be one of those types of books that I would only read a few each year.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 42 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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