Surrounded by strangers yet always alone, Israeli Jew Rivka Weinstein has a secret hidden in plain sight: an Auschwitz survivor’s bracelet. The Holocaust and her grandmother are ever present in her mind as she navigates life in Baltimore, Maryland as an interior decorator with cynicism and a stark defiance of Judaism. This crashes around her when a letter arrives from her cousin that holds the key to unlocking the closet incarcerating her heart. Grandma Levy knew about the child ripped from Rivka’s arms nineteen years prior and now Leah, that daughter, wants to know her real mother – and G-d. Leah’s return and a budding romance with handsome albeit religious Yosef Goldstein turn Rivka’s thoughts toward love, faith and Israel.
About the Author
Chaya Benady was born into a secular family and she is a “Ba’lat Teshuva”, a Jewish woman who has returned to Judaism. She has been walking this path for nearly a decade. Her husband is a Jew by choice – a convert. Her love of writing coupled with her ongoing Torah study and a steadfast commitment to Jewry has given birth to a new fiction series, her first in a humble attempt to share various joys and sorrows a Jewish community faces in a modern world. Chaya lives on the East Coast of the United States with her husband. She is also a mother, teacher, student and volunteer.