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The Silver Music Box ✼ The Silver Music Box Epub ✿ Author Mina Baites – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 For Paul, with love J 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 togetherFor 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 The Silver PDF \ leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country a country that would soon turn against his own familyA 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.


10 thoughts on “The Silver Music Box

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    3.5 When choosing to read a book about the Nazis and the Holocaust, one knows they are opening themselves up to some of the darkest days in history Yet, if the word gentle, could be applied to any book that touches on this subject, this is the one The focus is on one Jewish family, the Blumenthals The men Jewelers by trade, and the events that touch them are unveiled gently, with much of the focus on the Germans who were their friends, and others who went out of their way, at great risk to th 3.5 When choosing to read a book about the Nazis and the Holocaust, one knows they are opening themselves up to some of the darkest days in history Yet, if the word gentle, could be applied to any book that touches on this subject, this is the one The focus is on one Jewish family, the Blumenthals The men Jewelers by trade, and the events that touch them are unveiled gently, with much of the focus on the Germans who were their friends, and others who went out of their way, at great risk to themselves, to help them That is not to say they don t have their share of suffering and losses, just that is was different to read a book where this happened.The silver music box, is the connector between the generations, both symbol of love and a means of identity.i am not going to rehash the plot, the summary for this book, is one of the better ones Gives enough away without saying too much The first two thirds of the book covers the family in Germany and starts in the 1930s, when they begin to realize where the future, for Jews, may be heading This part is strongly written, well done and the focus is again on various members of this family I liked this part very much, which made my disappointment with the last part vividly stand out.The last part takes us to the 1960 s, and a young woman has had some surprising news This will send her on a guest to find those forgotten or scattered after the war Some of the revelations at this point lack the shock value, they would have had if this story had been told in a linear fashion It is also a little over written ,and one line in particular I felt was cheesy, didn t fit at all Still all in all this is a good story, with a different bent than many of these years This is the book a mother can read with her young teen to introduce the Holocaust, much to discuss and not horribly graphic.ARC from Netgalley


  2. Cindy Burnett Cindy Burnett says:

    4.5 starsThe 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 4.5 starsThe 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 When I read a story like this one, I can t help thinking about the extreme divisiveness plaguing the U.S today and wondering if humans will ever learn


  3. Deanne Patterson Deanne Patterson says:

    This book is just amazing and one of the best I ve read it a long time Very hard to put down There are a lot of characters in the book and they are listed in the front of the book and I found that to be very hopeful The book starts in 1914 and father Johann Blumenthal creates a silver music box for his young son to remember him by when he goes to fight in the German WWI The silver music box is at the heart of the tale and the book follows 3 generations of the family through heartwarming tim This book is just amazing and one of the best I ve read it a long time Very hard to put down There are a lot of characters in the book and they are listed in the front of the book and I found that to be very hopeful The book starts in 1914 and father Johann Blumenthal creates a silver music box for his young son to remember him by when he goes to fight in the German WWI The silver music box is at the heart of the tale and the book follows 3 generations of the family through heartwarming times and severe heartache The music box helps to reunite what is left of a family after WWII.This amazing story will stay with me for a long time.Pub Date 01 Dec 2017Thank you to NetGalley and Crossing for a review copy in exchange for an honest review


  4. Thebooktrail Thebooktrail says:

    Visit the locations in the novel Lubeck and HamburgA story that sings and soars like the bird of the bird box It s made by a Jewish jeweller for his little son before the father volunteers for WWI to show he is a good German This war story, is unlike any other in that it looks at the Jewish people and how they helped and worked hard for their country, helped others less fortunate and wanted to play their part in the war It s a poignant story and one where you gasp in hope one moment, cry in Visit the locations in the novel Lubeck and HamburgA story that sings and soars like the bird of the bird box It s made by a Jewish jeweller for his little son before the father volunteers for WWI to show he is a good German This war story, is unlike any other in that it looks at the Jewish people and how they helped and worked hard for their country, helped others less fortunate and wanted to play their part in the war It s a poignant story and one where you gasp in hope one moment, cry in the other and shed tears knowing that this is not going to end well The premise of using a music box which joins the stories across time to tell the whole picture was nicely done and this is a book which is going to stay with me


