Author: Nicole Dweck
Publisher: Devon House Press
Publish Date: July 1, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You like books that are split between different time periods.
- You're an armchair traveler.
From Goodreads.com: "During the second half of the 16th century, a wealthy widow by the name of Doña Antonia Nissim is arrested and charged with being a secret Jew. The punishment? Death by burning. Enter Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman "Schindler," and the most celebrated sultan in all of Turkish history. With the help of the Sultan, the widow and her children manage their escape to Istanbul. Life is seemingly idyllic for the family in their new home, that is, until the Sultan's son meets and falls in love with Tamar, Doña Antonia's beautiful and free-spirited granddaughter. A quiet love affair ensues until one day, the girl vanishes.
Over four centuries later, thirty-two year old Selim Osman, a playboy prince with a thriving real estate empire, is suddenly diagnosed with a life-theatening condition. Abandoning the mother of his unborn child, he vanishes from Istanbul without an explanation. In a Manhattan hospital, he meets Hannah, a talented artist and the daughter of a French Holocaust survivor. As their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, readers are taken back to Nazi-occupied Paris, and to a seaside village in the Holy Land where a world of secrets is illuminated.
Theirs is a love that has been dormant for centuries, spanning continents, generations, oceans, and religions. Bound by a debt that has lingered through time, they must right the wrongs of the past if they're ever to break the shackles of their future."
My Two Cents:
Are you looking to get absolutely sucked into a riveting book? Are you looking for historical fiction and memorable characters? If so, you should really check out "The Debt of Tamar." I ate through this book in two sittings and it definitely blew me away. This book takes place in several different time periods and has love, family, and secrets at its center.
I don't really know where to even start with this book. The first time period was definitely my favorite and I almost wish that the entire book had taken place during the first time period.The book really takes place in a few different time periods. I loved reading all of them but I especially loved the first time period, which takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. The other time periods were good but not nearly as interesting to me. The first time period was so filled with action and intrigue for me.
The family at the center of this novel are pushed into the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul specifically where they will have to make a new life for themselves. Jose and his wife come to this place where they do not know anyone. They are swept into court life by the Sultan and raise their daughter and grudgingly promise their daughter, Tamar, to the Sultan's son. Mystery ensues. I loved reading about court life under Sultan Suleimon. I have not read a lot about this time period in this part of the world so it was absolutely engrossing to me.
The settings are really amazing in this book. I loved reading about Istanbul. That seems like such a fascinating city and I would love to visit someday. I really liked Dweck's description of the place. I could definitely picture it from the descriptions.
The rest of the book was enjoyable but slowed down for me. I liked seeing how the secrets of Tamar's family affected the characters in later time periods as a nice tie-together.
Overall, this was a good read!
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