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An Unorthodox Match

A Novel
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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An Unorthodox Match is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from author Naomi Ragen, the international best-selling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.

California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

©2019 Naomi Ragen (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Learning More about Judaism through a Good Story

I’m not Jewish so I was very interested in all the details (the good and the bad) about the various orthodox groups that exist in Judaism. I also found it interesting to be exposed to so many Yiddish expressions, which not everyone would enjoy I’m guessing. The story was very compelling and the learning aspects were nicely woven into the lives of a variety of Jewish characters.

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Cannot wait for a sequel!!

I really have to say that Naomi Ragen is one of my favorite authors. I heard her speak recently in Davie, Florida, and was further impressed. I have a single daughter and was hoping the flower shop owner was still available. He sounds adorable!!

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DNF

Chapter 3 was as far as I got. I wanted to like this book, I am watching Mrs Maisel and have a good time. Unfortunately the characters felt forced. The female wants to be a wife in this life style. There is a man who’s wife passed away and cannot take care of himself. Not very much else to the recipe. I was hoping for like able characters and charming dialog but after 3 chapters I felt no desire to invest any more time into them.

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Naomi did it again!

A true live story, an a beautiful religious awakening. Naomi Ragen always captures the souls of her characters. I always admire the women in her books, but in this one I fell in love with Yakov