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A single treasured keepsake links one unforgettable family across continents in this enthralling saga by Mina Baites, the author of The Silver Music Box. London, 1963. I dream about my sister almost every night.Lilian Morrison has one memento of her beloved sister, Emma: a battered silver music box. A family heirloom that was passed down through two world wars, the box A single treasured keepsake links one unforgettable family across continents in this enthralling saga by Mina Baites, the author of The Silver Music Box. London, 1963. I dream about my sister almost every night.Lilian Morrison has one memento of her beloved sister, Emma: a battered silver music box. A family heirloom that was passed down through two world wars, the box was the key to Lilian’s recent, joyous reunion with the surviving members of her birth family, whom she lost many years earlier when she and her sister fled Hitler’s Germany on the Kindertransport. Now Lilian is compelled to investigate Emma’s final days after the girls were shipped to separate foster families in Britain and the time before Emma was killed in the London Blitz.In London, as she searches for clues to retrace the past, Lilian finds that the anguish of war still reverberates after two decades. In Cape Town, her grandmother courageously protects innocent victims of violence, and in Dublin, a gifted woodworker creates a music box that is strangely similar to the one that Lilian owns. Separate lives will intertwine on a path of healing and hope as the hazy secrets of the past finally come to light.


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A single treasured keepsake links one unforgettable family across continents in this enthralling saga by Mina Baites, the author of The Silver Music Box. London, 1963. I dream about my sister almost every night.Lilian Morrison has one memento of her beloved sister, Emma: a battered silver music box. A family heirloom that was passed down through two world wars, the box A single treasured keepsake links one unforgettable family across continents in this enthralling saga by Mina Baites, the author of The Silver Music Box. London, 1963. I dream about my sister almost every night.Lilian Morrison has one memento of her beloved sister, Emma: a battered silver music box. A family heirloom that was passed down through two world wars, the box was the key to Lilian’s recent, joyous reunion with the surviving members of her birth family, whom she lost many years earlier when she and her sister fled Hitler’s Germany on the Kindertransport. Now Lilian is compelled to investigate Emma’s final days after the girls were shipped to separate foster families in Britain and the time before Emma was killed in the London Blitz.In London, as she searches for clues to retrace the past, Lilian finds that the anguish of war still reverberates after two decades. In Cape Town, her grandmother courageously protects innocent victims of violence, and in Dublin, a gifted woodworker creates a music box that is strangely similar to the one that Lilian owns. Separate lives will intertwine on a path of healing and hope as the hazy secrets of the past finally come to light.

30 review for Dreams of Silver

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This is the sequel to Silver Music Box written by a German author who had a translator translate it to English. Just how does one go about reviewing a book like this? A book that is so full of emotion it gave me a lump in my throat and clouded my eyes through the tears that fell so I couldn't read it for a bit. A family heirloom, a silver music box crafted in 1914 links surviving members. It has been passed down through two world wars. I do recommend you read the Silver Music Box first to get a This is the sequel to Silver Music Box written by a German author who had a translator translate it to English. Just how does one go about reviewing a book like this? A book that is so full of emotion it gave me a lump in my throat and clouded my eyes through the tears that fell so I couldn't read it for a bit. A family heirloom, a silver music box crafted in 1914 links surviving members. It has been passed down through two world wars. I do recommend you read the Silver Music Box first to get a full understanding of the story. This book kept me captivated from beginning to end and reading into the wee hours of the morning. Pub Date 13 Nov 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from AmazonCrossing through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~

