The Dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman’s cover for The Dovekeepers attracted me first.  I recognized one of the ladies on it, and that drew me in for a closer look.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to reading it in spite of my curiosity.  I didn’t know if the topic could hold my interest.  To be honest, I was almost half through it when I realized I had to finish.

I was finally invested in the characters.  Shirah, the Witch of Moab, fascinated me, but no more than Yael, Aziza or Revka.  The lives of the four ladies intertwined in a web of destiny that none could escape.2016-04-19_0001

If you are remotely interested in Biblical history and women’s roles, you should read The Dovekeepers.  Although this is fiction, it’s amazing to consider the possibilities.

Holiday Box

Bela and I were thrilled to get our Try the World box today.  The contents were truly international.  We got some mouth watering items.  My personal favorite (that we have not yet opened) is the box of French TRUFFLES!  The Swedish ginger snaps are a close second.  Then there are the cookies from Morocco and the panattone from Italy….we should have enough snacks to last us a while.  Maybe.

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One of us is sure to try the Italian hazelnut cream or the Brazilian Acai Dessert Sauce over bread or yogurt (or maybe ice cream) soon.  Since Bela has been drinking tea lately, the Ruby Red Restorative Winter Calming Tea from the United Kingdom is definitely hers.  I will also soon cook with the extra virgin olive oil from Israel.

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I appreciate the recipes and serving suggestions that come inside every box.  There was even a list of suggested music to accompany the foods in this box!  Wouldn’t a Try the World subscription be an amazing school gift?  Maybe I could use these in my foreign language classes!

Talk among yourselves….I hear the siren song of chocolate truffles!