Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Dovekeepers Novel by Alice Hoffman + Upcoming Broadcast on CBS

THE DOVEKEEPERS (a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett) will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

When I first heard about The Dovekeepers,  I had no idea about the characters or storyline. I received a copy of the novel (written by Alice Hoffman) and absolutely I fell in love with it. The history and the story about the lives of these courageous women is amazing and really inspiring.  I just had to read on to learn more about the characters. I am also thrilled about watching the series based on the novel. Don't forget to tune in March 31st on CBS. You don't want to miss it!

Click on the video below to watch the preview.


Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel About a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect In a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E.
The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

The Dovekeepers will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, “The Voice”), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature “Son of God.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

The Dovekeepers is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios’ Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.


Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the novel book and DVD from the PR Company/Publisher in exchange for my review. Thanks to Ulysses Press. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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  2. Hoffman is a genius at portraying the many shades of grey. And that's the power and persuasion of The Dovekeepers in a nutshell. While the circumstances may differ in the details from our own, it's immensely easy to relate to all of these characters and the loves and losses of all their days.

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