When Hanna Heath gets a call in the middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious medieval manuscript that has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of war-torn Sarajevo, she knows she is on the brink of the experience of a lifetime.

A renowned book conservator, she must now make her way to Bosnia to start work on restoring the Sarajevo Haggadah – one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illustrated with images – to discover its secrets and piece together the story of its miraculous survival over five centuries of history. But the trip will also set in motion a series of events that threaten to rock Hanna’s orderly life, including her encounter with Ozren Karamen, the young librarian who risked his life to save the book.

I did have a bit of trouble getting into this book. I like the idea of the plot, but I think what actually happened in this novel was at times, a bit difficult for me to grasp. I liked that I got to read about the history of the Haggadah – it made the book more interesting for me, even if I did confuse myself when I got to the next chapter and it was a different character! There wasn’t as much about Hanna’s experiences as I was expecting, but I felt a bit of what she was doing and going through.



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