Sunday, July 15, 2012

Book Review: A Suitable Husband

 A Suitable Husband was written by S.B.Lerner. Not sure what category this would fall in. Definitely historical since it's set in the 1930s. It's a coming of age book since Bianca grows into herself and becomes a woman surviving difficult and horrific times. It's also a bit of a romance since she learns what love really is.

I guess the category I would put it in is: Good.

It's set in Poland during a time dangerous for the Jewish.  Everything's falling apart - the government, Poland's economy, society, and Bianca's life. Bianca's been sheltered most of her life. Opening her eyes to the situation, her family's plight, and her own circumstances is a shock for her. She doesn't want to give up the way her life had been, but there's no turning back. She must decide what path her life will take and what she will do to survive.

I liked A Suitable Husband because it took me to places I've never been. It set me amidst lives and people I came to like and respect. S.B. Lerner puts you in the middle of a haunting time period with characters you care for and worry about.


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I give A Suitable Husband a rating of Hel-of-a-Time
FTC Disclaimer: If I remember right, the author sent this book to me. That did not influence my review. I was influenced by the setting, the time period and the subject matter. I don't believe Lerner ever used the word "persecution," yet Bianca's story and the story of her family plops you right down in the middle of the persecution. You can feel the fear, understand the hopes, and taste the pain. That did influence my review.


  1. It sounds like the kind of book whose story would stay with you after you've reached the end.

  2. Thanks for your thoughtful review, Helen! Love your rating method; much more original than "stars"! So glad you enjoyed the book.

  3. Very nice review, Helen. I like the category you placed it in--good!

    Good luck, S.B. Lerner!

  4. I've read this book and it is excellent. Helen's meter rating is quite apt.

  5. jerry spiegel7/15/2012 5:49 PM

    I read this book, too, and found it a page turner, meaning there is quite a lot of dram. The narrative really moves, except where it stops during romantic scenes, which are understated but very moving. A real find.

  6. Sounds like a good story, Susan and Helen!

  7. Thanks Joanne and Jerry! I really appreciate it!

  8. It's a story that sticks with you.

  9. Thanks again, Helen, for reviewing the novel and for hosting me on your terrific blog. Welcome back from vacation!


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