The Scent of Heat
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 across 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.
THE SCENT OF HEAT is fabulous! It is a page-turner! You should be very proud. It's a great read, with fleshed-out characters, intriguing plot and a surprising twist at the end. Well done, Estee!-
KATHI DIAMANT - author of Kafka's Last Love
As an avid reader, I was eager to finish this enchanting and thought provoking novel. I cared for the young woman who learned from painful mistakes in judgement. Set in Israel, this is a sensitive description of the loss of a parent, betrayal of a first love and the support of her family.
Beverly Victor - Librarian