The protagonist in this modern love story is Marc, a nerdy 17-year-old boy who eagerly anticipates high school graduation and attending Northwestern. All Marc’s dreams are dashed when his parents are killed. His world is shattered and faces an uncertain future; orphaned and friendless.
Marc soon learns though he traveled a great distance to escape his problems they still remained. Loyal friendships save her life as she is finding comfort in her own body. This story will be sure to inspire so many who question their gender. The message of this tale is one of universal appeal as Marci becomes a confident wife and mother.
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In the late sixties, the world experiences a counter revolution, rebelling against the devasting war in Vietnam and cultural norms. During these days of rage, the Soviets and U.S. seek to end the nuclear arms race. As a bargaining chip, the Nixon administration promises to support a free trade agreement while ignoring Soviet human and religious abuses.
In New York city, a young criminal attorney enters the fray after his shotgun wedding to the Rebbe’s
daughter. His father-in-law is a world renowned clandestine leader seeking religious freedom for
millions of Soviet citizens. The White House prosecutes the Rebbe as their scapegoat so the U.S. Soviet
trade agreement passes Congress.
The Nixon administration will use every legal tool orchestrated by an unscrupulous U.S. prosecuting
attorney to imprison the Rebbe and destroy the credibility of his movement.
Millions of lives rest on the outcome of the trial. The world watches, waiting for a courtroom verdict.
Two young lovers and an old Rebbe battle two world powers.
Bashert possesses many positives. Goldsmith has passionately and successfully drawn a picture of an average Jewish family’s life and beliefs in early times whilst maintaining the book’s coherence with important consideration to the protagonist’s romance and marriage. Though fictitious, the book is very much detailed such that one may be led to believe it to be real life events had it not been that the author provided a disclaimer of it being fictitious. The writer must therefore be commended for his historical accuracy as he deliberately and artistically narrates the immigration of Jews in the 1970s taking into account the important parties that were very much involved in that ordeal for example fellow Jews in America holding important posts in society.
More so, the book skillfully indulges the reader’s emotions with the aid of great word choice and series of life altering events that have been employed. Illustrations of Goldsmith employing life altering events include his application of Michael, the protagonist’s marriage to Shira and his father-in-law a Jewish rabbi’s incarceration. I also liked the fact that the writer’s work was in sync from the prologue up to the book’s ending. Goldsmith’s work possessed a smooth flow and excellent co-relation.
However, the author in the latter chapters of the book gave too much detailing that may have not been necessary. Details of what the lawyer, judge and prosecutor said in court during the Rav's trial are too much and not likely to be appreciated especially by readers who have little interest in legal issues.
I rate this book with a 4 out of 4 stars. This is because I find the book to be well put together in terms of the main themes and coherence and most importantly, I enjoyed reading the book. I recommend this book to romantics and lovers of historical fiction.