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Publisher's Summary

A captivating cross-generational novel from German author Mina Baites about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance with the power to bring them back together.

1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country - a country that would soon turn against his own family.

A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much-loved treasure is also a link to an astonishing past. With the keepsake is a letter from Lilian's mother, telling her daughter for the first time that she was adopted. Too young to remember, Lilian was rescued from a Germany in the grips of the Holocaust. Now only she can trace what happened to a family who scattered to the reaches of the world, a family forced to choose between their heritage and their dreams for the future.

©2017 Mina Baites (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 by Alison Layland.

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The first three fourths of this book was very well written with wonderfully crafted sentence structure combined with an intriguing story of a Jewish family struggling to survive the Nazi take over.
When the story jump to the 1969's, this well crafted book turned into a Lifetime story with two friends suddenly falling in love and immediately planning to marry. It was almost like one person began the book, then turn it over and had someone else finish it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Highly recommend

Loved this book! So well written. I highly recommend it. Also it so very well narrated.

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Terrible writing

Beginning of story was interesting but by the end the writing was so bad and repetitive I just wanted to give up. The author could have given a lot more thought into character building

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a beautiful story!

I listened each morning to The Silver Music Box while exercising on my “dreadmill” as I lovingly call it. I could not wait to begin each day as this story is so very moving and beautiful. It made a not so enjoyable task quite easy. It is very well performed and paced. I had tears in my eyes when the narration ended. I recommend this book highly!

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A Beautiful, Haunting Story of Love & Family

While it started slow the backstory was crucial to understand the next turn of events and what lead to the u folding if this plot. This story was difficult to take in at times but so full of family and heartbreak and sacrifice and ultimately a happy ending full of love. This Narrator did a wonderful job with the German language. I highly recommend.

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Wonderful book

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I think it would make a great movie.

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Both heartbreaking and inspirational. Loved it.

Didn't realize how attached I had become to this novel until it was finished. Beautifully written and narrated.

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A fascinating historical fiction!

Story follows account of one Jewish Family from World War I through to the 1980’s. Narrator excellent! The German people throughout the narrative really came to life!

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Great

I really enjoyed reading this story, very heart breaking yet has a good ending! I love the history where so many during that time suffered.

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Educational

This story encompasses the rise of Hilter, different options that the Jews choose during that time and what was the outcome. It came around full circle. Nicely done story.

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  • J E BEASLEY
  • 04-02-18

Best bargain

I bought this book on the daily deal, I didn’t know the author but I was interested in the subject. It was very enjoyable & I listened to it very quickly. My only slight criticism is a few odd pronunciations but a minor issue

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  • Julie Ann Jones
  • 02-15-18

Boring reader bland American mono tone voice

The book chops and changes in years to fast. Narrator mono tonal American voice I looked forward to this book; but can not stand the narrator's voice and story line
unable to finish this book very disappointed it's such a shame a good story line ruined

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

Great story

This is a well told story. Very moving and well written. I liked it very much

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  • Fi
  • 12-24-17

Exceptional

Beautifully written, poignant & powerful. One of the best books I’ve listened to / read this year.

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  • Melinda Hannett
  • 12-27-17

Beautiful and very sad story.

This book is beautifully written. l loved all of the characters. You will need your tissues close by.