This novel’s title refers to the ghosts of a work’s former details that sometimes reappear as an oil painting ages. Rosie Ebanholz spends her young life uncovering the ghosts of her separate past as another person. Set in 1930s through 50s New York City and environs, the story follows a Jewish immigrant trying desperately to bring his young wife and daughter out of Nazi-dominated Europe. But a hate crime destroys both, and a betrayal within his New York community spirals Nathan into two crimes…one of passion and one of redemption, thereby changing the lives of all involved forever. In its searing climax the truth finally wins, as past and present meet head-on.
Highly suspenseful with deft characterizations, wonderful setting details and haunting sadness, Repentances rises above its genre to grab the reader’s soul. Highly recommended.