    In the second, and I believe last, book of this series, we continue to follow the Blumenthal family post-WWII as they continue to piece together the puzzle of what happened to their lost family members during and after the war, mainly Lillian's sister Margueritte, who was put on the Kinder Transport the same time as Lillian. This was a much more sedate story, since there wasn't the threat of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, but that doesn't mean the characters weren't still impacted by the lin In the second, and I believe last, book of this series, we continue to follow the Blumenthal family post-WWII as they continue to piece together the puzzle of what happened to their lost family members during and after the war, mainly Lillian's sister Margueritte, who was put on the Kinder Transport the same time as Lillian. This was a much more sedate story, since there wasn't the threat of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, but that doesn't mean the characters weren't still impacted by the lingering effects of that time period. While it was also predictable, I was interested in the things that this story brought to light that you don't hear too much about, like the various ways that fraudsters benefited from the war and used it to their own selfish ends, not caring how they further hurt those who were already vulnerable. There's also a subplot with Lotte in Cape Town, South Africa. Apartheid was in full swing during this time, Mandela was in prison, and the legacy of the Nazi regime continued on in the way South Africa was divided and suppressed by the white dictators in power. Lotte sees what's happening and she decides to act, to help a black woman, Dede who is being targeted by the oppression. There were some harrowing parts to her story: (view spoiler)[She's beaten severely at one point, and then the building where she's sleeping with her baby is set on fire and her baby dies. (hide spoiler)] The story does end on a positive note, jumping forward a few decades to see the impact of the Blumenthal's legacy on the next generations. Jane Oppenheimer again does a great job with the narration. She doesn't always do well with the male voices, but she doesn't try to force it which makes up for it. She gets emotive at times but mostly settles into the storyteller style of narrating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I was happy to see that the author had written a sequel to "The Silver Music Box". I loved the first book for it's writing and story. However, I felt like "Dreams of Silver" a bit disappointing. It did bring the story to a conclusion. But some of the heart of the story was missing. I felt like it was more of a biography than the first book. I realize that these books are based on fact, but the writing was much more analytical than in the first book. I completely loved the story, but thought it c I was happy to see that the author had written a sequel to "The Silver Music Box". I loved the first book for it's writing and story. However, I felt like "Dreams of Silver" a bit disappointing. It did bring the story to a conclusion. But some of the heart of the story was missing. I felt like it was more of a biography than the first book. I realize that these books are based on fact, but the writing was much more analytical than in the first book. I completely loved the story, but thought it could have benefited from more emotion occasionally. Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars It would really aid the reader if they read Ms. Baites' first novel in this series first. It is called The Silver Music Box. This story, the second in a series, begins in 1963. Lilian and her fiancé Sam are leaving London to go to live with her grandmother Lotte and her father Peter in South Africa. They are wrapping up things in London and Lilian wants to learn more about the fate of her sister Emma who was killed in an air raid in the 1940’s. There is much back story, but Ms. Baites fill 4 stars It would really aid the reader if they read Ms. Baites' first novel in this series first. It is called The Silver Music Box. This story, the second in a series, begins in 1963. Lilian and her fiancé Sam are leaving London to go to live with her grandmother Lotte and her father Peter in South Africa. They are wrapping up things in London and Lilian wants to learn more about the fate of her sister Emma who was killed in an air raid in the 1940’s. There is much back story, but Ms. Baites fills it in nicely for the reader. What follows is a journey from South Africa to London and then to Ireland. It is the story of a young woman who searches for clues about her sister and won’t stop until she finds out the truth. Although the book is rather predictable, there are some surprises and many very nice moments. Ms. Baites sets a scene very well and describes situations and emotions quite vividly. She vividly describes how the pain of the Holocaust carries through generations on an almost daily basis. I liked that the author interjected Dede into the story and her friendship with Lotte. In the early 1960’s in South Africa, this was a very dangerous situation – as well described in the book. It did not occur to me before reading this the close parallels between apartheid and the persecution of the Jewish people. Very well done, Ms. Baites! I am most certainly looking forward to reading your next book. Hats off to the translator of this novel. Alison Layland. You also did a great job! I want to thank NetGalley and AmazonCrossing for forwarding to me a copy of this remarkable book for me to read, enjoy and review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book tells the story of a German-Jewish family separated during WWII. Two young girls were part of the Kindertransport to England. Circumstances separated the sisters, and now as adults each is trying to piece together their memories of their childhood and family. I have only read a couple of books that have been translated into English, but I found the translation to be good. I have not read the first book, but was easily able to follow the story-line. I found the story to be heartwarming This book tells the story of a German-Jewish family separated during WWII. Two young girls were part of the Kindertransport to England. Circumstances separated the sisters, and now as adults each is trying to piece together their memories of their childhood and family. I have only read a couple of books that have been translated into English, but I found the translation to be good. I have not read the first book, but was easily able to follow the story-line. I found the story to be heartwarming. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Dreams of Silver: A Novel is by Mina Baites and translated by Alison Layland. This book is a sequel to The Silver Music Box. it is the story of young Jewish girls who are separated at a young age when brought to England on the Kindertransport. The young sisters were separated without much thought to their being sisters. This was something that happened fairly often as people were not able to take in more than one child or didn’t want one as old as nine or as young as a year old. Whatever the rea Dreams of Silver: A Novel is by Mina Baites and translated by Alison Layland. This book is a sequel to The Silver Music Box. it is the story of young Jewish girls who are separated at a young age when brought to England on the Kindertransport. The young sisters were separated without much thought to their being sisters. This was something that happened fairly often as people were not able to take in more than one child or didn’t want one as old as nine or as young as a year old. Whatever the reason, the two sisters were separated with the older one giving her younger sister a silver music box. The music box had been specifically made by their grandfather for their own father when he was just four. Margarethe had loved that box so at four, her Father gave it to her to keep. She had taken it everywhere with her. Now, she was giving it to her little sister to keep. Maybe it would bring them back together. After the war, Paul Blumenthal had gone to England to try to find his little girls. His wife had been killed before he had been taken to the camps. His Mother had gone to Cape Town before the war got started. All he had left was his girls; but he was unable to find them. The authorities gave no preference to parents who had survived the Holocaust. Finally, he had to give up. He also went to Cape Town; but never gave up hope. Eventually, his younger daughter found herself back to the family. It was only then that she learned she had a sister. She was determined not to give up on finding out what happened to her sister. Though the authorities said she had died, Lily was determined to find out as much as possible about her. This meant going from Cape Town to Europe, to London, and finally to Switzerland. She followed every scrap of information. The book is a really good one and really takes you into the life of children who only want to survive and be reunited with their families.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Noyontara

