4 out of 4 stars
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The Scent of Heat, by E. P. Sery, is a historical fiction novel set in the 1950's in Israel. It is a coming-of-age story of a 19-year-old girl trying to find balance in her life.
Ariella Paz is a young woman finishing her two-year service in the Israeli military. Her dream is to complete her service and go to America. She has relatives in the United States who have offered to take her in.
However, life takes a hard turn and Ariella spends her days working and her evenings taking care of her terminally ill mother. Her mother's illness is hard for all of Ariella's family, especially her younger sister. While trying to hold her family together, Ariella meets her boss's friend, Arik. Although he is older than Ariella, she is drawn to him and begins a secret courtship. He showers her with attention and spoils her with gifts and trips to Europe.
As their love affair continues, Ariella sees a darker side of Arik. She begins to realize her dreams of a happy future may be slipping away. She must make some important decisions that will change the course of her life.
The author has written a captivating story that pulls the reader in and won't let go. I stayed up late a few nights and couldn't put this book down. The story is well-written and seems to be professionally edited. I noticed few grammatical errors. The descriptions of the culture of Israel and the geographical area of that time are beautifully portrayed. I can tell the author thoroughly researched the background and wove it into the life of Ariella.
The characters are interesting and their personalities seem to fit that era. At times I felt that Ariella could be a little naive and was disappointed in her choices. However, by the end of the book, she showed growth and maturity. I was pleased with the ending. Another character I couldn't stop thinking about was her mother. Watching a loved one struggle with a terminal illness and the effects on the family is something all generations can relate to. It made me thankful for the great medical strides we've had in recent years.
Based on the entertaining story that stayed true to its time period and the pleasure I received from reading a well-edited novel, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It will appeal to readers that enjoy historical fiction, romance, and the bonds of family. I believe older teenagers can enjoy this novel, as the love scenes were not too graphic or inappropriate. I look forward to reading more from this author.
The Scent of Heat
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