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Take sibling rivalry, Nazi Germany, and a basement full of familial secrets, and you've got the makings for Legacy of Silence, the saga of two sisters' lives. It's Berlin in 1939, and lovely Caroline Hartzinger and Lore, her unattractive adopted sister, are forced to escape to Switzerland. To make matters more heinous, their parents don't survive, Caroline's pregnant, and her lover mysteriously disappears. Eventually, the two women immigrate to the United States and try to begin new lives, but their painful past continues to haunt them and becomes unavoidable when a love interest comes between them.
Dana Ivey reads clearly and convincingly this sprawling novel tracing the long lives of two stepsisters who escape from Germany during the Nazi era. They settle in a small town in western New York, where they quickly become part of the community. Caroline, the youngest, pregnant by a German whom she believes jilted her, forges a new life, complete with a husband, two daughters, and a thriving restaurant business. Lore, the elder, resumes her nursing career and serves as beloved sister/aunt to the family. But setbacks occur, and the revelation of a secret deception provides a surprise ending. Plain, with 15 best sellers including Crescent City (Audio Reviews, LJ 6/15/92, and Treasures (Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/92) to her credit, has attempted an epic spanning three generations. However, this abridged version feels segmented and superficial, never fully engaging readers in the characters' lives. The tape quality, however, is excellent. Devotees of Plain will enjoy the book. Recommended for public libraries.?Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Another wonderfully detailed saga with historical insight and developed characters. The story is all tied up in suspence without horror.Published 1 month ago by Beverly A. Stitt
In Legacy of Silence, was another New York Times bestseller. I enjoyed it, like her other books. A little slow in some parts, but overall I loved the European parts so it didnt... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reading Renee
I have read this book many times in a past, but it never gets old or boring. Every time I found some new meaning to it. What a touching story, it always makes me cryPublished 1 month ago by fluffywitch
Another good read from Belva Plain! It kept me turning the pages. An entirely believable novel about a sad time in our world's history.Published 2 months ago by Judy Pet
Belva Plain always writes a 5-star book! I have read many of her books--some twice. Any time I come across a title that I have not read I just have to get that book.Published 5 months ago by Merry Sunshine
Belva Plain is a very good author, have read all of her booksPublished 6 months ago by Lynette Hampton
THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT - and who writes "excellent" better than Belva Plain! There is never a dull moment from the moment you begin reading... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SASunshine
Stories of several generations fascinate me because they show how dependent we are on those who came before us. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nancy Anne