Happy publication day to Beth Miller and ‘The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom. I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour today alongside some rather fabulous bloggers! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:
Eliza Bloom has a list of rules: long, blue skirt on Thursdays, dinner with mother on Fridays, and never give your heart away to the wrong person. Nothing is out of place in her ordered life…
Then she met someone who she was never supposed to speak to. And he introduced her to a whole world of new lists:
New foods to try – oysters and sushi
Great movies to watch – Bambi and Some Like It Hot
Things I love about Eliza Bloom
Eliza left everything she knew behind for him, but sometimes love just isn’t enough. Especially when he opens a hidden shoebox and starts asking a lot of questions about her past life. As the walls Eliza has carefully constructed threaten to come crashing down, will she find a way to keep hold of everyone she loves, and maybe, just maybe, bring the two sides of her heart together at last?
What does TWG think?
I don’t know what I was expecting with ‘The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom’, but this wasn’t it – and no I don’t mean that in a bad way! I guess I just assumed that the storyline was going to be the slushy romantic kind, and it wasn’t like that at all. In fact it couldn’t have been more different.
I’m not a Jew, nor do I practice any type of religion, so reading a book where the main theme of the storyline was centred around a Jewish woman and her faith, was quite eye opening. It’s not that I have ignored the faith over the years, it’s just that I have never had the need to find out more about it in my own personal life. I had no idea how many rules there are for women regarding their love life, food choices, clothing choices, association with other faiths. I also had no idea just how much of a divide it could cause if someone were to go against their faith and choose a different path in their own life. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this – yes, Eliza Bloom was the rebel, the one who chose to start a new life after listening to her heart and not the opinions of her parents.
Brave? Yes, I thought she was. I mean, I can’t judge someone who lives a different faith to me, nor can I comment in depth on something I don’t fully understand due to not living that lifestyle myself. So yes, I thought she was brave as she put her life on the line with no guarantee of a happy outcome.
I actually really enjoyed following Eliza’s journey as well as meeting some rather unsavoury and colourful characters along the way. It was clear to see that Eliza loved her family, but on the other side of the coin I could see why her loved ones were upset. Now, as for Alex, I’m sitting on the fence with that one I must admit.
‘The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom’ was such a life affirming, eye-opening and often humorous read which allowed me to see how different lives are lived. I thought that Beth Miller captured the essence of her characters wonderfully, and I loved how she was able to convey the Jewish faith in a way that people like me would be able to understand. This book is definitely an unexpected little gem.