ARC Review: The Matzah Ball

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

With Rosh Hashanah beginning tonight at sundown, I thought the perfect way to kick off the Jewish new year was by sharing my review for one of my favorite books, The Matzah Ball. This book was everything I could have wanted in a Hanukkah romance and there are not enough words to express how much I loved it!

I love Christmas-related things and movies, but being Jewish, I always felt guilty about liking them. Growing up, there were not a lot of Hanukkahbooks and movies, and even though I didn’t celebrate the holiday, watching Christmas movies allowed me to experiencing some joy about the holiday. I could relate so much to Rachel with her love of Christmas and how she felt like she had to hide it from almost everyone.

The Matzah Ball is so much more than just a holiday romance book, it also details Rachel’s chronic illness and how she lives with it every day. There were so many points where Rachel could have given up and she pushed through, despite the protests of her body. From the start I loved how Meltzer portrayed Rachel in her personality and she is an easy character to root for. Jacob is also an easy character to like, while Rachel might not think so right away, he is truly a good guy who will do anything for those he cares about. I really enjoyed the conversations they had about Judaism and how the values related to their lives.

Thank you to Mira Books for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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