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Review: Rebel Daughter


Title: Rebel Daughter

Author: Lori Banov Kaufmann

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: Esther dreams of so much more than the marriage her parents have arranged to a prosperous silversmith. Always curious and eager to explore, she must accept the burden of being the dutiful daughter. Yet she is torn between her family responsibilities and her own desires; she longs for the handsome Joseph, even though he treats her like a child, and is confused by her attraction to the Roman freedman Tiberius, a man who should be her sworn enemy.


Meanwhile, the growing turmoil threatens to tear apart not only her beloved city, Jerusalem, but also her own family. As the streets turn into a bloody battleground between rebels and Romans, Esther's journey becomes one of survival. She remains fiercely devoted to her family, and braves famine, siege, and slavery to protect those she loves.


This emotional and impassioned saga, based on real characters and meticulous research, seamlessly blends the fascinating story of the Jewish people with a timeless protagonist determined to take charge of her own life against all odds.


My Review: This is a fantastic example of what a ya historical fiction novel can be. The main character was incredibly well done and her relationships and the side characters were all very developed and fleshed out. I felt that the setting was extremely well done as well and you felt as though you were right there with her in Jerusalem under Roman oppression. The book was well researched and so full of detail. Overall I really enjoyed this one and I think any historical fiction fans will enjoy it as well.


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*