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Lori Banov Kaufmann’s, ‘Rebel Daughter’, breathes life into a slice of antiquity, familiar from my studies in ancient history. She caught my attention online of the launch of this, her first novel earlier this year. Vivid descriptions of a Jewish family surviving the Roman occupation of the first Century and a mysterious Roman’s interest in Esther, the protagonist, held my interest to the final chapter.

Lori’s careful research is reflected in the rich descriptions of rituals, colours and customs of daily life. I could almost smell the sacrifices, the touch of cold from the steel of a centurion’s sword, and the terror of violent death.

The story has its roots in the discovery of an ancient tombstone and Kaufmann’s exploration and creativity weaves a credible story of romance and danger with historical accuracy.


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