My Goodreads giveaway begins today! From October 20 to October 28, enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of my latest book, Holiday of the Heart.
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What is it about? Here’s the blurb:
Amirah can’t wait for Christmas. Leaving her Egyptian roots to restart in New York, she salivates over the American dream. If only her parents understood.
Rajab stresses more over love than nationality when he meets an enchanting woman. But the relationship is scandalous. Terrified of his father’s disapproval and seething reaction, Rajab struggles to keep the secret. The repercussions could be disastrous.
Together, Catherine and Abdul are the magnet for the group, but an outside force threatens their marriage while fall celebrations are underway.
The holiday season is busy for most, but for this interfaith union, the festive days multiply. Can Christians, Jews and Muslims sit at the same dinner table in peace? Find out as the Shadid and DiMarco family stumbles through holiday after holiday on this interfaith journey.
The latest review does a really good job describing further:
Another great addition to DM Miller’s Heart series, HoTH throws Catherine and Abdul’s wonderfully multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious family and friends into the potential nightmare that is holiday season. From Eid – with Catherine’s fearsome mother-in-law ever-present – through Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – with Rajab, struggling to place himself within his recently-discovered Jewish identity, through Thanksgiving and Hannukah to Christmas, where Amirah will struggle between her idea of a traditional holiday and Dan’s purer interpretation, the characters we’ve grown to know and (for the most part) love have everything and more thrown at them.
Will Rajab’s interracial relationship drive a wedge between him and his father? What is going on between Abdul and that woman at the office? Why can’t Dan appreciate the fun side of Halloween? What really happened to make Bahir and Asadel hate each other so much? Can Amirah get the all-American holiday of her dreams? Will Cala’s nastiness some day drive someone too far?
There is a nice sense of exploration within this book: as each character learns something more about these holidays and what they really mean to those who celebrate them, they learn more about themselves and who they really are. But so much has already been discovered about Catherine and her family’s past, and instead of delving back, HoTH chooses to dwell more on the present and the future, which works perfectly with the themes and ideas it explores.
HoTH is a fun book with enough incident to keep those pages turning, but at the same time it has a depth and a seriousness that belies the title. A brilliant full-length book, not in any way a throwaway novella, HoTH is still perfect reading for those ‘ber months!
D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and the memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.