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The Silver Music Box (The Silver Music Box series) Paperback – December 1, 2017
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About the Author
Mina Baites has written stories for as long as she has been able to think, and she loves transporting her readers to new, mysterious worlds. She has published a number of successful contemporary romances under the pseudonym Anna Levin. She also cowrites historical novels set in her beloved Germany as one half of the pseudonymous author Gerit Bertram. Mina lives with her family in northern Germany and loves traveling.
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Which I have to admit was the same for this book. I read the sample chapters of this book 3 times before finally deciding, reluctantly, to make it my month's selection.
I wasn't expecting too much, and though it didn't really grip me until about 20% in, it turned out to be an utterly delightful read. Such a beautiful story. There weren't a lot of moments that really burned in my mind, but the book as a whole is wonderful. There is absolutely no language or sex, and while several other KF selections in the past have enchanted me somewhat more, there was nothing in this book that made me want to knock off a star. I'd definitely recommend it as a solid choice for readers of historical fiction.
The Silver Music Box is one of the best Kindle First books I have read. I started it this morning when I had a little free time and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. The book is beautifully written – it was originally written in German and then translated into English so occasionally a turn of phrase or expression is a little unusual but that didn’t impact the story one bit. The tale starts out slowly but really picks up about a third of the way in.
The silver music box is at the heart of the tale. As the book opens in 1914, Johann Blumenthal creates an ornate silver music box for his son Paul so that Paul will remember his father while Johann goes off to fight for Germany in World War 1. The story continues through the decades until the mid-1960’s following Paul and his family members and close friends with the silver music box remaining the thread that ties them all together. At times uplifting and at other times heartbreaking, the story sucked me in until I made it to the very last page.
My favorite part of the book was Lilian’s story, and the path she is lead down when her adoptive parents die. Have tissues handy!! I also liked that a list of characters is included at the front of the book; it is very helpful because there are a lot of people in the book. I also enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end where she discusses her exhaustive research and the facts she altered a bit for the purpose of maintaining the flow of the book. I was happy to learn that one of my favorite characters, August Konrad, was based on a real person – what a pleasant surprise!
The Silver Music Box is a wonderful and heartrending tale that will stay with me for a long time.
I have always loved family sagas, this one is wonderful. Highly recommend.
This was an incredible historical fiction novel. I have read many books taking place right up to and during World War 2 but was not very familiar with role of Jewish soldiers fighting for Germany in World War 1. I thought the story of Paul and Clara was fascinating and what they were willing to do in order to fulfill Clara's dream. I loved the role of the music box in the story and how it spanned generations. Knowing how history played out it made for tense reading at times but in my opinion it is a book well worth reading because it accurately shows the tough decisions people had to make during that time period. I definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in historical fiction.
The writing is like a fine wine - it goes down so smoothly. The story of the Blumenthalls was captivating and, while fiction, paints a poignant picture of a terrible period in history. The author does an excellent job of bringing every character in the book, and there are several, to life. I highly recommend The Silver Music Box. As another reviewer mentioned, have several tissues close at hand.