Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing - Book 1

Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing - Book 1

by Paula Rose Michelson

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Fifteen-year-old Naomi wants to practice her faith in public, find her uncle, and help him raise enough money to bring their family to America. To accomplish this she agrees to companion a blind, old woman whose family plans to tour Europe and settle in the United States. Her plans are thwarted when the woman passes away aboard ship, and Naomi is handed over to immigration. While she awaits her interview, an old Tía comes to Naomi's rescue and offers to take her in. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Naomi agrees and unwittingly enters the country illegally.

This is Naomi's journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation and captivity to the noble status of heiress with a mission and responsibility many would shirk placed upon her shoulders. Along the way, she contends with piercing memories, hurtful loss, jealous opponents, a devious lawyer, and a curious priest. Through each step of this journey, she guards two secrets she dare not share with anyone, not even Chaz, the man she has married. Will she keep his love when he discovers who she really is? Find out in the first book of Paula Rose Michelson's saga, The House of Blessing.

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ISBN-13: 9781613461389
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Paula Rose Michelson wrote with brilliance her story of Naomi. To better understand the Spanish mind-set toward those of Jewish birth and faith, I recommend emphatically the reader peruse the Preface regarding Sephardic Voices as well as Historical Notes. This stunning historical information revealed intense research and study on Ms Michelson’s part that distinguish her talent and story above some others. Naomi, being forced to live a lie by omission of who she really is, we meet as a young teenage girl beginning a peculiar lonely life in a strange new world. Her former world in Spain created about her grievous conditions for all of Jewish heritage and faith. This cruel and fearful prejudice against their religion forcing them to join the Catholic Church or face persecution, possibly death was a historical fact unknown to me in my naiveté that I find despicable, however vital to Naomi’s story all inclusive in Spanish Harlem. Coming to the United States on a free passage with plans to companion the elderly lady she accompanied soon went awry when death takes the lady and Naomi is abandoned at Ellis Island. Facing deportment and trembling in terror at the unknown, God intercedes and sends old Tia, a compassionate woman that offers to give her residence in exchange for her services without wages. Seeing no other choice, Naomi accepts without the knowledge of now being an illegal immigrant. Paula Rose Michelson weaves intriguing stories within stories about the residents of Spanish Harlem and their respectful adoration toward the mistress of the Villa, Tia’s friends and those employed by her to run businesses in the community knew little about Naomi. They believed her to be just another of Tia’s “ninas” sheltered from deportation in the Villa. Little did neither they nor Naomi know what Tia has in the offing for them all. Eventually, mystery, suspense and intrigue grow intense when the old Tia (named Madre Vida) nears death and wills the Villa and all its responsibilities to Naomi. Madre Vida whispered many secrets of the Villa to Naomi, and revealed to her where she could find all the instructions she would need to run the Villa as Tia did at immigration saving the little ninas as Naomi was saved. Overwhelmed and frightened by all the turn of events, Naomi learns Tia had been planning Naomi as her replacement all along. With her fate sealed, Naomi considers this is the mission God equipped her for and stands strong, her fear of being discovered as a Jew in Spain still a haunting cloud. She determined with her inheritance of wealth and good reputation that no one would dare question her heritage. She began to feel freedom. Alas, Padre Paul the Catholic priest and Madre Vida’s attorney Ralph Martinez become skeptical over Tia’s choice of Naomi as her successor and schemed to assure she would not be led astray. They agreed that Tia’s work must continue and decided to “marry Naomi off” to the right man with wealth and security. They set about finding the right potential husband for Naomi. Thus begins the sweet love story between Chaz and Naomi. Not that this union was without complications. Evil lurks within the Villa with the arrival of Lola – a teenage girl rescued by Naomi at the most inopportune time. Lola intended to seduce Chaz and win him away from Naomi. Trampish and deceitful, Lola sets about snooping to find what would discredit Naomi. During my time spent reading this script, I argued aloud at the characters, trying to change their actions and reactions until I became hoarse and even woke my husband at night with my vocal cheering and recriminations. The depth of Paula Rose Michelson’s imagination mingled with her knowledge of complicated truth in history made for one of the most interesting novels I’ve yet read. The conclusion of this story is one big hook of bait the size of an anchor – and you’ll be hooked!! You need to get Casa de Naomi, Book Two to find out what happens, or hang around until May when I’ll be reviewing Book Two! To Paula Rose Michelson, I say WHEW, What a story! Praise God for blessing you with compassion for such a situation. (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
