[Book Review] Mannahatta: A Sequel by Sherry V. Ostroff

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By Sherry V. Ostroff

A sequel to Caledonia, we rejoin Hanna Duncan three years after the original book, pursuing her doctorate in archeology. Her studies take her to Central America where she finds herself in danger at the hands of a gang. Meanwhile, her ancestor, Anna’s story continues in the new world. She encounters danger of her own at the hands of a cook from the ship, fixated on revenge.

I have been looking forward to this book for some time now. Ostroff, once again, brilliantly weaves past and present to create wonderful parallels between the two heroines of her story. The book is thoroughly researched and kept me engrossed from beginning to end. I found the references to the Jewish experience, post the Spanish Inquisition, while difficult to read, very interesting.

Ostroff has crafted a perfect sequel in Mannahatta. You won’t be able to put this one down. I would like to thank the author for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Sherry V. Ostroff earned a Bachelor’s in education from Temple University and a Master’s in history from Millersville University. She has taught all levels: elementary, secondary and college. Ostroff happily devotes her time to writing, her family, and traveling around the world. She lives with her high school sweetheart in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The author’s first book is THE LUCKY ONE. It is based on her mother’s memoir detailing her frightening escape from Eastern Europe in the 1920’s. Her second book, CALEDONIA, is an award-winning historical novel about two women living 300 years apart but bound by mysterious circumstances. The story covers a little known historical event that changed the course of history. The sequel, MANNAHATTA, will be out in the Spring 2021. Visit the author’s website at sherryvostroff.com. The author is available to meet with book groups and offers PowerPoint programs on the art of writing.

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