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A priceless violin. A family torn apart.
A decision that could change everything.
Berlin, 1939. Fourteen-year-old Simon Horowitz is awash in a world of music. His family owns a superb collection of instruments and at its heart is his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesú violin. But all is lost when the Nazis march across Europe, the Horowitz family's possessions are confiscated, and Simon and his father and brother are sent to Dachau. Amid unimaginable cruelty and death, Simon finds kindness from an unexpected corner, and a chance to pick up a violin in exchange for a chance to live.
In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez has seen much in his time on the world's stage, but he finds himself oddly inspired by the playing of an aspiring violin virtuoso, a fantastic talent who is just fourteen. When the boy, Daniel Horowitz, Simon's grandson, suddenly rebels and refuses toplay another note, Rafael decides he'll do anything he can to change that. After Rafael learns the boy's family once owned a precious violin, believed to have been lost forever, he thinks he might know how to get Daniel playing again. In taking on the task he discovers a family story like no other, one that winds from World War II and Communist Russia all the way to Rafael's very own stage.
It is a very touching, heartwarming story very well done.
There is a great deal of interesting historical and musical information which has been very well researched and that mixed with the story makes for a wonderful read.
As a history aficionado, I really enjoyed the historical detail and the storyline, and I read the entire book in two days.
I really enjoyed this novel, just wanted to keep reading to find out morePublished 2 days ago by Adrianne Watson
This book weaves a beautiful tale linking the long-ago and the present and ties distant places and the lives of unlikely people together, all connected by the colorful thread of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara Stickland
I enjoy books about different topics and for although we re-visit the war it is from a different angle ,relating to the survivors .music and incredible talent .Published 3 months ago by Chris
The author is so well informed about the instruments and the people that played them, it almost makes you think it is a true story, (and it could have been)Published 3 months ago by Eva Sublin
I enjoyed reading The Keeper of Secrets and found the storyline compelling and interesting. The author managed to tie several different but related tales together.Published 3 months ago by Faye Samuels
Took a trial of this book first and felt I would enjoy it. Really enjoyed the multiple story lines, which merge together. Also learned from this book, always a bonus.Published 4 months ago by MAR
Wonderfully written, engrossing read. Research is abundant and interesting, story line is emotional albeit slightly fantastical; characters are vivid. Recommended! Read morePublished 5 months ago by rita