History of Us

Tule. Jul. 2021. ebk. ISBN 9781953647948. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Anna Cohen, archives assistant at the Manhattan Museum of Jewish History, jumps at the chance to conduct research in the private archives of a prominent Jewish family, for a special exhibition the museum has planned for the Rockliffe Manor Summer Days Festival. Jacob Horowitz-Margareten, heir to the Rockliffe Manor archives and estate, doesn’t trust Anna’s boss with his family’s history, but he’s willing to let in Anna, who’s both his childhood friend and the one who got away. Jacob hopes to rekindle his spark with Anna that never seems to fade, even as his philanthropy work keeps pulling him away. As Anna works in the archives, she learns about the charitable work that Jacob secretively funds and begins to falls in love with him again. Anna must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart and her career for a man who might dash her hopes yet again.
VERDICT Themes of family, duty, and memory are intertwined with a light, sweet romance arc. The romance may seem like it’s been back-burnered compared to the other plot points: Anna’s work as an archivist, Anna’s meddling boss, and Jacob’s realization that he can’t let work consume every part of his life. Agdern shines at conveying her characters’ Jewish heritage and history.
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