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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Uri Full of Light is a work of fiction penned in the literary style by author Holly A. Sortland. Written for adult audiences, the work does contain some scenes of mild violence, some use of explicit language and references to sexual situations. Dealing with themes of human fortitude, religious transformation, and intense romance, the story takes place in the late nineties, early 2000s, and during Israel’s Second Intifada. As life takes truly unpredictable turns, Hannah Hagen is transformed by meeting Uri, an Orthodox Jewish boy, whose passion for his faith and community gives Hannah new purpose and meaning. In an uncertain time of terrifying suicide bombings and civil unrest, this pair of lovers must try to survive and thrive.
Author Holly A. Sortland has crafted a fantastic, uplifting, bittersweet, and intense romantic novel in a less represented setting, and one which has much to teach us about culture, religion, faith, and love during a turbulent period of history in Israel. I really appreciated the deep commitment to character development which has clearly gone into Uri and Hannah, whose intense feelings and emotions are well conveyed through the author’s close narration and descriptive prose. The atmospheric tension of living in Israel, particularly during such turbulent times, is well delivered to give a full sense of the fear and uncertainty of the time, and I feel that it makes the achievements of the characters all the more resonant and inspiring. Overall, I would highly recommend Uri Full of Light to readers who enjoy culturally diverse and accomplished fiction.