AuthorJimHughes More than 1 year ago
Casa de Naomi is book that will captivate you as you enter into the world of Spanish Harlem and immigration. But, be forewarned, things are not as they seem to be. Author Paula Michelson has interwoven her faith into the life of her characters in a very interesting way. You will find this book hard to put down as you will want to know what is coming next. Follow the development of Naomi from a frightened teen-age girl all alone in a new land called Spanish Harlem to that of a prominent figure impacting the lives of those whom she grew to love and who grew to love her. I believe you will, like I did, enjoy thoroughly Casa de Naomi.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Paula Rose Michelson in her new book, “Casa de Naomi” Book One in the The House of Blessing series published by Tate Publishing brings us into the life of Naomi. From the back cover: Casa de Naomi Fifteen-year-old Naomi wants to practice her faith in public, find her uncle, and help him raise enough money to bring their family to America. To accomplish this she agrees to companion a blind, old woman whose family plans to tour Europe and settle in the United States. Her plans are thwarted when the woman passes away aboard ship, and Naomi is handed over to immigration. While she awaits her interview, an old Ti­a comes to Naomi’s rescue and offers to take her in. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Naomi agrees and unwittingly enters the country illegally. This is Naomi’s journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation and captivity to the noble status of heiress with a mission and responsibility many would shirk placed upon her shoulders. Along the way, she contends with piercing memories, hurtful loss, jealous opponents, a devious lawyer, and a curious priest. Through each step of this journey, she guards two secrets she dare not share with anyone, not even Chaz, the man she has married. Will she keep his love when he discovers who she really is? Find out in the first book of Paula Rose Michelson’s saga, The House of Blessing. It is not often you get invited into someone’s life and home and get to listen to all as their secrets and watch as their life unfolds before you. ”Casa de Naomi” isn’t just a book it is someone allowing you to move in with them and live closely with them. That is how real Ms. Michelson has made her characters, events and situations. Naomi is a real person, Chaz is a real person. Each of them has thoughts and feelings that are unsaid due to the fact that Naomi has secrets, secrets that she keeps even from Chaz. Secrets that threaten to destroy them. This is a magnificent story and it is just the beginning of the series. This is a story of religious intolerance and antisemitism. This is a story of how responsibility and family. And this is a romance. ”Casa de Naomi” is a lot of fun. You will want time to sit and enjoy your reading this book. You will not want to be hurried. It is that good! I liked this book and recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from the author for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Naomi practiced her Jewish faith with a sincere heart. The only problem was she could not do it in public. She left her family in Spain for America so she could live her faith without ridicule in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Naomi’s plan was to find her Uncle in hopes of helping him earn money to bring her family to America. What a journey Naomi travels. She has many hidden secrets. She has to be very careful not to be caught practicing her Jewish faith. If she were caught, she would be sent back to immigration. Because of this, she lives an isolated life. Naomi loves her God and loves her Tia that took her in. Naomi’s agreement with her Tia is to stay and work off her debt. Her plans are to leave as soon as she fulfills that agreement. Her heart’s desire is to find her Uncle and work toward bringing her family to America. Oh how she misses her family. As the story unravels, unseen things happen in Naomi’s life. Will she survive the people who are out to hurt her and the one who finally betrays her? Will Chaz the husband she married forgive her for the secrets she kept from him? This is a book that you can’t put down. The story draws you in and it seems as though you are walking in Naomi’s shoes. I found myself so engrossed in this book. My emotions were all over the place. I am rooting for Chaz and Naomi. Will their love be enough to save their marriage? I hope to find out in book two of The House of Blessing! My thanks to the author Paula Rose Michelson for such a captivating story line. I actually learned a lot about the Jewish faith while reading this book. Thank you Paula for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.