Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

When I first read the blurb for this book, I really wondered how the author was going to pull this off. I'll recap the blurb here so you can see what I mean:

Tzipporah Berger is thirty-seven and single, which is practically unheard of in the Orthodox Jewish community she now calls home. Her increasing religiosity and need for kink may have broken up her first marriage, but she’s decided it’s time to try again. And the rabbi’s wife has just the man in mind.
Elan Klein is the neighborhood butcher whose intimidating size and gruff manner hint at a deliciously forceful personality. But BDSM isn’t exactly something you discuss during an Orthodox courtship. Will a marriage to Elan solidify her place in the community that she loves and provide the domination and pain Tzipporah craves or will she forever have to rely on flights of fancy to satisfy her needs?

So Orthodox Judaism and BDSM? Yet this is a terrific story, beautifully written and extremely well researched.  Tzipporah's neighborhood and neighbors are described realistically. I know only a little about this religion, but I learned a lot. That also goes for the BDSM lifestyle; I thought the two would be incompatible, but found that the author managed to intertwine both concepts into a wonderful book.
This is a quick read, but I feel that I will be thinking about it for some time. I definitely want to read other books by this author. I was given the book and choose to give an honest review.