To celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah, we’re bringing light to seven wonderful Jewish romances. From lush fairytale retellings to sizzling contemporaries, we’re sure you’ll latke these romances a lot! Chag Sameach!
A gorgeous, unique, magical take on Jewish lore, legends, and love. Both haunting and familiar, this story weaves rising anti-semitism with the encroaching dangers of a Goblin Market that pays homage to Christina Rossetti. As for the romantic elements, may I just say the grand gestures are spectacular?
An American historical romance and the second-chance bodyguard romance of your dreams. There’s a dangerous road trip (with trains!), delicious pining, and a wonderfully complex and daring heroine — Amalia’s just the sort of independent, take-charge heroine we need this year. And of course, Amalia’s parent’s love story is as equally wonderful — their journey is in Felicia Grossman’s debut Appetites & Vices.
A steamy, delightful Hanukkah story by the much-loved Corey Alexander. The writing is just stunning, the characterization is deep and thoughtful and sensitive to the characters’ nuanced, often difficult backstories, and if you have more patience than I, you’d stretch the reading out over all eight nights of Hanukkah. Please note that Corey passed this fall. They were a longtime romance community member and advocate for transgender, disability, neurodivergence, and Jewish representation. May their memory be a blessing.
A Hallmark-styled, sweet contemporary romance with all of my favorite small-town tropes! There’s opposites-attract between our two stubborn leads and a delightful mix of traditions old and new, as well as suburban vs city living.
How about two sweet, sexy contemporary romances? Knit One, Girl Two (not pictured) is just a wholesome, pure delight of knitting, sock clubs, and flirting with fan fiction, and Imaginary Lines turns the angst-filled trope of “in love with my childhood best friend” into an absolute delight of a story, with minimal heartache and lots of feel-good squee.
Megan Hart; K. K. Hendin; Stacey Agdern; Jennifer Gracen
A much-loved Jewish romance collection centered around Hanukkah, and the warm fuzzies these stories provide is a miracle indeed. And for a new story collection to add to the books, also check out Love All Year, an anthology of holiday romances from religions, ethnicities, and cultures around the world!
Sam Brody is an editorial assistant at Forever. Find her on Twitter @samjbrody.