The Silver Music Box

The Silver Music Box Review

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.

Title:The Silver Music Box

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  • 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 bo...

  • 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...

  • 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 WW...

  • I guess I could consider this a page turner if I meant I found myself turning the pages rapidly without reading predictable paragraphs. I found it more like a journal than an novel. I realized last ni...

  • 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. Trag...

  • 3.5 Stars. Review to follow. ...

  • 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...

  • So eine ergreifende, tränenreiche und wundervolle Familiengeschichte!Gleich zu Beginn lernt man die Familie Blumenthal kennen, alle liebevoll beschrieben, so das man sofort denkt mitten unter dieser ...

  • I was disappointed in this book. In fairness to the author, I'm always a bit hesitant to criticize a work in a translation. Some examples: the translation of The Solitude of Prime Numbers was superb (...

  • Story too choppy, but very good in placesI would have preferred Baites to have developed the story and characters in more linear fashion and in greater depth for greater interest and cohesiveness. For...