  5. Mel (Epic Reading) Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    When I read the blurb on the back of The Silver Music Box I expected a story that jumped between the past and the present Initially I was disappointed that this is not how the story is written OrganizationUsually organization of material is only relevant in non fiction however, Mina Baites has made it relevant in this book The blurb will lead you to believe that you will be reading the story of a woman discovering her heritage for half the book While technically you do read Lillian s heri When I read the blurb on the back of The Silver Music Box I expected a story that jumped between the past and the present Initially I was disappointed that this is not how the story is written OrganizationUsually organization of material is only relevant in non fiction however, Mina Baites has made it relevant in this book The blurb will lead you to believe that you will be reading the story of a woman discovering her heritage for half the book While technically you do read Lillian s heritage story however, it s very misleading as that portion of the story is only the last 70 or so pages I would have much preferred to read up to a point when many of our characters are separated in WWII, or Lillian is dropped at the orphanage not a spoiler it s in the blurb Then a second book could have been Lillian s story that discusses her origination and eventually ties her to our previous characters Main StoryI adored the main story and the way it was set up to focus on chunks of time that are relevant There are points where it may skip many years but it never felt like I missed out on anything important Additionally the main story is where the true value and morale behind the story of The Silver Music Box is pointed to That morale is that while events that may seem innocuous in the past they can become the reason something happens in the future Baites shows us that karma is indeed true and that if you give something positive to someone you will receive positive back albeit might take 30 years, lol The End StoryI m calling the end story the portion where we move forward rapidly in time and find out the fate of our characters from the eyes of Lillian the orphan Instead of telling us the full story in the main story line we are instead told the ultimate outcome of our main characters as it it is told to Lillian, who is searching for answers about the music box I found this to be very unsatisfying I had no vested interest in Lillian and just wanted to go back to the POV s that I loved That of Paul, Lotte, etc And while some of our characters do tell their own story to our future gal it s not near as satisfying as if I had read it in order and from their viewpoint like the rest of the book is written OverallI loved the first approx 350 pages The transition over to the orphan in the future seemed unnecessary and annoying Almost like Baites was told to quickly wrap things up and so to do that she rushes the last of the story in to a flashback I will certainly pick up Baites again I really did love 75% orof the book I also adored the way a series of events created causality in the future Karma can be a powerful thing and so Baites clearly illustrates that if you give to others they will eventually give back unto you or yours.For this andof my reviews please visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review.


  6. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    This book was one of my Kindle First selections and so heart wrenching The tale of a Jewish family trying to flee the growing animosity towards they re kind from the Germans.It s heart breakingly accurate when you read about what all they had to go through The characters were relatable and your heart went out to them as they dealt with the persecution, especially from those they thought of as friends.I love historical novels, getting to learn things from a different time and I definitely lear This book was one of my Kindle First selections and so heart wrenching The tale of a Jewish family trying to flee the growing animosity towards they re kind from the Germans.It s heart breakingly accurate when you read about what all they had to go through The characters were relatable and your heart went out to them as they dealt with the persecution, especially from those they thought of as friends.I love historical novels, getting to learn things from a different time and I definitely learned a lot by reading The Silver Music Box.I highly recommended this one


  7. Linda Linda says:

    Epic family story spanning from 1916 thru 1963, in Germany, London and Cape Town, South Africa.The Blumenthal Brothers of Altona, Germany, Max and Johann, are jewelers and silversmiths, and have been doing business for years Johann decides to volunteer during the First World War, leaving his wife and young son Before he goes, he makes an intricate silver music box for his son, Paul The music box never leaves his son s hand.Next comes the turmoil in Germany as Hitler comes to power Paul is no Epic family story spanning from 1916 thru 1963, in Germany, London and Cape Town, South Africa.The Blumenthal Brothers of Altona, Germany, Max and Johann, are jewelers and silversmiths, and have been doing business for years Johann decides to volunteer during the First World War, leaving his wife and young son Before he goes, he makes an intricate silver music box for his son, Paul The music box never leaves his son s hand.Next comes the turmoil in Germany as Hitler comes to power Paul is now grown and working in the family business He and his family believe that although they are Jews, they will be protected because of his father s military service years before, but they are mistaken Now married, Paul, his wife and young daughter, his mother, aunt and uncles need to decide what to do as the anti Jewish propaganda takes hold in the entire country.Fast forward after the war to the early sixties in England, and a newly orphaned young woman finds her whole world turned on end because her parents kept an important secret from her Now her goal is to find the truth and how it connects to an old silver music box.An amazing, emotional story that is difficult to put down


