|The Dovekeepers is historical fiction which excels in both aspects, making history come intensely alive with 4 fictional characters based on archeological findings at Masada where 900 Jewish men, women and children stood up to a massive and superior Roman Legion force. Four women each have a section of the book devoted to their stories; while the sections could stand alone, the interweaving adds to the depth and vibrancy of the tale. It is mesmerizing and sometimes heartbreaking, but very compelling. The writer creates characters so real that the reader feels able to relate to their struggles and emotions, and believes that one could walk into another room, find them and talk about their lives. The writer did years of research which coupled with the expert writing, draws one in, resulting in feeling invested in the people, learning that their hopes and aspirations are akin to ours, and that we are complicated, not all good or all bad.