I have so many good things to say about this book! First, main character Emily is a joy! She finds herself in an unprecedented situation, and handles it with good humor, intelligence, and a lot more common sense than most people would have.
The story is told in three parts, with parts 1 and 3 focusing on Emily’s present-day situation and challenges, and part 2 revisiting her past and her parents’ divorce. All three parts were so well done that I was torn between wanting more of that timeline and being excited to see what happened next in the other one. Both stories were incredibly well-told and interesting. I particularly liked the way the childhood storyline was presented at just the right time to fill in some back story details I was starting to wonder about.
As an added bonus, much of the story is set in Israel. I haven’t read many books set there, and was interested to follow along with Emily as she explores various parts of the country. (She also explores various parts of her hotel, but that’s another issue…)
Honestly, this book has everything: family drama, revisiting a past romantic relationship, career issues, horses, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Someone, the author skillfully weaves all of that into one cohesive story, and everything works perfectly.
Side note: Read the acknowledgements at the end. The last bit is hilarious!
Second side note: If Ms. Maisel happens to read this review, I’d love to read sequels about:
- Zara’s college experience
- Rabbi Gold’s memoirs
- A children’s book about the adventures of Poco
Definitely 5 out of 5 superb cheese blintzes!