Sunday, April 28, 2019

Party Favours

Wikipedia tells me that "party favor or party favour is a small gift given to the guests at a party as a gesture of thanks for their attendance, a memento of the occasion, or simply as an aid to frivolity."

Back in 2018 guests at the MyHeritage Rootstech party were given a book as a party favour. I took my book home and put it on my "To Read" pile, as it was a hardcover book (and therefore heavy to hold up in bed) the book languished on that pile until I attended Rootstech in 2019. One of the fellow guests at the 2018 party asked me if I had read the book and I sheepishly answered "Not yet". This genimate suggested that I should read the book as it was a really good story. On my return home I read the book "Something beautiful happened" by Yvette Manessis Corporon. 

I discovered that it was indeed "a story of survival and courage in the face of evil" as described on its cover. The author masterly wove several interconnecting family stories into the text which kept me reading to the last word. She took me to Greece, Israel and the US, travelled from the 1940s to today and introduced me to a cast of interesting characters from different faiths. 

I imagine that MyHeritage gave us this book as their staff provided Ms Corporon and the persons in the story with a great deal of pro bono support to solve their genealogical mysteries. The author wrote glowingly of the MyHeritage team's involvement.

A belated thanks to the MyHeritage team for this thoughtful party favour which I thoroughly enjoyed. With its themes of family, courage, survival, grief, persistence and tolerance it was a perfect gift.

If any of my genimates whom I will be seeing in the near future would like to read this book please let me know and I'll arrange get it to you.

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