5 stars From Goodreads by Len Knighton “94 Maidens is the riveting story of the author’s family history as she discovered it and perceived it as told in the historical novel portion of the book. Three tributaries contribute to this one river of suspense and emotion. Rhonda Fink-Whitman, with her husband and son, takes an eventful journey through the portals that enable her to learn of her ancestors who lived and died during the Holocaust. One branch of the river, pictured on the cover of the book, is also a branch of her family tree, a branch splintered but never destroyed. The third branch, Sarah and her 94 maidens, is the focus of perhaps the most memorable story of all. The only negative I have of the book is in what could have been a beautiful reflection by the author of this third story, for it is, in my admittedly Gentile eyes, a modern-day version of the legend of Masada. In resistance to tyranny separated by 19 centuries, the Jews denied their oppressors a final victory.
I probably heard of this book on an NPR program a number of years ago. It was one of the first books on my Kindle Wish List but not chosen until last week. A quick read, it is, yes, another in a long bibliography of Holocaust accounts. But if you take the time to read it, you will never forget the 94 maidens.”
Wow! Thank you so much, Len, for taking the time to read 94 Maidens and for writing such an eloquent 5-star review!!! I love how you painted your description of my story so beautifully as a river with three tributaries (are you a writer too?) and since there are many examples of martyrdom in Jewish history, I never personally connected 94 Maidens particularly to Masada, but boy does that fit and I am thrilled that you were able to make that connection!! It’s always gratifying to me, as an author, to see my readers connect in ways I never even imagined! Especially readers who are not of the Jewish faith! I am glad that I left that for you to discover on your own. Well done! I’m also so pleased that you finally got to it on your Kindle wish list and I’m especially elated that it did not disappoint! Thanks again!! ~ Rhonda