Hand of Miriam

A Bayla and the Golem Novel, Volume 1
Narrated by: Doro Jillings
Series: A Bayla and the Golem Novel, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Publisher's Summary

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or "knowing eye". Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem - a mythical man of clay who protected the Jewish community more than three centuries ago. 

The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom - by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet Bayla challenges his mind, body, and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?  

Besides dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors, and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel. Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

©2013 Eva Gordon (P)2018 Eva Gordon

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Hand of Miriam is the interesting tale of a woman suddenly thrust into the supernatural world who wakes a golem to protect her from the dangers of that world. The book took a bit to keep my attention, by the middle it started getting my attention. I would not recommend listening to it while working. You need to be able to pay attention to the details. There is action galore starting straight away from the beginning and going non-stop until the end, but it is the twist and turns that you don't see coming that will keep you reading or in my case listening past your bedtime. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. The main character was a bit annoying at times, but not so much that I couldn't enjoy the overall experience. The narration is done well. 

**I received this Audible book free in exchange for an honest review.**  

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Wow

This book is so not what I expected it to be it was better if that’s possible. With a very strong female lead that really didn’t have any major girlie moments even though there where times when there could have been. I also loved how the start of the book eventually ties in all into one happy package. It was written in a way that fate was always going to have its way. With loveable characters, and yes a few that we may not have liked I feel in love with this book.
Doro Jillings was the narrator on this book and it’s the first book I’ve heard her narrate for and she’s done a brilliant job.

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Hand of Miriam

Fantastic series and loved it. Eva is one of my favorite authors and everything she writes is fantastic and entertaining. Narrator did a fantastic job also on this.

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It's not a bad listen. the angst scenes were a bit repetitive. but good overall.

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Historical, Steampunk, Paranormal, Romance

Hand of Miriam is the interesting tale of a woman suddenly thrust into the supernatural world who wakes a golem to protect her from the dangers of that world.

Bayla is the woman who can suddenly see werewolves, vampires and all sorts of otherworldly creatures. In addition, through touch, she can see into a person’s heart and know if they are lying or are guilty of evil. The police appreciate her help in tracking down perpetrators, but eventually, Bayla must fall back to a safe place.

In her country manor, she finds and wakes the golem Gesher. When she immediately grants him freedom, his wish to return to the heavens seems within reach.

I loved both of these characters, Bayla and Gesher. Each has their own past and motivations that may or may not coincide with the growing attraction between them. While I cheered for Gesher to get his wings back, I also wanted the romance for a HEA for all!

There are many things that will come between them, force them together and then separate them once again. A predictable villain with a villainous device provides most of the conflict, along with a new take on the origin of Jack the Ripper

According to Hand of Miriam, angels are Jewish, which surprised me. I rather think they have their own rituals which may or may not resemble the rituals of Earth’s religions. Still, I enjoyed the Jewish myth and tradition embedded into the story.

Narrator Doro Jillings rushed the pacing, but eventually I adapted to her pleasant voice and storytelling.

Hand of Miriam is a little bit steampunk and a little bit paranormal. It is a lot historical. Mostly it is adventure and romance.

Through Story Origin, the author provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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Very Interesting!

Hand of Miriam is a unique and fascinating story, entailing Jack the Ripper shrouded in the mysticism of the Jewish role. Set in the Victorian era, I found the storyline to be engaging with compelling characters. The plot is well developed, packed with drama, suspense, and adventure. The romantic interplays between Bayla and Gesher are charming, I thought they were great together.

Eva Gordon's writing is clever, clear, and precise. I founded the humor to be dry and brilliant; I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration by Doro Jillings is excellent. Her telling is done in a way that will draw the listeners into this story.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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This One's for the Serious Scholar of Jewish Lore

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Not being familiar with Jewish History and Mythology, quite a lot of the story was a jumble of repeated Victorian gender relation morals. Once getting past that and into the "meat" of the story, we find yet another tale of Jack the Ripper wrapped up in occult mysticism. No discrimination intended in any way, but it was largely a huge muddle. On the plus side, the non-steampunk aspects of the history verified as accurate upon research. The book seems to be well enough written though having a somewhat obscure plot.

While the story itself was tolerable, if somewhat repetitive, the narration fell somewhat flat. The narrator, while sounding appropriately British, still managed to mangle some minor aspects of the English language (ie pronouncing aka as a word rather than the a.k.a. abbreviation for "also known as"). She also had a very minimal range of character voices, often using the same handful for multiple characters.

Anyone more familiar with Jewish tradition and lore might enjoy it.

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Wonderful dry humor.

