A Love And Beyond
- Publish Date: 2015-03-05
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Dan Sofer
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Winner of the 2016 Best Book Awards for Religious Fiction:A mysterious crime. A ruthless secret society. And a desperate bachelor...
Dave Schwarz didn't intend to solve the break-in at the City of David or the riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He just wanted to get married.
When the religious British immigrant stumbles upon the mystical key to any girl's heart, however, his troubles only begin! The discovery draws him from the swamp of Jerusalem singles into a web of mysterious crimes and ancient enigmas, and pits him against a ruthless secret society eager to trigger the End of Days. Dave must beat them to the prize or he will lose his one true love forever.
Mandy Rosenberg has taken a break from New York to study in Jerusalem. In other words, she's shopping for a husband. Down-to-earth but jaded by years of dating, she finds unexpected romance with Dave. But is he really her long-awaited hero? Or will the dark side of their relationship threaten all?
Fans of the Indiana Jones franchise and the film Romancing the Stone will love this fast-paced romantic adventure in the biblical archaeology of Jerusalem and the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The novel features a sexy flatmate, a dodgy restaurateur, and a hotel manager with secrets of his own.
Q&A with the author, Dan Sofer
Q: What was the inspiration forA Love and Beyond?
A:A first date at a restaurant in Jerusalem.The evening went very well: romantic ambience, flowing conversation, chemistry. The second date flopped. There was no third date. I wondered why that first date had seemed so promising. Was it all in the location? What if a particular restaurant had special properties that guaranteed a great date? And what would give the restaurtant that magical power?The result was a uniquely Jewish mystery adventure novel (and soulmate romance) in Jerusalem.
Q: The story is based on your first-hand experiences as a single person living in Katamon. Are the characters based on real people?
A:Like Dave, I spent seven years as a single in Katamon before I met my wife. The novel builds on a lot of those experiences, but Dave is not based on my personal life story. Neither are the other characters, although for each character I know four or five real people who might think the character is based on them. But sorry, the characters are all figments of my overactive imagination.And no, I was never involved with any ruthless secret societies, and, unfortunately, I have not discovered that billion-dollar treasure.
Q: A Love and Beyond contains archaeological data and references to Jewish lore and legend. Are these also figments of your imagination?
A:Quotations from the Bible and Talmud are all real, as are the archaeological facts about the City of David, Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the archaeological personalities involved. The Judean desert sect, their writings, and the Copper Scroll are all real, as are the controversies regarding alleged references to early Christian figures in the Dead Sea Scrolls.However, the speculations regarding the locations of the treasure, the Guardians of Jerusalem, and King David's relationship with Bathsheba are just that - speculations.