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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Stealing Love by H. Schreter tells the story of a Jewish businessman living and working in Israel, not really sure where his life is heading, and not really convinced he has met the love of his life and wants to settle down. Then his world is thrown into turmoil when his boss offers him the chance to go to Romania for a few months to find a good plot for a new hotel to be built. He seems the perfect candidate for such a job as he is able to speak a little Romanian. So he goes to Romania on his somewhat extraordinary mission, and so the amusement begins as he meets an assortment of strange and comical characters, experiences some unusual situations, to say the least, and attempts to adjust to the rather bizarre customs and way of life that Romania offers. Life becomes complicated when he meets Vasile, who owns a plot of land that could be perfect, and has a beautiful daughter that steals his heart.
After a slow start the story picks up pace once the life, characters and customs of Romanian village life are explored. There are some amusing scenarios and belligerent characters that add to the comedic aspect. This is not a belly-wobbling, laugh-a-minute book, but it holds one's interest because the reader is intrigued by the strange people and situations in which the protagonist finds himself. The writing flows, and the characters are described very well. It could be tightened up to give more pace, but the essence of the story comes through and makes a compelling read, if only to find out what next strange event will occur to this somewhat hapless businessman. Love the cover.