    This book was a bit lukewarm for my tastes. I'd gone in expecting a heady World War 2 historical fiction and got a somewhat watered down version of it. The mystery was pretty evident from the beginning of the book, not leaving much to draw the reader in. I could not connect with any of the characters, although the author did a fine job in discussing the existential dilemma faced by someone forced to abandon their identity and their homeland. The parallels drawn between Holocaust survivors and th This book was a bit lukewarm for my tastes. I'd gone in expecting a heady World War 2 historical fiction and got a somewhat watered down version of it. The mystery was pretty evident from the beginning of the book, not leaving much to draw the reader in. I could not connect with any of the characters, although the author did a fine job in discussing the existential dilemma faced by someone forced to abandon their identity and their homeland. The parallels drawn between Holocaust survivors and those protesting against the apartheid system gave a fresh and interesting perspective. There were some jarring bits- such as a few rough transitions between scenes and word usage that did not seem to fit in with the time period. There was a lot of telling rather than showing in the narration. Overall, it was a satisfactory read, but one lacking depth.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kymm

    Dreams of Silver is the sequel to The Silver Music Box and I really enjoyed following the life of this music box through two fantastic books. The story takes place during WWI and the beginnings of WWII, but it's not your normal war or concentration camp story. It's about a family's progression and life during such tumultuous times, as shown through the life of this music box that was handmade by the father who's leaving for WWI and leaves it to his son as a remembrance. I found the author did an Dreams of Silver is the sequel to The Silver Music Box and I really enjoyed following the life of this music box through two fantastic books. The story takes place during WWI and the beginnings of WWII, but it's not your normal war or concentration camp story. It's about a family's progression and life during such tumultuous times, as shown through the life of this music box that was handmade by the father who's leaving for WWI and leaves it to his son as a remembrance. I found the author did an amazing job moving the story along in step with the character who had the music box at the time. Some knew about it, others had no idea what the meaning of it was and had to figure out what it meant to them. The characters are real and inviting, you want to know them. I truly enjoyed this story and like I said it's not your typical war story, but it's a great read and for not having heard anything about it prior to reading the 2 books, I'm very glad I chose them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Middlebrooke

