HFVBT Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway: The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Dweck

I don't often give my thoughts on books I read for the tours that I coordinate with HF Virtual Book Tours because my opinion might be suspect given the fact that I am marketing the book, however it would be remiss for me, as your self-appointed historical fiction temptress, to not mention my love for this novel. The Debt of Tamar was the first book I read in 2014 and I could not have chosen a better book to kick off the year. It's simply phenomenal. It's one of those reads that will never leave you, no matter how long ago you closed the cover. I cannot thank MJ Rose enough for bringing this title and the author to my attention. I am so excited to see where Nicole Dweck goes next!

The Debt of Tamar 
Pub: February 4, 2013| Devon House Press Paperback; 332p

During the second half of the 16th century, a wealthy widow by the name of Doña Antonia Nissim is arrested and charged with being a secret Jew. The punishment? Death by burning. Enter Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman "Schindler," and the most celebrated sultan in all of Turkish history. With the help of the Sultan, the widow and her children manage their escape to Istanbul. Life is seemingly idyllic for the family in their new home, that is, until the Sultan's son meets and falls in love with Tamar, Doña Antonia's beautiful and free-spirited granddaughter. A quiet love affair ensues until one day, the girl vanishes.

Over four centuries later, thirty-two year old Selim Osman, a playboy prince with a thriving real estate empire, is suddenly diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Abandoning the mother of his unborn child, he vanishes from Istanbul without an explanation. In a Manhattan hospital, he meets Hannah, a talented artist and the daughter of a French Holocaust survivor. As their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, readers are taken back to Nazi-occupied Paris, and to a sea-side village in the Holy Land where a world of secrets is illuminated.

Theirs is a love that has been dormant for centuries, spanning continents, generations, oceans, and religions. Bound by a debt that has lingered through time, they must right the wrongs of the past if they're ever to break the shackles of their future.

The Debt of Tamar

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About the Author

Nicole DweckNicole Dweck is a writer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.

As a descendant of Sephardic (Spanish) refugees who escaped the Inquisition and settled on Ottoman territory, Dweck has always been interested in Sephardic history and the plight of refugees during the Spanish Inquisition. The Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was a two-time finalist in the UK's Cinnamon Press Novel Award Competition. It has also received an honorable award mention in the category of Mainstream/Literary Fiction from Writers Digest and was the highest rated book for two weeks running on the Harper Collin's "Authonomy" website. It has claimed a #1 Bestseller spot in the Amazon Kindle Middle East Fiction category, a #1 Bestseller spot in Amazon Kindle Jewish Fiction category, and has been included as one of the "Hot 100" Kindle bestsellers in the category of Historical Fiction.

Dweck holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Global Studies with a focus on Middle East Affairs (NYU) . Her non-fiction articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including The New York Observer and Haute Living Magazine.

She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

For more information visit Nicole's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, February 24
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 25
Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, February 26
Review at Unabridged Chick

Thursday, February 27
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Friday, February 28
Review at History Undressed

Monday, March 3
Review at The Written World
Review at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, March 4
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, March 5
Review at Just One More Chapter
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Thursday, March 6
Review at Stephanie Thornton Website

Friday, March 7
Review at The Maiden's Court

Tuesday, March 11
Review at One Book at a Time
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Wednesday, March 12
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, March 13
Review at Kelsey's Book Corner

Friday, March 14
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, March 17
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, March 18
Review at Chick With Books

Wednesday, March 19
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Thursday, March 20
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, March 21
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, March 24
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Tuesday, March 25
Review at The Novel Life
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, March 26
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Thursday, March 27
Review at Kincavel Korner

Friday, March 28
Review at The True Book Addict
Review & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Interview at Kincavel Korner


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  1. I am captivated with this fascinating novel since the subject and the storyline interest me greatly. I am an Ashkenazi and this novel is memorable. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Can’t wait to read this book! I love that history intertwines look forward to discovering its secrets.

  3. OMG, I want to read this! thanks for the giveaway

  4. This looks like a fascinating book! I'm adding it to my TBR list!

  5. Sounds like a great book, and I still haven't lost my enthusiasm for books that go back and forth between time periods.

  6. Thanks for the recommendation. It looks like a fascinating story.

  7. It sounds like an amazing and very touching story. I love how it blends the past with modern day. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  8. Ooh, love the sounds of this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Ever since you first started reading The Debt of Tamar, Amy, and said how good it was, I've been anxious to read it!

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  10. That's a pretty remarkable story, a relationship that spans four centuries. It is interesting that some of the traditions and customs of the old world are not very different today even after all that time.

  11. I love multi time period stories. This one sounds intriguing.

  12. I would love to read this book!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  13. Your opinion carries a good deal of weight, Amy, and I'm very interested to read THE DEBT OF TAMAR as soon as possible!

  14. This one I've had on my to-read list. The Middle East is a region that always sparks my general interest, so historical fiction in this setting has an extra appeal! Thanks for another great contest!


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