Everyone knows about the
Rothschilds, possibly the most famous Jewish family ever. Among Jews, the name
has become synonymous with ‘wealthy philanthropist’. In her historical novel,
based on extensive research, Sara Aharoni writes about the founding father of
this financial dynasty, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who was active in Germany in
the late 18th and early 19th centuries. And it is his
who is the narrator-heroine of the book. She keeps a secret diary in which she
bares her emotions, thoughts and secret desires. Gutle and her beloved Mayer
Amschel were both born in the Judengasse, the Jewish ghetto of
Frankfurt-am-Main and they married when she was 17 years old. Mayer was a bold,
creative man with acute senses, who fought against the prohibitions and
restrictions imposed on the Jews and strove to achieve equal rights for them.
At the same time, he was enormously successful in his family-based banking business,
which came to play a central role in Europe’s commercial life. Mayer and Gutle
passed on their values of diligence and devotion to their children, who settled
in the great capitals of Europe, established a network of financial
institutions and became one of the richest families in the world.
their wealth, their closeness to rulers and the emancipation granted to the
Jews, Mayer and Gutle never left the ghetto. Gutle’s great love for her
husband, the ten children she bore and raised, her choice to live modestly, the
tragedies she experienced and the moments of joy – all of these are masterfully
woven together in a sweeping and emotion-filled novel. Aharoni’s book
illuminates an engrossing period in the annals of European Jewry, set against
the background of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE (for publishers only).
Just like many readers in Israel, I think many
readers in other languages may find interest and enjoyment in Sarah Aharoni's
new novel, ‘Mrs. Rothschild's love’.
Author Amos Oz
Painstaking historical research, within the
gorgeous texture of a story created by an unmistakable literary talent…Because
Rothschild is a myth…in European consciousness, [the way that] this lovely
story transforms the myth into something alive and human is particularly
Author Abraham B. Yehoshua
Aharoni possesses clear and proven capabilities,
and her book has literary, historical and educational significance. Mrs.
Rothschild’s Love fuses a gripping novel with key historical episodes in Jewish
history, in a language and style that are accessible to all.
Author Amnon Jackont
The research done for this book deserves the
highest praise… This book is a bestseller that has burst ahead and taken a
place on all the lists. What is its magic secret? First and foremost–its
subject. This peek behind the scenes of the family whose name is synonymous
with legendary wealth was an excellent choice.
Alit Karp, Haaretz
You need great skill to be able to teach history
and retain the interest of your [audience]. Few can do this…Sara Aharoni is one
of them… A very interesting read, written with great skill, with a great deal
of information and knowledge about the period.
Kobi Finkler, Arutz 7
A sweeping and exciting book.
Nissim Katz, Yekum Tarbut
moving book, in the love that is built up in it, and in the power that it
engenders … The heroine is a powerful figure.
Shelly Lanzman, Globes
An excellent historical novel about the history of
the Rothschild dynasty…A moving love story…An interesting and important book. I
enjoyed reading it very much, and warmly recommend it!
Carmit Bar-Gil, Saloona
A breath-taking, emotion-packed novel
written by a master-craftswoman, in expressively vivid colors and with great
skill … This successful novel is based on impressive in-depth research by the
author, and the accuracy of the historical background it depicts is outstanding
… The author’s choice to write from a woman’s perspective is refreshing, making
it possible to divert attention from the men at the front of the stage to the
women hidden in the wings … In polished, enjoyable, spicy and intriguing prose,
Aharoni has given us a thrilling book, and from the moment you pick it up you
cannot put down.
Ely Leon, Literary
compelling novel … Read with bated breath.