I heard about Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers through a fellow book club member and was instantly drawn to the topic - the Jewish exodus into the Judean desert in 70 C.E. This dramatic story chronicles the lives of four women - Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah - whose fates intersect in a desert settlement as they seek refuge from invading Roman troops. As they tend to a flock of doves in one of King Herod’s abandoned palaces, they each are challenged with obstacles that include love, death, war and mythology. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and reading about the Masada massacre made me think of one of my favorite books of all time - Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent. If you also enjoyed reading this book, then definitely pick up a copy of The Dovekeepers - you won’t be able to put it down!
P.S. I couldn’t resist adding an image of Masada to this post - it definitely helped me imagine what life would’ve been like for the main characters!