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Ariella Paz is not in a good place. It’s the 1950s, and the 19-year-old is serving her country in the Israeli military, going home at night to a mother who is devastatingly ill, and realizing her dream of leaving home and going to America is slipping further and further away.
Meeting Arik Emmanuel, her boss’s friend, lifts her spirits and distracts Ariella from her sorrows. He showers her with love and luxury, which only masks the dangers inherent in his increasingly possessive behavior.
As their torrid and secret love affair plays out in Israel and Europe, Ariella has some big decisions to make. Can she really leave her family in their time of need? Does she have a legitimate future with Arik? And is there anyone in whom she can confide?
Each direction she turns will change her life dramatically. Perhaps our destiny isn't something written in the stars, but a path forged by the choices we make.
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“Estee - Wow. Just wow. I can’t begin to express how much I enjoyed this book. Your story was so strong, with well-developed characters, easily relatable story arcs, and just the right amount of pain, love, and lightness in a coming-of-age tale. This book is truly something special, and I don’t say that often.” – Anonymous, NY, USA
"The Scent of Heat transports you to 1950’s Israel, and into the heart of a tangled love affair. Thrilling, passionate, and shocking. This bold debut novel will keep you guessing and leave you wanting more." –Jessica Therrien, best-selling author of Oppression (Children of the Gods)
“A tightly crafted story of forbidden love and broken promises. The culture and customs of Israel and Israelis are carefully woven in to provide a delightful and complete background to Ariella’s life. Very gripping conclusion that keeps the reader engaged to the very end!" - Dr. Sally Pollack, Professor and Emmy recipient
“I loved everything about this sensual, exotic story. I felt a special kinship with the main character, Ariella, who discovers the painful truth about the people she loves most and must search for the strength to stand on her own. I was rooting for her dream to come true, all throughout The Scent of Heat. This coming of age love story is a must read!” – Holly Kammier, author of best-selling Kingston Court and Choosing Hope
“You can’t help but fall for Ariella Paz when grief and a covert romance stand between her and her dream. She stares down misfortune that threatens her future and her inner strength moves her forward. I loved E. P. Sery’s crafty debut novel, The Scent of Heat. It engaged me fully and left me yearning for a sequel.” – R. D. Kardon, author of Flygirl