Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Home For the Challah Days by Jennifer Wilck



Turning the bitterness of the past…

Into a sweet future!

Home For the Challah Days

Holidays, Heart and Chutzpah Book 1

by Jennifer Wilck

Genre: Contemporary Romance 


Turning the bitterness of the past…

Into a sweet future!

When big-city advocate Sarah Abrams returns home for the High Holy Days, she’s got a lot on her mind—especially whether to marry her perfect-on-paper boyfriend. The last person she wants to encounter is Aaron Isaacson, her first love and the one who broke her heart. But after Aaron and Sarah join forces to fight an act of hate, it’s clear that their deep connection never abated. If only they could forgive one another for the past…in time for a sweet new start!

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Aaron wiped the counter with a rag, scrubbing so hard he wouldnt be surprised if he wore a hole in the old Formica. Easing the rag away from the superclean area, he placed a piece of wax paper on the counter and grabbed two slices of rye bread. The din of the packed deli faded into the background. 

Sarah Abrams. 

His stomach clenched. Of all the people to walk into his deli, hed never expected her. Hed hoped at one time that shed change her mind and decide this is where she belonged. Dreamed about her for longer than hed like to admit—how her long, dark hair brushed his chest when she leaned over and kissed him, how her soft lips teased his, how her olive skin slid smoothly beneath his hands. Hed even broken an engagement with another woman because he couldnt get Sarah out of his head. But expected? It had been ten years. 

I asked for pumpernickel, the wizened old man complained across the counter. 

Aaron looked at the sandwich, swore under his breath and threw the rye slathered in mustard in the trash. 

Gloria! He shouted down the line toward an older woman with a brown apron covering her T-shirt and jeans. She patted the shoulder of the woman she was speaking to and strode over. 


His six-foot frame towered over her, and she craned her neck to meet his gaze. 

Can you take over for me? He wants…” He turned to the customer. Age and disappointment conspired to make the old man resemble a shar-pei. Aaron shook his head and ushered Gloria forward. Sorry, shell make your sandwich. And its on the house. 

Wiping his hands on his apron, he weaved through the staff behind the counter. When he reached his tiny office tucked in the back, he shut the door and sank into the rickety-wheeled desk chair. He ground his teeth until his jaw ached. Other parts of his body used to ache when he was around Sarah in high school and college. Theyd been inseparable. Her smile, with the one tooth a little crooked in the front, brightened any bad day. Her husky voice soothed him. Now, though? 

Disappointment simmered. Shed promised him forever and broken his heart, walking away from this town—from him—without a thought for the people shed left behind. 


Jennifer Wilck is an award-winning contemporary romance author for readers who are passionate about love, laughter, and happily ever after. Known for writing both Jewish and non-Jewish romances, her books feature damaged heroes, sassy and independent heroines, witty banter and hot chemistry. Jennifer’s ability to transport the reader into the scene, create characters the reader will fall in love with, and evoke a roller coaster of emotions, will hook you from the first page. You can find her books at all major online retailers in a variety of formats.

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.

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Michael Law said...

This looks like a sweet heartwarming novel.