You are cordially invited…

You are cordially invited…

According to ancient Judaic tradition, a great miracle occurred in the month of “Tamuz.” This Hebrew month began with the holiday of “Rosh Chodesh” just a few days ago and corresponds to June and July in the Gregorian calendar. I found it fitting to share this bit of information with you, as it relates to my new book: Celestial Persuasion. Without going deep into the weeds, let me just say that during this season, the ancient Israelites were at battle with the five kings of the Emorite Nation (Book of Yehoshua 10:11-14). As the verse unfolds, we read that “great stones” fell from the heavens, and the sun and the moon did not advance in the sky until the Israelites could claim victory. Today, we can assume that an intense meteor or asteroid shower fell upon the particular place; but according to tradition, it was a celestial miracle. I couldn’t resist sharing this with you because it touches upon a recurring theme in my story. Here is a snippet that speaks to fresh starts and new beginnings:

Dinner was completed with no further discussion of wars, revolution, or immigration to far and distant lands. Abigail noted Mrs. Frankel’s silent approval of the elegant meal, which mainly consisted of fish and poultry and various dishes of accompaniment. While they supped, polite conversation regarding the weather in Devonshire was the rule, much to Abigail’s chagrin, but then at last his lordship introduced a new topic, the extraordinary shape of the crescent moon.

“As tonight is Rosh Chodesh, a celebratory occasion of our faith, I beg you apply to Miss Isaacs for commentary,” Mrs. Frankel offered.

“Indeed? I would be glad to hear of it,” the earl replied. “Pray tell.”

“I would not wish to bore you, my lord, with talk of instruments and calculations,” said she, in an attempt to curtail her natural instincts; “however, if you care to learn about the holiday Mrs. Frankel references, I would share Rabbi Nachman’s compelling words on the subject.”

With his lordship’s approval, Abigail continued. “The moon has been a point of great significance since the time of the ancient Israelites. We use its cycles to calculate the months of the year, which differs from the Gregorian calendar based on the sun. Rabbi Nachman suggests that when even the slightest portion of this heavenly body is spotted, that least sighting—that modicum of hope—is sufficient to proclaim a fresh beginning for every one of us. And this evening, as witnessed by the shape of the moon, we celebrate the head of the new month and wish each other peace.”

“That is truly providential,” the earl stated and raised his glass. “Join me in a toast, won’t you? To Jonathan, the best of men, and to new beginnings!”

“To Jonathan,” Abigail repeated and swallowed hard. “And to new beginnings.”

L’ chaim,” murmured Mrs. Frankel. “To life.”


Dear readers, you are cordially invited to my upcoming Blog Tour.

 

Throughout this week (June 13-18), several bloggers will be reviewing the book or hosting an author’s interview with yours truly.

I hope you join me on this virtual excursion!

Here are the dates:

Sunday, June 13, 2021~My Jane Austen Book Club

Monday, June 14, 2021~Heidi Slowinski

Wednesday, June 16, 2021~ Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, June 17, 2021~Faith, Science, Joy, and Jane Austen

Friday, June 18, 2021~Bonnie Reads and Writes

Friday, June 18, 2021~Every Woman Dreams

 

One last thing before I sign off: The preorder link for the eBook can be found here.

Happy Reading!

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darcybennett
darcybennett
June 25, 2021 10:07 AM

Congrats on the release.

Cinnamon
AuAu
June 15, 2021 3:28 AM

Very exciting. Congratulations!

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
June 11, 2021 5:22 PM

I am doing my yearly read through the Bible and I read that miracle not long ago. Yeah, God is good when He is taking up for His people. That was amazing. I just wanted to stop by and say hello and to wish you all manner of success on the launch of this new book. I feel so honored to have read an ARC and I absolutely loved it. The connection to Austen’s books and characters was amazing. Man, you did good… that’s country for well done. Blessings, stay safe, and healthy.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
Jennifer Redlarczyk
June 11, 2021 8:00 AM

Congratulations! Sounds wonderful!

Regina Jeffers
Admin
June 11, 2021 7:10 AM

Looking forward to reading more of this book and playing host to your new release.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
June 11, 2021 7:03 AM

Sounds intriguing! Good luck on your blog tour!

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