Powerful. This story is powerful. These women are powerful. The history is powerful. The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman is one of the most powerful books I have read in a very long time.
I actually know very little about the history of Israel, Jerusalem and the legend of Masada – the last stronghold of the Jews during the Roman siege in 73 AD. After reading this novel however, I am so intrigued to learn more about the plight of these people – a struggle that has continued for thousands of years.
A beautifully written tale weaving fact and fiction together, Hoffman creates four remarkable women who lead the reader through this turbulent, magical, bloody, faithful and powerful period of history. Each of these powerful women bring a different strength, different background, different loss and different love to Masada. The author uses Biblical history and the historical chronicle by Flavius Josephus, a Jewish rebel leader captured by the Romans. Through her meticulous research she captures the magic of the era and creates these characters, developing the story through their lives, as they each find themselves in Masada by different paths. Each women carries with her secrets and strengths that come to play in the final days of the bloody siege that will ultimately take the lives of more than 1000 men, women and children, and change the course of history.
Who survives in this amazing fictional tale of a real-life event? You must read The Dovekeepers to find out. Read it today. A fascinating and powerful novel.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five Stars for the The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
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