Book Review: From the Nile to the Jordan

Title: From The Nile to the Jordan

Author: Ada Aharoni

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

An astonishing historical period relived through a dramatic love story

From the Nile to the Jordan is a compelling and colorful historical novel that captures mid-twentieth century Egypt and Israel in marvelous detail. The novel tells the tragic events of the “Second Exodus” – the uprooting of the Jewish community from Egypt following the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948. By so doing, it brings an aspect of the Arab-Israeli Conflict that has not been touched upon: the forced emigration of Jews from Arab countries, aptly coined by Ada Aharoni – THE SECOND EXODUS.

A story never told before

Inbar is the beautiful daughter of a rich judge, member of Cairo’s Jewish community. When an historical storm threatens to destroy her future and that of her lover, a Holocaust survivor named Raoul, she sets out to Israel, in a passionate quest for love and fulfillment.

Based on true historical facts

Ada Aharoni weaves an astonishing and authentic historical period into a dramatic love story, written in powerful and moving prose. The result is an important and unique novel, based on historical facts, which creates an exciting, delightful and unforgettable feast for the readers, for history, and for world literature.

From the Nile to Jordan tells the event of the “Second Exodus”, the uprooting of the Jewish community from Egypt following the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948. Jews were forced to emigrate from Arab countries and had to go live in Israel, which was a part of the Arab-Israeli conflict I certainly had never heard about. I thought people had emigrated to Israel out of their own free will, but I had no idea the exodus was forced.

The story follows Inbar, the beautiful daughter of a rich judge. She’s jewish, and so is her lover, Raoul, a survivor of the Holocaust. Inbar and Raoul set out to Israel, and hope to find the love and peace they’re looking for there.

The novel is based on historical facts, and it’s set in a time period I for one knew little to nothing about. The story flows well, and the author obviously did her research and knows this time period well. The settings are described in tremendous detail, and the characters feel realistic.

This is a compelling, astonishing historical fiction novel that details a time period not often discussed in historical fiction.

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