I just finished this book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is an epic tale that spans from the end of the Ottoman rule in Jerusalem in 1911 and ends after WWII and the War of Independence in 1948.
The story follows Esther a Jerusalem Maiden from a strict Haredi ultra- Orthodox family. This particular sect of Jews maintain strict codes of behavior, reject secular influences and consider themselves the chosen among the chosen people.
Esther's battle with her upbringing and artistic talent is a major theme in this novel. The passion for creativity is a gift that she struggles to cultivate. Ultimately it is also a love story.