10950924Heidi Garrett invited me via Twitter a couple of days ago to participate in a birthday blog hop in honor of author, Alice Hoffman.  Alice is celebrating her birthday today, March 16.  I immediately jumped at the opportunity.

I was introduced to Alice Hoffman’s writing through a random purchase at Costco.  The Dovekeepers was stacked on a table and it looked interesting.  As you all know, I’m like a crow with shiny objects when I spot a historical fiction novel!

When I start a novel, I habitually check out what else the author has written and read the accolades.  The Dovekeepers has about 5 pages of praise.  The following is from Jodi Picoult, which really sums up the impact of The Dovekeepers:

I am still reeling from The Dovekeepers–from the history Alice Hoffman illuminates, from the language she uses to bring these women to life.  This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war.  But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by a reader.

I read this novel over a year ago (my review is here).  It’s since been given as gifts to family and friends and recommended to numerous people.  I was just that blown away.  And I still am.

When an author captures my heart with a novel, I tend to poke around and research the events depicted.  What I discovered made this novel all the more incredible.  Alice Hoffman, in a YouTube video, speaks about what inspired her to write The Dovekeepers.

After you’ve listened to Alice, the picture below gives an even starker view of inhospitable, desolate Masada.

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Finally, Rhoda Baxter kindly asked me to write a guest post about a novel I inherited from the previous generation and which novel I would leave for the future reason and why.

Happy Birthday Alice Hoffman!

 

Alice Hoffman's Birthday Blog Hop