Blog Tour Stop: Papa’s Shoes by Madeline Sharples

Knowing that this story is fiction, it felt like it was a true story . . .

Synopsis for Papa’s Shoes

Papa’s Shoes, a work of fiction about immigration with a feminist and historical bent. At 99,968 words, Papa’s Shoes is a stand-alone novel with series potential.

Ira Schuman is determined to move his family out of their Polish shtetl to the hope and opportunities he’s heard about in America. But along the way he faces the death of three of his four sounds, a wife who does not have the same aspirations as his, and the birth of a daughter, Ava, conceived to make up for the loss of his boys. Ava grows up to be smart, beautiful, and very independent.

Besides having a feisty relationship with her overly-protective mother, Ava falls for the college man who directs her high school senior class play. With the news that she wants to marry a non-Jewish man, Ira realized that his plan to assimilate in the new world has backfired. Should the young couple marry, he must decide whether the banish his daughter from his family or welcome them with open arms. Even though he won’t attend their wedding, he makes her a pair a wedding shoes. In his mind, the shoes are simply a gift, not a peace offering.

I have to admit, I felt a little intimidated reading this book because it had Jewish words that I did not understand. But, that is what is so great about reading . . . You learn and your vocabulary grows.

Papa’s Shoes is a work of art, and again, I am adding it to the list of my favorite history books (even though it is fiction, to me, it still fits). I hope you enjoy it just as much as me. I give Papa’s Shoes ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for how beautiful it was written, and the connect I felt with the characters.

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Blog Tour Stop: Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman

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I have stated this before, if I was to list the number one topic in a book that I love to read, it is a true story . . .

Synopsis for Born Under Fire

Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering Evers affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist . . .

I love anything that has to do with anything in the past, or even another part of the world. This book brings both of them together in a beautifully written story that is dramatic, suspenseful, real-life trauma. So far, I have not read a historical book that I have not liked. I give the book ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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