Review: Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern

Miracles and Menorahs is a book that is as sweet as the soofganiyot lattes that its heroine lives off of in it. You won’t want to miss this fabulous Hanukkah 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? (Goodreads)

I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. We are also mutuals on Twitter. This has not impacted my review of Miracles and Menorahs.

Miracles and Menorahs need content warnings many attempts at Christmas-washing a Hanukkah festival, mentions of anti-Semitism (always fought against on page), and discussion of past natural disasters.

Hollowville is the perfect small town complete with well-meaning nosy neighbors, busybody bubbes and a pain in the ass member of the town leadership who wants to make this incredibly Jewish town a lot more Christian.

The Hanukkah festival that makes up most of the plot for this romance is honestly amazing. I loved learning about its history and how that history impacted their town in so many different ways. I am not Jewish, but I would love to be able to be a part of so many parts of the festival. It was so easy to fall in love with it in addition to our heroines.

I look forward to seeing what comes next in this series, because I loved all of the side characters on both sides of this relationship. It seemed like museum curator Anna would be the obvious choice, but I’d love to know more about Isaac’s friends as well.

My only complaint about this is that I wanted a little more groveling on Isaac’s part after the dark moment. Who says “ah yes, this thing is very time sensitive. She needs to know this before a certain time! let me send her an email and then just make sure my grandma knows!”

C’mon, Isaac. That’s not reasonable and you know it. With that being said, I did love that they both looked at the situation with fresh eyes and decided to be much more clear in their expectation and communication with each other. It was an excellent resolution leading to a wonderful happy-for-now ending.

You can pick up a copy for yourself through Amazon through our affiliate links. I highly recommend adding it to your shelf.

 

ABOUT MIRACLES AND MENORAHS*

Title: Miracles and Menorahs

Series: Friendships & Festivals #1

Author: Stacey Agdern

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Length: 220 Pages

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance

Representation: Jewish cis female main character, Jewish cis male main character, widely Jewish community, 

 

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