Author: Eve Harris
Review by Shira Schindel for The Jewish Book Council
Chani and Baruch do not know one another, but they are about to wed.
Levy is obedient and religious, and makes his parents proud with his
keen Torah study, until the day he announces the name of the girl he’d
like to court. A quick forbidden glance to the women’s section
enthralled him with Chani Kaufman, and he won’t take no for an answer.
years old and increasingly frustrated with the obligations of her
Ultra-Orthodox community, Chani follows the only permissible route of
escape—getting engaged. Though she finds Baruch attractive in his
earnest, if fumbling, attempts at courting, she has no idea what to
As the couple navigates their path of parents,
matchmakers, and mikvehs, their closest confidants and friends explore
the romantic and sexual relationships possible within and without
marriage. Rebbetzin Zilberman remembers the sacrifices she made for the
man she loves, while Avromi explores a world previously forbidden. On
the outside, these characters are obedient and true to the traditions
they value, but from inside passions ignite and regrets long hidden are
reawakened, no longer willing to be ignored.
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