Miracles and Menorahs
by Stacey Agdern
Friendships & Festivals, Book 1
Tule Publishing (October 13, 2020)
Holiday Fiction/Multicultural Romance
Sarah Goldman loves Hanukkah, and she’s thrilled to be appointed as vice chair of the Hollowville Hanukkah Festival. So when the festival is threatened with cancellation, she comes up with an idea: a new slogan and advertising campaign topped off with a metal menorah large enough to fill the center of town. But even though her heart and dreams are large, the committee’s budget constraints threaten to stop her grand plans right in their tracks.
Famous metal sculptor Isaac Lieberman also loves Hanukkah. But his vision of a perfect Hanukkah isn’t a commercial community event—it’s spending time with family, following age-old traditions. He’s not interested in the festival, no matter how many times his grandmother, his bubbe, asks him to contribute one of his sculptures.
Then Sarah comes tumbling into his life…can she change his mind about more than just the holidays?
Miracles and Menorahs is centered around a small-town community and their annual Hanukkah festival. It brings together the towns “Hanukkah fairy” and a grandson of a local who is a talented sculpture who is against commercialization of the holiday. The two have a connection which is challenged with the lack of communication from the both of them. A very cute story and my first Hanukkah read. I was unfamiliar with quite a few of the terms used. Some I was able to define, others not. I did enjoy learning more about the customs and traditions woven throughout the storyline. Wonderful, interesting, and varied characters gave this story depth. I’m glad I was introduced to this new-to-me author.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (September 19, 2020)
ARC provided by author/publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacey Agdern has written for: ‘HEA‘ (Happily Ever After) USA today’s online romance blog, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Criminal Element, Romance at Random, Romantic Times Magazine and Barbara Vey’, Beyond Her Book, column at Publishers Weekly Online Site. She has been interviewed by the New York Times for her romance genre expertise and the phenomenal success of 50 Shades of Grey. She has also given presentations on the effective use of booksellers at regional and national conferences and is a two time award winner for her genre specific book selling.
She is a very proud member of both LIRW and RWA NYC where she previously held the chapter position of Vice President for one term. She lives not very far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility in New York City.