  8. Eliz Eliz says:

    I thought this book was pretty good, up until the last section It s in three parts, WWI, the years leading to WWII and the 1960s The story of the Bluementhal family in the first two parts shows real people and issues When we get to the third generation it s like the author rushed through and Lillian comes across as a shallow woman, and while she changes her mind, it s not done well enough to make you see any growth.


  9. Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ says:

    3.5 From the blurb, I thought this was going to be about Lillian finding out about her roots and trying to research where her family came from and what happened to them during WWII, but that part of the plot doesn t come in until a little over 2 3s of the way through the book Instead, it starts out with Johann Blumenthal fighting in WWI for Germany, then follows through to his son Paul at the dawn of the Nazis taking over power and Paul s eventual attempts to get his family out of the country 3.5 From the blurb, I thought this was going to be about Lillian finding out about her roots and trying to research where her family came from and what happened to them during WWII, but that part of the plot doesn t come in until a little over 2 3s of the way through the book Instead, it starts out with Johann Blumenthal fighting in WWI for Germany, then follows through to his son Paul at the dawn of the Nazis taking over power and Paul s eventual attempts to get his family out of the country When things are looking grim for them, it then drops that storyline and jumps forward to the 1960s to Lillian, where I thought the story was going to start.It was a bit jarring to start off, since I wasn t expecting the story to be so linear, but in the end, I found iteffective getting to know the Blumenthal s and seeing their attempts to stay in Germany as long as they could before realizing perhaps too late that they needed to flee to save themselves It was disheartening to see them doing everything they could to be good Germans, in a Germany that cared about them less and less, and to see the small steps that began to segregate the Jews from the main populaceanduntil the Nazis were in power and didn t care about being quite so subtle any view spoiler This is compounded when they end up in Capetown in South Africa they re safe there, but all around them is apartheid which was implemented based on Aryan propaganda and laws hide spoiler I did feel at times that the characters were thereto serve as plot points, and Charolette suffers the most from this since she mostly just reacts while Paul is making all the preparations Knowing how many women worked in the underground and resistance forces during WWII, I would have liked to see Charolette take aactive role I also would have likedtime to get to know Lillian so her story arc could haveweight, but seeing her so driven to find out everything she could about where she came from and what happened to her family was touching nonetheless The narrator, Jane Oppenheimer, who I first heard narrating The Moonlit Garden, was an odd choice I think for this story She has a very mellow and soothing voice, which dulled the tension from a story that really should have been tense


  10. Irene Irene says:

    If there was ever a gentle book about war two wars, actually, The Great War and World War II , this is it An uplifting book about war This is it I read it with my 11 year old granddaughter Tragedies Horrible tragedies But the book exudes such hope throughout I will not spoil the ending because everything does not turn out for the best but it does turn out better than hoped or expected And the centerpiece is a small, bird shaped music box made by a Jewish jeweler for his little son bef If there was ever a gentle book about war two wars, actually, The Great War and World War II , this is it An uplifting book about war This is it I read it with my 11 year old granddaughter Tragedies Horrible tragedies But the book exudes such hope throughout I will not spoil the ending because everything does not turn out for the best but it does turn out better than hoped or expected And the centerpiece is a small, bird shaped music box made by a Jewish jeweler for his little son before the jeweler volunteers for WWI to show he is a good German The exquisite bird is passed down through the family and helps reunite those who remain after the horrors of World War II


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