This book was off the wall good it had a little bit of everything fantasy, paranormal, past lives, myths, angels, sadness, and joy how the author was able to put so much into this book is amazing. The author wrote it with such a wonderful dry humor. The one really brilliant thing the author did was get Doro Jillings to do the narration she put a wonderful twist into the piece. I highly recommend read, listen, or do both you will not go wrong. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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Intriguing and Original

I enjoyed the story of the Hand of Miriam I thought it was intriguing and different. I had no idea what a golem was before reading this book. The storyline flows well and had no difficulty holding my attention. I enjoyed the romance aspect of this action-packed adventure I thought it was touching and well done.

The characters were very well defined, likable and engaging. This was an intriguing story of golems, angels, and demons as well as other supernaturals. Gesher was a strong character and it was amusing when he tried to understand the customs of the time.

I liked the relationship between Miriam and Gesher, I thought they were good together. There was enough danger, twists and turns in the story to hold the listener's attention and add to the overall enjoyment and I'm looking forward to what comes next for Gesher and Miriam as the series progresses.

The narrator is one I haven't listened to before and overall she did a good job although there one or two times I found myself wondering who was speaking, but maybe it was just me.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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This audio will go hand in hand with your ears

I’ve listened to a few Eva audio and read a few ebooks . This one is different then the others that I listened to . It’s full of mystery and many different levels . It’s more like a story with a twist on the Paranormal. It’s on a remake of an old legend, called Golem of Prague . It’s a take on a Jewish story . Eva wrote this a bit different then her normal paranormal.

Heroine is Bayla
Golem was called about by a Rabbi to protect the people from demons or evil spirits . Bayla needs the protection once she does something strange during an exploration.
Does Bayla figure out how to activate the protection.

Doro performance was good . First time I listened to her . Her British accent was good . Her voice is steady and strong

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  • A D.
  • 11-29-18

Best of Steampunk,Paranormal,Adventure & Romance!

Eva Gordon is a fabulous storyteller. She creates plots that are multidimensional and complex. This book is no different. It is my first Victorian steampunk book and I think I may be hooked to the genre.

At the start of the book, Bayla is an unconventional Jewish women with a deep interest in archaeology. She and her husband are on an expedition when she finds an amulet of the Hand of Miriam which fuses to her palm. Shortly after she, her husband, their colleagues are attacked by some sort of phenomenon and she finds herself a widow.

By fusing to Bayla, the Hand of Miriam gifts her with the ability to hear the evil intentions and thoughts of others. She can also easily identify non-humans. She initially helps the London police in capturing criminal until the criminals start targeting her.

Her husband left her a significant collection of archaeological finds, including a box that is the key to awaken a golem, a protective creature made of clay. Over the millennia, this golem has been woken to protect the Jewish people from persecution, etc. Now he must protect Bayla. And who is the Golem? He is Gesher, a fallen avenging angel who has to live out his sentence as a golem until his master or mistress gives him permission to break the box that confines him. Bayla grants him his freedom and their adventure begins.

This book is filled with immortals, angels, demons, wraiths, vampires, werewolves, secret societies and more. At no point is the listener given the chance to be bored. The plots momentum builds to an astounding crescendo, leaving me gasping for more. Luckily, while this book appears to be stand-alone (without a cliffhanger), it is, in fact, only the beginning of the series (Yeah!!!)

Doro Jillings does an incredible job of narrating this book. She really breathes life into the story, giving Gesher a larger than life voice to match his larger than life personality, and Bayla her strong, educated Victorian woman lilt.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 11-27-19

Can’t wait for the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Really enjoyed this book all sorts of twists and turns left no time to get bored . The added storyline of Jack the Ripper made it even more enjoyable .

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 11-16-19

Quite good

This was a good enough story but I found that it dragged quite a bit in the middle and could have been a bit shorter. It picked up again towards the end. I really liked the beginning of this novel. It was full of mystery and drama as we were introduced to the characters.

I enjoyed the mix of mythical creatures and Victorian London at the time of the Ripper murders. It was a good premise for lots of action and drama.

Bayla was an interesting and likeable character but I would have liked to read the stories where she helped the police to solve crimes rather than just being told this is what she did.


Although the romantic scenes and dialogue had me cringing there was plenty of adventure and suspense to hold my attention and keep me entertained.

The steampunk elements were fun and including Jewish history and culture in the storyline made it more interesting.

The narrator did a good job and I will probably listen to the next book when it comes out on Audible.

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  • Ian
  • 10-15-19

Very enjoyable.

I received a free review copy of this book and i am voluntarily leaving a review.

I quite enjoyed this book, it's got plenty of depth and the story keeps you engaged, thrilled and thurally entertained. The characters are great and very likeable.
It's brilliantly written and the narration is flawless.
I would most definitely recommend this to anyone.
10/10.