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  • Posted October 27, 2013

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    There aren't many Hanukkah romances out there. I can think of ma

    There aren't many Hanukkah romances out there. I can think of maybe one (Light Me Up by Rebecca Royce) I am sure there are others but they are few and far between so I was thrilled when I found out that Heather Long was going to give it a try. This, like so many of her Marine stories, will run you through a gamut of emotions. This is a second chance love story that is enhanced by the season. It is obvious that the author has done her research and has given the characters and the holiday her respect. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this story but it doesn't hurt either.

    The author has stated that portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to Toys For Tots.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Great story

    Great story

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    A Candle for A Marine is a well-written, realistic love story be

    A Candle for A Marine is a well-written, realistic love story between Isaac and Zehava. Eight years after leaving home for boot camp Isaac returns to celebrate Chanukah with his family. You learn that the reason that Isaac has not returned is his old girlfriend Zehava. They were high school sweethearts who grew up together in the same suburb of Dallas. Isaac, knowing he needed to make something of himself and feeling a higher calling enlisted in the Marines. While he was in boot camp Zehava tells him she is pregnant -- he wants to marry her -- she says no -- she is not ready for that and that they cannot provide for the child and she is going to put it up for adoption. Isaac is very angry with her decision. Isaac is deployed, receives the adoption paperwork and grudgingly signs it (all the while still angry at Zehava and the circumstances). This story shows the choices, heartbreak and eventual understanding of Isaac and Zehara as they see each other again, re-discover each other and come to be at peace with the life decisions that they made as teenagers.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Eight years. That was the length of time that separated Zehava

    Eight years. That was the length of time that separated Zehava Elbaz and Marine Sergeant Isaac Janko. Eight years and the fact that she gave their baby up for adoption. I have read many holiday-themed reunion stories over the years. NOTHING prepared me for the poignant reunion in A Candle for a Marine. As I wrote this review, I continued to dry my tears.

    When Isaac joined the Marine Corps, he was ill-prepared to receive the news that his high school girlfriend, Zehava was pregnant. When she reached out to let him know she had bravely decided to place the baby up for adoption, he angrily lashed out at her. That was their final conversation. In the years that followed, Zehava created a community center where the neighborhood’s children could have a safe place to stay, while their parents worked. Isaac served our country, in some of the most dangerous places on Earth, while his community proudly kept up with his career and prayed for his safe return. A Candle for the Marine, found him taking much needed leave and going home to see his family.

    Over the eight days of Hanukkah, two beautifully broken, yet incredibly strong characters began the process of forgiveness and healing. Isaac’s Nona (grandmother) was his “tough love,” advocate who helped him dig through layers of hurt and resentment, to his unresolved feelings about Zehava and their child. Zehava, who built a wall around her heart, opened herself up to the possibility of trusting Isaac, again. Their reunion was deeply emotional, exposing their heartbreak. Layers of pain were peeled away to give a new, adult, dimension to their love. Their sex was steamy, as this was a Heather Long story, after all.

    I appreciated that Ms. Long brought back Shannon (from Her Marine) and Zach (from Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here and No Regrets, No Surrender) further establishing the interconnectedness of the “Always a Marine” series. A Candle for the Marine, marked the beginning of a new happily ever after for Zehava and Isaac and I look forward to hearing about them or seeing them in future stories.

    Proceeds from this book will benefit “Toys for Tots,” so please buy this book and give it to your friends. Not only was the story the perfect reminder of why we celebrate holidays, but each purchase will help Marines continue to inspire hope for those in our communities who need it the most – children.

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