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Book Title: Sweet Baklava|
The author of the book: Debby Mayne
Edition: Abingdon Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781426727276
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.5
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I am so over inspirational book using ethnic characters to add local color but not staying true to those ethnicities. (I'm looking at you, Fools Rush In).
The author wanted a big Greek family to use in this book, and she sets it in the Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida. The heroine is falling in love with her Greek friend, who has returned home after many years. His family is big and wacky and Greek and bakes up whole pans of baklava. Which is terrific. But then the author forgets about reality. Either she didn't bother to do much research or she simply wanted the Greek background while still staying close to her inspirational storyline.
As a Greek myself, the story is so unrealistic that it made me very, very angry. Tarpon Springs is the largest Greek community in the United States. Yet no mention is ever made of the Greek Orthodox church. The hero attends bible study and services at the heroine's good, supportive evangelical church and is perfectly happy there. Most Greeks simply don't do that. They attend the Orthodox church and marry there no matter what their spouse's faith is. I can only think of one person among my family and friends who was married in a different church. Many of us attend other churches now, but we're still a small minority. That no one in his family brought up the fact that he was attending a different church and wanting to marry in a different church sent up all kinds of red flags for me. This author doesn't know what she's doing. That would have been a good conflict right there, instead of meandering off into the conflicts we're presented with in the story, some of which are not well resolved.
If you're going to write an evangelical book, then do so. But please don't pull in other faiths and force them into your mold simply for a good story. It does a disservice to those other faiths.
And please, please, please, do NOT go by the recipe at the back of the book. Baklava is made with butter. Period. The addition of shortening is just wrong. Even my American husband recognized that.
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Read information about the authorDebby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby’s books have been top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club. Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July 2009.
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