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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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4 out of 5 stars
By BPotter on 01-08-18

Mixed Thoughts

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By wendy budnick on 01-23-18

Highly recommend

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

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By J E BEASLEY on 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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2 out of 5 stars
By Julie Ann Jones on 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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By Melinda Hannett on 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.

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