by Geraldine Brooks
I have a fascination with history and enjoy when a book combines history with mystery. This book is based on a true account. It is the story of the creation of an illumined Haggadah and its travels down through the centuries to its final resting place in Sarajevo. Hanna Heath, a rare book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime. She is hired to analyze and conserve a mysterious illumined Hebrew manuscript. As she inspects the book, she discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book’s ancient binding. These lead her on a journey into the book’s past to the people who created it and protected it over hundreds of years.
It is a story of courage and perseverance. With her wonderful storytelling gift Ms. Brooks takes you from the present to the past and back again.