The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

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By (author) Alice Hoffman

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 36mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857205447
  • ISBN 13: 9780857205445
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 12,174

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The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year 70 AD, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. There is Yael, the assassin's daughter whose heartbreak leads to her true path in the ruins of the desert; Revka, the baker's wife who loses her dearest treasure on earth and yet finds the strength to protect her family; Aziza, the warrior's beloved who leads a secret life not even those closest to her could imagine; and Marit, beautiful witch of Moab, a woman as loyal as she is dangerous.

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Author information

Alice Hoffman wrote her first novel, Property Of, when she was 21. She has published a total of 28 works of fiction, including Practical Magic which was a major film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. Alice Hoffman now lives in Boston. Visit her website:

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By natalie 17 Mar 2013 5

A great read!

This is an amazing story of strength, courage and the ability to move forward through life no matter the odds.

The beginning of the book left me in two minds as to my feeling about this title, but once I had reached "Revka's Story" I was totally captivated.

A heart wrenching story about the brutality of war, the loyalty of the early believers to their leaders and faith, and the incredible strength of four different women to go their own way in a time when that was unacceptable.
The selflessness of these women was inspiring, and did leave me shedding a tear or two.

Set in the time of ancient Israel, we definitely get a good feel for the time and struggle these people had to deal with.