"Ruchama King herself is a great matchmaker – between the sensual and the ethereal, between subtle storytelling and startling revelation. Her novel moves with a grace I have not yet encountered. What a loss it would have been to have never read it, or for her to have never written it."
"Beautifully written…Ms. King manages the right blend of humor and introspection as she takes what has become a trite concept, the aging single looking for love, and gives it a refreshing and dramatic twist…. Breathtaking."
"a talented insiders’ insider… [King]captures the subtlety and magic of [the Torah’s] traditions…"
"Her characters jump off the page and into the hearts of her audience….charming, spiritual tale."
"A page-turner…laces a mystical charm throughout."
"A tender, enlightening debut that…reads like a comedy of provincial manners. King then seems like a Jewish Jane Austen…"
"Seven Blessings is a wonderful literary alchemy that combines Malamud's 'The Magic Barrel' with Potok's 'The Chosen.'"
"No one should mistake this book for a simple romance novel. The characters are far too complex for that…"
"King uses the theme of matchmaking in a larger sense…Matching becomes the metaphor for all [the characters'] searches. And Jerusalem, with its exotic and familiar locales, is the tableau in which this graceful story unfolds."
"In Seven Blessings, Ruchama King consecrates tricky terrain. Her ultra-religious characters, whose spiritual practices date back thousands of years, populate a modern world….King is an excellent guide to this sphere, with all its lovely and odd wrinkles."
Seven Blessings was also published in the U.K. and the Netherlands. Ruchama would love to talk to your book club. Just send an email through the contact form to arrange a book club visit.