Book Review: Kissing Kosher
by Jean Meltzer | Pub: 8.29.23 by Mira | Jewish Romance | 432 Pages
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📚 Kissing Kosher by Jean Meltzer
📕 Format: Paperback purchased
⭐️ My Thoughts: Loved it!
I loved this book — Jean Meltzer is officially a go-to/auto-buy author for me now!
Reading about the ongoing pain and pain management that comes with having a chronic illness like this one truly makes me grateful for my own health and I have a renewed appreciation for my body and what it does for me.
Read if you like these tropes/details:
Forbidden lovers, Romeo & Juliet longstanding family feud vibes
Jewish romance rep
He falls first
What you can expect:
Own voices: chronic illness
Own voices: Jewish rep
Bakery yummy goodness
Slightly steamy - more about the building intimacy
Wonderful passages with perspective on intimacy, boundaries, and support
✔️ Chronic Illness
✔️ Survivor’s guilt / loss of family
Random Reading Notes:
Interesting twists I didn’t see coming
I liked the commentary about the ‘druggie’ brother and it was interesting to learn about medicinal drugs that can help people with chronic pain
Wish there was more food and locations that made safe foods
Chapter 36 - I really enjoyed the commentary on boundaries
💭Pg145 Ethan was like finding a well in the middle of a desert. She hadn’t realized till he was sitting there in front of her how much she needed someone to show up and just simply help her.
💭 Pg161 “Food is communal, right? It's sitting around sharing a meal with your friends. Or the experience of eating. The joy of it. The pleasure of tasting something remarkable.”
💭 Pg305 "My mom used to say this thing. 'If your heart is in the right place, it will never lead you in the wrong direction.
💭 Pg378 “But mainly, the most important thing I've realized is that if I'm going to be in pain the rest of my life, then it's even more important that I hold on to my joy. I need to create the life that makes me happy. So that when the bad days come, because they will keep coming, Josh... they don't hurt me as much."
🗒️ Pg320 passage about intimacy and boundaries
🗒️ Pg377 there’s a fantastic passage about chronic illness and identity
🗒️ Pg410 passage about people and change
Books by Jean Meltzer:
The Matzah Ball | published 9.28.21 by MIRA
Mr. Perfect on Paper | published 8.9.22 by MIRA
Kissing Kosher | published 8.29.23 by MIRA
Magical Meet Cute | publishing 8.27.24 by MIRA