That Jewish Thing

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Pub Date 13 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 13 Jan 2022

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Tamsyn Rutman is at yet another wedding, for yet another cousin. She wouldn't mind - the food's pretty good, the location is fabulous and there's a moderately famous singer crooning away - but what is a Jewish wedding if not the perfect opportunity for the bride to do a bit of matchmaking on behalf of her single, workaholic cousin? Tamsyn's not at the table with her parents and her family, she's sitting next to Ari Marshall.

Ari is everything Tamsyn doesn't want for herself, and everything her family want for her. Stubbornly determined not to fall into the trap of someone else's happily ever after, Tamsyn decides to focus on work, and while interviewing London's hottest new chef, finds herself being swept off her feet . . . by someone her family definitely wouldn't approve of.

But somehow, Ari and Tamsyn keep crossing paths, and she's about to find out that in love, and in life, it's not always easy to run away from who you really are...

Tamsyn Rutman is at yet another wedding, for yet another cousin. She wouldn't mind - the food's pretty good, the location is fabulous and there's a moderately famous singer crooning away - but what...


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I was so excited when I got approved to read this book and I’m glad I was. This is such a brilliant book with a brilliant concept. It reminded me of my upbringing and I found it so relatable

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I'm a big fan of easy to read chick lit; stories that you can almost predict from the start but take you on twists and turns throughout - this is one of those books. What sets it apart is that combined with the usual romance, there's also a struggle and exploration of the Jewish culture of the main character. The story is engaging, I didn't realise how many words we use in English that have Hebrew/yiddish roots, and the characters are easy to relate to. It's a charming story, Amber Crewe's writing is humorous and realistic - you can imagine every part of the story as real life, in fact I had to check it wasn't biographical after the first chapter! Tamsyn has grown up unaware of how much she fights her Jewish, resenting her parents (as most teens/twenty year olds have a tendency to!) and is determined not to fit into any boxes that are expected of her. She has a career that she's determined will lead to great things and she is not going to be pushed into marrying. I absolutely loved this, it was easy to read and yet I learnt a lot as I read. Anti-semitism is unfortunately a real issue for so many people today and this book really spells it out, and the importance of Judaism as a culture, not 'just' a religion.

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Tamsyn Rutman is at yet another wedding, for yet another cousin. She wouldn't mind - the food's pretty good, the location is fabulous and there's a moderately famous singer crooning away - but what is a Jewish wedding if not the perfect opportunity for the bride to do a bit of matchmaking on behalf of her single, workaholic cousin? Tamsyn's not at the table with her parents and her family, she's sitting next to Ari Marshall. This is a funny story in parts and I loved Tamsyn as we follow her journey to find love.

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Date reviewed/posted: June 6, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Tamsyn Rutman is at yet another wedding, for yet another cousin. She wouldn't mind - the food's pretty good, the location is fabulous and there's a moderately famous singer crooning away - but what is a Jewish wedding if not the perfect opportunity for the bride to do a bit of matchmaking on behalf of her single, workaholic cousin? Tamsyn's not at the table with her parents and her family, she's sitting next to Ari Marshall. Ari is everything Tamsyn doesn't want for herself, and everything her family want for her. Stubbornly determined not to fall into the trap of someone else's happily ever after, Tamsyn decides to focus on work, and while interviewing London's hottest new chef, finds herself being swept off her feet . . . by someone her family definitely wouldn't approve of. But somehow, Ari and Tamsyn keep crossing paths, and she's about to find out that in love, and in life, it's not always easy to run away from who you really are... This is a cute little novel many people are tortured by weddings...lol. I liked the characters and the premise and it was fun to read. Comforting as a bowl of chicken soup (aka Jewish penicillin), I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥣🥣🥣🥣🥣 -

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I loved this book. Even though I’m not part of any religion or group I could really see myself in Tamsyn. Maybe because her problems are so much part of the current city life we all live. And when I say “we” I mean single ladies in the big city. I truly enjoyed this book and soaked up all the cultural differences.

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I had and have some good Jewish friends and was in a long term relationship with a Jew. It was lovely to read about Taken and her family. Remembering things I'd heard and seen in Israel. A great, great read. Highly recommended!!!!!!

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That Jewish Thing by Amber Crewe is a great novel that is part “coming of age” and part contemporary romance that I really enjoyed. I really liked the full character cast with this book. The friends and family that are a part of Ari and Tamsyn’s lives are well-developed, complex, and well-ingrained into their lives (whether they want them to be or not lol). I enjoyed Tamsyn and Ari as well. They had great chemistry and after Tamsyn working through her own issues, questions, and filtering through her own life, she was able to realize it as well. I loved the inclusion of not only the Jewish faith, but also the culture. A lot of people that haven’t grown up in either/both of these environments do not realize that they are not necessarily one and the same. There were times that I felt like I was hanging out with my own meddling (but well-intentioned) family as I read through the book. And for our non-Jewish friends, the author includes a handy glossary at the end. 4/5 stars Thank you NG and Hodder & Stoughton for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately (as of 5/21/21 no BB listing has been created) and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

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