BJ is looking for an older romance, the description of which is totally unusual:
In high school, I remember reading a romance (if it wan’t the first one I read, it was pretty close….) that I’d like to track down. Would love it for my sake (to see if it was a decent as I remember….), but also to help a friend who is working on a thesis about the portrayal of Arabs in romances, so is looking for something other than the standard sheikh, which she has in abundance……
What I remember:
Published no later than 1984, when I graduated from high school, but may well have been several years old at the time. I’d guess it was actually published mid to late 1970s—my vague memory is that it had a white-ish cover with artwork in the style typical of the era for this type of romance. I don’t think it was issued by one of the series publishers……definitely not a standard Harlequin size; it was definitely somewhat thicker (more like the usual stand-alone).
Basic plot outline:
American Jewish woman (adult, professional, IIRC) travels to Israel (maybe planning to live there for a while?) and falls for a Palestinian man (possibly displacing a Jewish boyfriend or at least a potential boyfriend—I think she met one or both of the men on the plane from NY). They have the usual various and sundry difficulties but end up together at the end. Wish I could make the summary as amusing as many of them have been, but that’s all I remember
Preliminary/introductory comment on the date of the story was that it took place in the not-too-distant future, when ‘the situation is less tense than it is now’ or some such wording.
Many, many thanks……I’ve been looking for this for a while but haven’t seen it in any of the multitude of used book stores I’ve looked at, and my friend’s research is bumping it back to the top of the want-to-find list.
Whoa. Anyone remember this one? I’d totally want to read that!