Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month With These Jewish Romances
Read a Jewish romance to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month!
Jewish Romance Novels
The month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month! Created in 2006, Jewish American Heritage Month "recognize[s] the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture." There are many ways to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, so we wanted to share a few great Jewish romance novels for you to enjoy this month!
It's important to have books that reflect your religion, culture, race, heritage, sexuality, and more. Diversity reflects the world we live in and should never be a foreign concept when it comes to fiction, and specifically romance novels in this case.
1. Leah's Choice by Patricia M. Jackson
Leah is a chemist who's come up with the perfect new bagel recipe. She's positive it's the recipe that will save the family bakery. The problem is convincing Ben, her Grandpa's head of operations and Leah's ex, that Leah knows what she's talking about.
After her Grandpa passes away, he tasked Leah with two things if she wants her inheritance. First, she has to save the ailing bakery. Second, she needs to get married within a year. It's a lot to ask of a person. What was Grandpa thinking?
Now Leah just needs to figure out how to save the bakery, find some poor schmuck to marry her within twelve months, and find a way to stop thinking about Ben. Simple, right?
2. Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless
At twenty-four, Carter Stevenson finds it best to go through life keeping his head down and avoiding people. With debilitating shyness caused by having a stutter and tics, Carter just finds life easier that way. His entire world is upended when Ethan Hart moves in next door.
It doesn't take long for Ethan to confess his love for Carter. Still, he's scared Carter will only see the brain damage he's suffered that makes him more in touch with his emotions that most people.
But Carter is scared to get involved with someone again. He's had his heart broken before. Somehow, Ethan will show Carter they make a great match, especially after Ethan receives heartbreaking news and goes to Carter for support.
3. Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole
After spending most of her life acting like a proper Black woman in 1961 and avoiding trouble, Sofronia Wallis truly finds who she is in the protests of the Civil Rights movement.
Boxer Ivan Friedman grew up knowing the horrors of injustice in the world. His Jewish parents made it out of Europe just before World War II. Because of this, Ivan decides to help fight the injustice in the U.S.
When Ivan and Sofie meet, sparks fly, and they discover they have more in common than they would have thought. With society attempting to push them apart, will they find a way to be together?
4. Willa and Hesper by Amy Feltman
Light and dark, that's Willa and Hesper. They have whirlwind romance until Hesper balks and decides it's safer to just shut Willa out. She decides to run to her grandfather's hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia. She wants to know her origin story, but her grandpa isn't around to share it with her any longer. In Tbilisi, Hesper discovers a fractured history.
Left heartbroken, Willa knows she needs to escape New York. She signs up to take a grip with other Jewish twentysomethings to visit German and Polish Holocaust sites, hoping the trip will somehow take her mind off Hesper. Instead, Willa is fast her ancestral past, and must now figure out the way forward.
5. True Pretenses by Rose Lerner
Ash Cohen was forced to grow up quickly. Living on the streets of London and raising his younger brother, Rafe. If he's had to do a few (or more) dishonest things along the way to get them by, well, so be it. When Rafe informs Ash he wants to live an honest life from now on, Ash wants him to have it and will do anything to give it to him.
After hearing that an heiress wants to get her hands on her dowry, something she can only access if she gets married, Ash devises a plan: he's going to ensure Rafe and the heiress fall in love. He wants the best for his brother and after seeing her, Lydia Reeve is the best.
Lydia trusts Ash right away after they meet, finding him humble and charming. However, she's disappointed when Ash tries to set her up with his brother. Something awful comes to light and Rafe vanishes. Weighing her options, Lydia asks Ash to be her husband instead, making Ash wonder if he sough Lydia out for Rafe or for himself.
6. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde
In book 1 of the Nava Katz series, a woman named Nava drunkenly interrupts her twin brother's induction into the Brotherhood of David. She assumes she'll be reprimanded, but instead, Nava is asked to take her brother's place in the all-male group of demon hunters.
Nava may be a bit of a hot mess, but it doesn't exactly help matters when demons are hellbent on offing the first female hunter. The Brotherhood assign her a babysitter - who is distractingly hot by the way - and send her off on a mission to see what she's got. Even Nava isn't fully sure what she's got.
She may not survive very long, but there's a good chance she'll at least hook up with the babysitter before she does. That's something, right?
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