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Heartfelt Review for MIRACLES AND MENORAHS by Stacey Agdern

Sarah Goldman loves Hanukkah, and she’s thrilled to be appointed as vice chair of the Hollowville Hanukkah Festival. So when the festival is threatened with cancellation, she comes up with an idea: a new slogan and advertising campaign topped off with a metal menorah large enough to fill the center of town. But even though her heart and dreams are large, the committee’s budget constraints threaten to stop her grand plans right in their tracks.
Famous metal sculptor Isaac Lieberman also loves Hanukkah. But his vision of a perfect Hanukkah isn’t a commercial community event—it’s spending time with family, following age-old traditions. He’s not interested in the festival, no matter how many times his grandmother, his bubbe, asks him to contribute one of his sculptures.
Then Sarah comes tumbling into his life…can she change his mind about more than just the holidays?

Miracles and Menorahs (Friendships and Festivals, #1) by Stacey Agdern
Series: Friendships and Festivals #1
Published by Tule Publishing on October 13, 2020

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance

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I received a complimentary ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review.



Eileen's Thoughts

Sarah and Isaac’s story in Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern, book one in her Friendships and Festivals series, is a fun, heartwarming, sweet romance that brings two people together when they least expect it.

This story is a story from Ms. Agdern’s heart. For those non-Christians, Christmas can be a difficult time of the year. People don’t understand what you are going through, and you are surrounded by red and green, Christmas trees, and a feeling like you don’t belong anywhere. This story provides joy to some of those non-Christians, giving them a place, a home, a community, where they can feel accepted and a place where they belong. This is the perfect story to be turned into a Hallmark holiday movie.

Sarah Goldman loves Hanukkah and is honored to be appointed vice chair of the Hollowville Hanukkah Festival. Unfortunately, one of the town trustees wants to turn the festival into a carbon copy of every of town’s holiday celebration, focusing on Christmas only. Sarah decided to make some improvements to the Hanukkah Festival; a new slogan, a logo, a major advertising campaign, and a metal menorah, large enough to fill the center of town. The only thing to derail her plans is the committee’s budget constraints and locating a sculptor willing to create her dream.

Isaac Lieberman is a famous metal sculptor who also loves Hanukkah. His vision of the perfect Hanukkah is not a commercial community event but spending time with family and taking part in age-old traditions. He is grandmother, his bubbe, lives in Hollowville and sends Sarah to talk to him.

Sarah and Isaac have an unusual meet cute, and sparks do fly, but the difference in their visions for the celebration does cause a few obstacles. Spending time in Hollowville visiting his bubbe and Sarah, getting to know more about the celebration and the town just might be the key to changing Isaac’s mind about creating the sculpture; or will it?


Ms. Agdern wrote a wonderfully sweet, heartwarming, and moving story that is not to be missed. This story contains perfect chemistry, romantic dates, fun banter, the magic of love, and charming characters giving Sarah and Isaac a chance a chance at love, happiness, and a future together. I highly recommend Miracles and Menorahs to other readers.

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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.


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