Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy is a contemporary romance set in New York City. It is about three young Orthodox Jewish women who are trying to find happiness and make their families happy too.
This is a good read. The story moves quickly and you get involved with the characters and want everything to turn out well for them.
The whole way of life in this story seems strange to me. For one thing I have never lived in anything even close to a city…even now I live outside of what can only be called a mid size town (25k population). So just the fact of them living in one of the largest cities in the world would make them seem different.
The fact of them being Orthodox Jews and having so many rules of how they can behave…that is really different. I didn’t know there were so many differences before reading this book. The girls in this book definitely had a much harder time with growing up than I did.
I enjoyed learning about how they live and deal with all the rules and hassle of city life. Some of the situations were funny. Some of them seem tragic (an abusive relationship).
If you like contemporary romance you will probably like this book.
About the book (from the back cover) :
For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules … especially when you’re falling in love.
But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it’s especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy—any guy!—before marriage. No dating—unless they are considering marriage—and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents’ checklists.
All Rachel’s mother wants for her daughter is to see that her daughter marries well. Naturally, this is where the rich, Columbia University educated lawyer comes in. The problem is, Rachel’s already found a guy who makes her heart race. A Rabbi. But how could a struggling Rabbi possibly give Rachel the security her mother demands?
Hindy is very pious and only wants to marry a Talmud scholar. The problem is, she’s in love with an Orthodox Jewish guy she works with. How long can she keep saying no when her heart says yes? And will she be able to stick to her values amidst temptation?
Leah wants to be a doctor, but her mother insists she study computers even though she hates computers. Her mom, a struggling immigrant, has fixed ideas about the course to success and marriage—which doesn’t include any of Leah’s wishes. What will it take for Leah to break out of her mom’s—and community’s—expectations and follow her dreams?
In Brooklyn Love, three Orthodox Jewish women who are caught between crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be “normal” are there for each other as they try to figure out who they really are … and what they really want.
About the Author :
Yael Levy holds a degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A freelance illustrator and journalist, Yael has been published in numerous venues, most notably The Jerusalem Post. A native New Yorker, Yael currently resides in Georgia with her family.