This touching, tender story of love in Israel will capture the hearts of romance enthusiasts seeking down-to-earth drama
Cultural dominance rooted in tradition meets free-spirited passion in Together They Overcame, an absorbing tale of young love. Juliet C.B. Aharoni straightforwardly reveals what happens when indoctrinated expectations clash with natural urges. The title itself speaks volumes, for this story is an ongoing struggle, a fight to override the familial forces that threaten to keep a man and a woman apart.
Set in Israel after the 1956 Sinai campaign, an eighteen-year-old nursing student leaves her home in South Africa, following her physician boyfriend to help wounded soldiers.
Though the stereotypical genre romance often ends with matrimony, marriage is where this book’s conflict starts, forcing the plot into a juxtaposition of explicit sex scenes and domestic battles with a difficult mother-in-law.
Rosalind is from a German Catholic background, not ideally suited to a traditional living arrangement in Israel. Strong emotional turbulence underlying the so-called conjugal bliss leads the newlyweds into awkward interludes. Verging on a series of ritualized procedures, the ingenue turns into a skilled lover as she strives to please her new husband.
The couple’s sex-propelled relationship is deeply poignant; descriptions also include blatantly graphic details. They enjoy their bodies like any young couple in love, yet they seek more than sheer pleasure:
They moved to their bed where they used sex as a means to heal her pain and his confusion.
Without question, Rosalind and Eyal care for each other and share a sincere bond of friendship, yet sex takes precedence over romance in their marriage. While this touching, tender story maintains high literary standards, the tendency to reduce the sex act to an obligatory and oft-repeated rite may dilute the appeal for those expecting lighthearted interaction.
– Review by Julia Ann Charpentier
The book is available on Amazon.