Eight Secret Nights by Shoshana David
Someone’s been leaving Hanukkah presents on Mara’s doorstep.
Mara never gets presents. After all, this is New York. No one leaves anything on your doorstep unless it's an eviction notice. And the gifts definitely aren't that.
Who can her secret admirer be? Her best friend? Her family? The cute guy who just moved in next door? The creep from 7A? Please, dear God, not the last one! Either way, this Hanukkah will be one Mara will be sure never to forget.
This is a standalone novella that is complete with a happy for now ending. No cliffhangers here.
I’d love to read more of Mara and Evan together - Evan’s family’s Ugly Christmas Sweater competition sounds like a blast - and I’d be delighted to read more by this new author who writes with such an authentic New Yorker Jewish voice. Five stars for a fantastic short read. -- Brutally Honest Reviews
I really want to see how this author develops, though, especially if she continues to draw on her own traditions and experiences to bring us thoroughly modern, but also slightly different to the usual, heroines in her future writing. -- Stevie Carroll