Friday, February 28, 2014

Giveaway: Nicole Dweck's The Debt of Tamar

It's that time again! Flashlight Commentary and Historical Fictional Virtual Book Tours are pleased to offer fans of historic fiction a chance to win a free edition of Nicole Dweck's The Debt of Tamar! 

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During the second half of the 16th century, a wealthy widow by the name of Doña Antonia Nissim is arrested and charged with being a secret Jew. The punishment? Death by burning. Enter Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman “Schindler,” and the most celebrated sultan in all of Turkish history. With the help of the Sultan, the widow and her children manage their escape to Istanbul. Life is seemingly idyllic for the family in their new home, that is, until the Sultan’s son meets and falls in love with Tamar, Doña Antonia’s beautiful and free-spirited granddaughter. A quiet love affair ensues until one day, the girl vanishes.

Over four centuries later, thirty-two year old Selim Osman, a playboy prince with a thriving real estate empire, is suddenly diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Abandoning the mother of his unborn child, he vanishes from Istanbul without an explanation. In a Manhattan hospital, he meets Hannah, a talented artist and the daughter of a French Holocaust survivor. As their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, readers are taken back to Nazi-occupied Paris, and to a sea-side village in the Holy Land where a world of secrets is illuminated.

Theirs is a love that has been dormant for centuries, spanning continents, generations, oceans, and religions. Bound by a debt that has lingered through time, they must right the wrongs of the past if they’re ever to break the shackles of their future.

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"The romance is moving, but perhaps the understated theme of Jews an Muslims intertwined in their commonalities is what really powers this surprising debut novel..."
- Meredith Sue Willis, Amazon Reviewer

The Debt of Tamar is more than a simple book, it is an experience. I loved every page. I would most definitely recommend to anyone who wants an another place and time. A veritable feast for the 5 senses. Wonderful!
- Charles Glass, Amazon Reviewer

The novel covers many aspects of life- love and loss. It questions the nature, the relevance of faith, religion and lineage; and the unreasonable brutality and hatred of a faction on the other. The book is inspired by real people and real events in history, and fifty percent is fictional. It’s a must read. I would recommend it to everyone who’s reading this.
- Pratikshya, Amazon Reviewer

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Nicole Dweck is a writer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.

As a descendant of Sephardic (Spanish) refugees who escaped the Inquisition and settled on Ottoman territory, Dweck has always been interested in Sephardic history and the plight of refugees during the Spanish Inquisition. The Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was a two-time finalist in the UK’s Cinnamon Press Novel Award Competition. It has also received an honorable award mention in the category of Mainstream/Literary Fiction from Writers Digest and was the highest rated book for two weeks running on the Harper Collin’s “Authonomy” website. It has claimed a #1 Bestseller spot in the Amazon Kindle Middle East Fiction category, a #1 Bestseller spot in Amazon Kindle Jewish Fiction category, and has been included as one of the “Hot 100″ Kindle bestsellers in the category of Historical Fiction.

Dweck holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Global Studies with a focus on Middle East Affairs (NYU) . Her non-fiction articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including The New York Observer and Haute Living Magazine.

She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Format: Paperback
Publication Date: February 4, 2013
Released by: Devon House Press
Length: 332 pages
ISBN-10: 061558361X
Genre: Historical Fiction

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In accordance with the promotional guidelines set forth by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, this giveaway is limited to US residents only.


Sophie Schiller said...

Can't wait to read this new book. Good luck to Nicole with "The Debt of Tamar"!

traveler said...

This novel sounds captivating and memorable. The subject interests me greatly since I am Jewish, Ashkenazi. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Melinda Ott said...

This sounds like a great book!

cyn209 said...

a definite 'ADD' to my WishList!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!

KAS said...

Thank you for another delightful giuveaway opportunity, first of all, Erin. This one I've had on my to-read list. The Middle East is a region that always sparks my general interest, so historical fiction in this setting has an extra appeal!

Elise-Maria Barton said...

I love books that span centuries of history between its main characters. This sounds a thoroughly engrossing read. Thanks for the giveaway.