    Good story I received this book as a prize from Goodreads giveaways. This was a nice, quick read. I didn't realize that this was a sequel until about 3/4 of the book was read. I originally thought it was a stand alone book. I would have given this book 4 stars if it wasn't so predictable. I enjoyed the storyline but there was a point later in the book when I just wanted the story to be over with because I had a feeling on how it was going to end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Memories in a Box In “The Silver Music Box” Mina Baites carefully and lovingly chronicled the lives of the German Jewish family of Paul Blumenthal as they fled Germany during WWII and emigrated to South Africa. In “Dreams of Silver” Baites continues the saga as Paul’s daughter Lilian is determined to find out about her older sister Emma and the circumstances surrounding her death. The quest covers continents and uncovers some startling but hopeful information as she doggedly deepens her search fo Memories in a Box In “The Silver Music Box” Mina Baites carefully and lovingly chronicled the lives of the German Jewish family of Paul Blumenthal as they fled Germany during WWII and emigrated to South Africa. In “Dreams of Silver” Baites continues the saga as Paul’s daughter Lilian is determined to find out about her older sister Emma and the circumstances surrounding her death. The quest covers continents and uncovers some startling but hopeful information as she doggedly deepens her search for information. The thread tying the many lives and stories together is the silver music box, a much loved family heirloom that Emma gave to Lilian when they were separated as they were loaded onto the Kindertransport in Nazi Germany. The tension builds as the sequel unfolds and is heightened by the striking parallels with the horrors of apartheid in South Africa. The narrative is delivered in two voices, those of Lilian in London and Ceara in Ireland and the reader is enveloped by Paul’s extended family. The suspense held my attention until the denouement but what followed felt like extraneous details. Although in all fairness, even though the details were pertinent, I’m not sure they were really necessary. While not as compelling as the first book, this is still a very good read. Four stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rose-Billie Canter

    The value of a keepsake It pained me to give this book only 3 stars, and I did so only because this book and its predecessor (The Silver Music Box) really need to be read together. I had read the first volume months ago and loved it. It was obvious even then that there was more to this story. When I started reading this book, I realized that I needed to refresh my memory. So, that’s exactly what I did. Then, I immediately read “Dreams of Silver” and was completely taken in by the story. Anyone who The value of a keepsake It pained me to give this book only 3 stars, and I did so only because this book and its predecessor (The Silver Music Box) really need to be read together. I had read the first volume months ago and loved it. It was obvious even then that there was more to this story. When I started reading this book, I realized that I needed to refresh my memory. So, that’s exactly what I did. Then, I immediately read “Dreams of Silver” and was completely taken in by the story. Anyone who reads “Dreams of Silver” without “The Silver Music Box” is doing themselves and the author (Mina Baites) a disservice. Together, these two books are an exceptional read. Any reader who is interested in family connections (their own or others) should read these two volumes together. Thank you, Mina Baites!I’ve thought about going back to change my rating, but without Book 1, other readers would definitely question my judgement! Maybe I should give the two books 10*s. **********

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I was so excited to find out that Mina Baites wrote a sequel to The Silver Music Box. I really enjoyed the first novel, which followed a Jewish, German family from the beginning of WWI through the early 1960's. I was captivated by their story and the writing and was saddened that there wasn't more resolution for the family at the end of the first novel. The second novel, Dreams of Silver, picked up right where the first book left off. The author does a nice job of filling in details from the fir I was so excited to find out that Mina Baites wrote a sequel to The Silver Music Box. I really enjoyed the first novel, which followed a Jewish, German family from the beginning of WWI through the early 1960's. I was captivated by their story and the writing and was saddened that there wasn't more resolution for the family at the end of the first novel. The second novel, Dreams of Silver, picked up right where the first book left off. The author does a nice job of filling in details from the first book, so it could be read as a standalone, but it is a far more powerful story if you read both of the books. It was a stunning glimpse into the far-reaching effects of war, long after the dust settles. What happens to the people affected after the world goes on. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to any other books that Mina Baites writes. I received a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clazzzer C

