For some reason, I thought The Dovekeepers had a WWII connection. I knew it was about Masada, but thought it jumped back and forth between the two time periods. It doesn't. Just the Masada storyline.
I was somewhat familiar with what happened at Masada, but I didn't remember exactly. And the author uses the historical account as a framework for the fictional characters. There are 4 sections, each told from the perspective of a different woman who ended up at Masada.
Honestly, it took me awhile to get interested. Our first narrator is boring at first. She is more interesting in the other narrators sections. About 100 pages in, I wanted to quit. But so many people who I trust for book advice had recorded it, and I was using it for a category of the book challenge, so I kept going.
I'm glad I finished reading it. Things got more interesting and then I liked it. I mean, spoiler alert: almost everyone dies, but I already knew that.