“I was immediately drawn into this story. There was no acclimation for me at all, I was immediately involved in the conservation of this rare and treasured sacred text. I immediately liked Hanna, immediately mistrusted Ozren and I flowed from present to past as Brooks carried me on the gentle flow of a well-written story.
The back stories are set so that the most recent is recounted, bouncing back to the modern age, and back again to an earlier time. I couldn't wait to see how far back the story would take me, how the characters dissolved into one another, and how the continuous thread of the Haggadah affected the people whom it touched.
Confused by references and comparisons to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, I didn't see the two as closely related at all. This book was full of rich and timeless stories, developed to explain possibilities. Historical fiction at its best. I see Brown's book as more of a conspiracy novel, full of mystery and suspense. Not inferior, just very different.
This book is beautifully written and is highly recommended.”