Christine B. (St Paul, MN)
This book is based on the premise that we all have a "tenth song" to discover and sing. The characters in the book are unfinished and "need to go to who you were meant to be". This spiritual journey was portrayed beautifully but the underlying story was too predictable. All the relationships seemed rushed and too neatly tied together at the end. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it but would not highly tout it either.
Trezeline B. (Columbia, MD)
The Tenth Song
A very good book. It took me longer to read than usual because it caused introspection, self examination and a great deal of thought. It has mystery, suspense and intrigue. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for the thoughtful reader.
Darlene C. (Woodstock, il)
A simplistic journey
This book about an American Jewish family's reaction to a major family crisis begins strongly. The premise provides a base for the two main characters, mother and daughter, to explore and struggle with their view of themselves, each other, their religion and the world in general. Unfortunately, as the story proceeded, I found the insights and "enlightenment" of the characters predictable and simplistic. I wanted to like these women but was left feeling they remained self centered and self absorbed which does not seem to be the author's intent. The resolution of the crisis was a bit too pat - too easy, as was the resolution of the personal crises. It is an easy read but not one I would recommend to my book club. I may ask my friend who is Jewish to read it - I would be interested in her reaction to how Jewish women are portrayed - it seemed quite stereotypical to me.
Dorothy T. (Victorville, CA)
A lot to think about
What at first appears to be the main plot line of "The Tenth Song" is in fact the catalyst for what I see as the author’s true focus: to encourage each reader to ask questions and to seek answers about his or her own life and how God is involved, if in fact He is. The locales set the stage perfectly, and the story line and the characters kept me turning the pages.
This would be a great choice for a book club whose members are interested in discussions that go deep and perhaps allow for more personal introspection and revelation.
Laura L. (Providence, RI)
The tenth song
This book addresses some fundamental issues such as life style choices, belief systems, and community. I, as a practicing Jew, found many parts of the book engaging. I liked the issues it brought up, including materialism and making meaning out of your life. The story is easy to read but there is not a lot of depth in the characters. I am not sure how this book would read to someone who was not knowledgeable about observant Judaism. There are many concepts that it assumes one knows about and it appears written for an observant audience.
Cecilia Z. (Montclair, New Jersey)
Ends a little too neatly
Good book, interesting plot, well-written, but with an ending that is a little too pat. The book is about the impact that a very public scandal has on the members of a successful family. This is a great premise. It sets the stage for the characters to reflect on what brought them to this point in their lives and re-examine what is most important to them. The questions about religion and faith are especially compelling.
In the end, however, things are wrapped up a little too neatly, making the strong parts of the book - the characters' self-reflection - unconvincing. But it is a good read, well-written, with an interesting plot. It was also thought-provoking, especially the parts that deal with the community's response to the scandal.
Shelley C. (Eastport, NY)
The Tenth Song
Observant Jews use the word, "ba'shert", to refer to both wonderful and awful events that come into their lives. It means fate, kismet, how the Supreme Being wanted things to turn out.
The wonderfully ordered world of the Samuels family turns upside down when Adam, an honest and very successful accountant, husband, father and grandfather is suddenly arrested by the FBI. He is accused of funneling millions of dollars to a terrorist organization that will use the money to kill American soldiers. Now he must prove his innocence while all his friends and colleagues treat him like a pariah.
How fate has intervened to change the lives of his youngest daughter, his wife, and himself is the subject of this extremely well written novel by Naomi Regan. Set in Boston and Israel this is a timely story that will leave you turning page after page; unable to put this book down. I highly recommend it.