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Dear Natalie,
 
I just woke up from a lovely nap. The flight is great and in two hours I'll be landing in Israel. I can't wait to see you and Jerusalem again. I hope we can go out for a great dinner tonight. You pick.
 
Will David join us? Will we go shopping tomorrow?
 
I hope we go and find your mystery woman also.  I always thought you had a bit of Nancy Drew in you!  Do you remember in college how you guessed who was sleeping with whom or who had a crush on someone? At first I thought you were psychic but then I realized you picked up on all sorts of tiny cues that I missed, like watching people's eye movements.  Don't wait for me to see what is on that piece of paper that is in the Prayer book.  Maybe someone in the hotel can translate the page.  Anyway, I'm ready to go adventuring with you.
 
Guess what movie I watched before I dozed off? Mamma Mia.
 
It wasn't as good as the play but still I love all the songs and the energy and the colors were gorgeous. Greece isn't that far from Israel. Maybe we can go over there for a few days and explore a Greek Island. How does that sound? Maybe we'll have an adventure there, also! Who knows what is around the next corner?
 
I'll do anything fun! It is such a relief for me to be away. Away from everyone and everything! Gary is great but I even need a break from him. He looked so sad when he took me home last night. But I'm not sad. I am almost relieved not to be seeing him for a few weeks. It's all too new-I mean my divorce-for me to be really ready for another permanent relationship. I don't even like the word 'permanent' right now. I want to be free as a bird. Feeling good about myself. Feeling alive. Making up for lost time!
 
Janet is handling any customers that come my way while I'm away. Everything is in order. I didn't even leave any food to rot in the frig! I am ready! Let's have the best time we have ever had!
 
Love you,
 
Maggie

Dear Maggie,

Alley Bookstore in Jerusalem - Next Year in JerusalemI forgot to tell you that after I met this mysterious woman that we are going to go see together, I went shopping. Normally I don't go into strange little bookstores. You know me, the boutiques are what catches my eye, or the art galleries. It was late out and dark. I was just wandering as David wasn't coming back to the hotel until 9:00 that night. I had some falafel at a small restaurant. There was something about this small bookstore on a side street that beckoned me. I felt almost pushed to walk in. There was a pleasant older woman running the shop and she left me alone. The place smelled of old books and mold. I liked the smell. It reminded me of my great grandmother's book case in her living room. It had glass doors but when you opened the case it smelled sooo old. I didn't mind. After all, she was old, but she loved me and inside the case were fairytale books from when she was a kid. They were amazing with gorgeous illustrations. I would lick lime lollipops, lie on the floor and read the fairytales. I still feel bad she died when I was 8. I wish I could have known her a few more years.

 

 

I was drawn to a book with a silver cover. At least it looks like silver. I asked the woman about it. She told me it is a prayer book. I never saw a prayer book with a silver cover! Well, I guess you figured out the rest. I couldn't help it. I bought the book. You know I hardly ever pray and I don't read Hebrew. But I couldn't resist. Here's the picture of it.

Prayer Book - Next Year in Jerusalem

Maybe there is a secret in the book tied into the mystery woman! And yes, there is a piece of paper in the book. It is in Hebrew. So we will have to wait to know what is on it. I bet it is instructions for us on how to proceed!

My new name is Nancy Drew!

Love, Me

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