Book Reviews

Bashert by Gale Stanley at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-December-2013

Book Blurb

Is it possible to be a good Jew and a gay man?

Not for Jonah Stern. He can't reconcile his faith with his attraction to boys, so he turns his back on Judaism. A college scholarship is Jonah's ticket to freedom from his disapproving parents. Next step: losing his virginity to Christian, the blue-eyed blond man of his dreams.

Instead, Jonah has a fateful meeting with Aaron Blumberg and ends up celebrating Hanukkah. Aaron tells him they're bashert—meant to be. But Jonah has doubts. He believes his lack of faith will create a wedge between them. It's up to Aaron to bridge the gap and convince Jonah to take a leap of faith.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

Book Review

It's funny how the true meaning of Christmas gets so lost in the decorating and presents. I can't imagine growing up Jewish when Hanukkah is barely even mentioned and the majority of people don't even know why it's celebrated. Jonah was born and raised in a devout Jewish home and telling his parents he was gay didn't go over well. They didn't throw him out, but they don't understand it. Now Jonah is a freshman in college, away from home, and he is determined to unlearn nineteen years of teachings because if he has to give up being either gay or Jewish, then he's picking his religion.

" was at Hanukkah, more than any other holiday, that he felt like an outsider and a hypocrite. How could he celebrate the Jews' victory over the Greeks when the Jews were prejudiced against homosexuals and the Greeks weren't?"

Alone on campus for the Christmas holiday, Jonah meets Aaron. Aaron is Jewish, had the same conflict with his religion that Jonah is going through, but discovered a more progressive temple and found his faith again. Aaron invites Jonah to spend the nights of Hanukkah at his apartment, sharing dinner, and lighting the menorah. At first Jonah is sure that Aaron is going to start proselytizing, but he doesn't, and Jonah gets confused at how comfortable he feels around Aaron even though he's totally not his type.

Does Jonah learn who he is and what he is? Can he reconcile his sexuality and his religion? More importantly, can he find the person for him in the unlikeliest place? This was a really good story about faith and love and the many forms it can take. I definitely enjoyed it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 48 pages/10636 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2013
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