Kirkus Reviews says:
“A well-constructed, highly informative historical novel.”
Clarion Reviews says:
“Based on true events and real people, At Vitoria pays homage to a community with strong roots and family ties. The little-known historical details make this an eye-opening and satisfying read.”
Marcia Fine for GoodReads says:
★★★★★ I couldn’t put this book down. With a glossary, bibliography and questions for reading groups this is a good book club choice. Brava!
Ann for GoodReads says:
★★★★★ I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves reading about history especially church and Jewish history.
Michelle for GoodReads says:
★★★★★ I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute reading it. Thanks Ms. Selz for your obsession and for sharing the story with us.
I bought this as a gift and my friend was delighted to receive it!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 25, 2023
“The subject matter is unusual and uplifting! It shows how genuine love of neighbor can triumph amidst abject evil.”
I love historical fiction.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 27, 2021
“This is a great read, a great history, a need to know history, and a sad history. It is personal, historical, uplifting and tragic at the same time. Marcia Selz writes well, tight and easy to read and compelling. The story is about the Jews of the Basque region of Spain and their history as told through the history of particular families. It shows that the roots of the Nuremberg Laws in Germany against the Jews were in part copied from the laws against Jews in Spain. I highly recommend this book.”
A Wonderful & Interesting Read!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 7, 2020
“At Vittoria is a wonderful and interesting read that taught me more about life in the Jewish community during the Spanish Inquisition. Such a great reminder of how different people with different backgrounds can all get along and work together supporting each other’s community needs. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it for book clubs and adult education learning!”
Sad and timely
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 29, 2019
“This was a very interesting and moving account of another one of the mass tragedies in human history. The truth based story of how a community decides to change or migrate as a result of extreme political changes is as timely now as in the 15th century. The writer’s style was not as good as the story, but it is the story that matters. This is well-worth reading if you are a student of history, Jewish or not.”
I enjoyed the book very much!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 12, 2021
“Very well written. The author has a talent that makes you feel the emotions of the characters through her words. I enjoyed the book very much.”
Reviewed in the Spain 🇪🇸 on May 25, 2018
“I loved the book! There were 3 things that specially surprised me:
1st the fluidity of the narrative being the first book of this author
2nd the emotion that you can feel in many passages of the book: from love to anger, and from joy to sadness.
And 3rd the love and respect how the author covers the fact that the Christian citizens of Vitoria respected the Aljama cemetery for nearly 500 years.
You can feel as you read the book all the effort, research, love & passion that the author used to write it. Go ahead & read it! You will love it!