Born Under Fire is a historical novel that takes place during the 1930’s. It paints a wonderful picture of what life was like when Jews were forced to flee the rule of Hitler and escaped to Israel. As you follow the life of the main character, Shula, you learn about the deeply embedded traditions of the Jewish people, what it is like living in a country during turmoil, and how refugees built their way of life in a new country.  

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.


cover of the book "Born Under Fire"

I have always enjoyed learning about the Jewish culture and this book provides an opportunity to examine those rich traditions. Through the detailed picture of Shula’s life, you are able to experience the world she lives in through her eyes.  Born Under Fire not only gives an account of historical events, but it has a powerful story of perseverance embedded into the thread of this story.

My Final Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed this novel in its entirety for several reasons. First, I was able to learn more about Jewish culture and historical events throughout the story. It also encouraged me to learn about refugees and how they are forced to flee their country and build a new life. With all of the same things happening today all over the world, this aspect of the story paints the true picture of resilience as well as bravery and encourages compassion in the process. The main character, Shula, allows us to see the world through her eyes as she grows up during uncertain times, but rises above those circumstances. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys learning about other cultures and history. 

About the Author:

headshot of the author Rina Z. Neiman

Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

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