Posted in New York, Spotlight, women on December 9, 2013

art of being rebekkah

The Art of Being Rebekkah is an Intricate Tale of a Woman’s Struggle with a Troubled Marriage, the Love of Her Life, Faith and Her Unborn Child

When 20-something Rebekkah Gelles suspects her husband, Avram, not only of lying and stealing, but also of contriving to bar her from having the children she so desperately wants, she realizes her marriage is imperiled.

The Art of Being Rebekkah by Karoline Barrett (e-Lit Books; December 2013; 6.99) tells an emotional and heartbreaking story of loss, love and faith as Rebekkah tries to rebuild her trust in men and establish independence for the first time in her life.

Devoted to her Jewish faith, Rebekkah’s values come into question when Nick Rossi – a tall, dark and Catholic, New York City detective enters her life. Convinced they can never be together, Rebekkah shuts him out, even after they share an unforgettable night of passion.

In the midst of her divorce – a difficult process for a Conservative Jew – Rebekkah must deal with a number of challenges, including the mystery surrounding her new career as an artist and reconnecting with old friends, now distant, casualties of a controlling husband.  Even more disquieting, Rebekkah learns she’s pregnant, though not via the Jewish man she’d always imagined as the father of her children.  The father is Nick, the man she believes is off limits.

Rebekkah must decide what’s most important – true, unadulterated love or raising her baby in the Jewish faith and culture she’s always cherished. As the young woman embarks on some serious soul-searching, a shocking confession further complicates matters as Rebekkah learns her biological mother may not have been Jewish after all.  Rebekkah, strong but vulnerable, leans on her adoptive parents and Nick, all of whom offer unconditional support.

In a final twist, Nick’s dangerous profession intervenes just when all the pieces are falling into place.  Rebekkah fears Avram may have been behind an attack on the detective’s life.

Together, Rebekkah and Nick must find a way to merge their lives and fight the negative forces that could keep them apart. Barrett tells a deep, rich story that creates a very real Rebekkah and provides a look into the thoughts of a compelling, young Jewish woman.  She also paints a clear picture of the New York City neighborhoods in which the story is set.


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About the Author

Karoline Barrett loves writing and reading women’s fiction and romance.  Her short stories have been published in various outlets, most recently in Every Day Fiction.  She is also a poet.  Karoline was born in upstate New York and has lived in South America, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  At the moment, she lives in a small Connecticut town with her husband.  When not writing, Karoline reads, spends time by the water, watches the New York Yankees, indulges her Coca-Cola addiction and does anything that has nothing to do with math.


About e-Lit Books

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