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The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year AD 70, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them and whom they love.
There is Yael, the assassin's daughter whose heartbreak leads to her true path in the ruins of the desert; Revka, the baker's wife who loses her dearest treasure on Earth yet finds the strength to protect her family; Aziza, the warrior's beloved who leads a secret life not even those closest to her could imagine; and Marit, beautiful witch of Moab, a woman as loyal as she is dangerous.
©2011 Copyright © Property Of, Inc 2011 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature." (Toni Jordan)
"Hoffman makes ancient history live and breathe in this compelling story." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By fiona's kindle on 03-08-2016

Strong and beautiful characters

The women of the dovecote epitomise courage, dignity, faith even though their story, the big picture of history anyway, is already written and they cannot win. Gaining and keeping control, maintaining integrity at the level of the Self, when the forces arrayed against you cannot be overcome, that's the message of this beautifully written, beautifully spoken book

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kylie on 29-11-2016

4 stars

A tough one to get into but compelling once the story is established. Graphically violent at times. An interesting insight into community and beliefs of the time. Overall it was enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ninell on 11-03-2018

Unforgettable....

So well written that one merges with the characters of a time long ago. And masterly narrated, making these women come alive. This book will stay with me for a long time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S McLoughlin on 05-06-2017

Absolutely stunning....

One day I will visit Masada and remember....
Beautiful narration, amazing book.
Will put this at the top of my list of memorable books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms T on 21-02-2018

A masterpiece

This story takes you on the journey of four women who escape their homeland due to an impending Roman invasion. The book describes beautifully their customs, faith and experiences whilst suffering incredible hardships. Alice Hoffman’s writing is extremely poetic and you easily become lost in the prose. This audiobook is narrated by four women who each take on the part of one of the main characters.

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