    This was a very interesting read. It followed the Blumenthal family as they tried to fit together the pieces of their lives and discover what happened during and after World War 2. The children left Nazi Germany on Kindertransports so as you can imagine some of this story was a little upsetting. The children ended up living with host families and not a lot is know about their lives once Lillian and Margueritte were settled. I was very interested in learning about society at the time this novel w This was a very interesting read. It followed the Blumenthal family as they tried to fit together the pieces of their lives and discover what happened during and after World War 2. The children left Nazi Germany on Kindertransports so as you can imagine some of this story was a little upsetting. The children ended up living with host families and not a lot is know about their lives once Lillian and Margueritte were settled. I was very interested in learning about society at the time this novel was set bu the part of the novel set in Cape town was incredibly interesting also as we learn about Lillian's grandmother's live. It is set during Nelson Mandela's imprisonment and although it was set many year's after the Nazi dictatorship the apartheid regime mirrored many of the Nazi's policies and behaviour. This was a really enjoyable read and a very clever piece of fiction. I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This continuation of the family saga begun in The Silver Music Box is a pleasure to read and a delight for the genealogist in all of us. Yes, folks, this is a novel based on true events. This could be your family - discovering long lost relatives, enjoying the family stories, showing off that one heirloom that binds you all together. The search for family becomes a mystery of huge proportions. Facing racial and ethical inequalities, police ineffectiveness, document forging and identity alteratio This continuation of the family saga begun in The Silver Music Box is a pleasure to read and a delight for the genealogist in all of us. Yes, folks, this is a novel based on true events. This could be your family - discovering long lost relatives, enjoying the family stories, showing off that one heirloom that binds you all together. The search for family becomes a mystery of huge proportions. Facing racial and ethical inequalities, police ineffectiveness, document forging and identity alteration, Lillian refuses to give up. The net of invisible threads reaching across cities, countries, continents to connect memories and families, and finally to close an open police case from the 1940's. Published by Amazon Crossing, Seattle, 2018

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ahaaha4

    I was so happy there was a sequel to The Silver Music Box. I think you must read it before reading this book. I learned about Gunter Demnig and his STOLPERSTEINE project that has a waiting list today until October of 2019. Demnig lays stones for victims of the holocaust at their last residences in Europe inscribed with their name, date of birth and where they were murdered. He believes “A person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten.” His mission is to make sure no victim of the ho I was so happy there was a sequel to The Silver Music Box. I think you must read it before reading this book. I learned about Gunter Demnig and his STOLPERSTEINE project that has a waiting list today until October of 2019. Demnig lays stones for victims of the holocaust at their last residences in Europe inscribed with their name, date of birth and where they were murdered. He believes “A person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten.” His mission is to make sure no victim of the holocaust is ever forgotten by laying these stones where everyone walking by can see them. Please make sure to look this project up, it is fascinating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz Thackray

    [read in German] Fascinating sequel to earlier volume. A mixture of detective story and biography, albeit of fictitious characters. Difficult and painful topics are addressed around the adoption of war orphans, apartheid in South Africa and family relationships. Sometimes some of the story seems almost too simple and straightforward - but perhaps this is necessary in order to keep control of the length and complexity of the novel. As with the earlier volume, this is an important book dealing with [read in German] Fascinating sequel to earlier volume. A mixture of detective story and biography, albeit of fictitious characters. Difficult and painful topics are addressed around the adoption of war orphans, apartheid in South Africa and family relationships. Sometimes some of the story seems almost too simple and straightforward - but perhaps this is necessary in order to keep control of the length and complexity of the novel. As with the earlier volume, this is an important book dealing with topics equally relevant in Western Europe today. I particularly appreciated the ending, which led to a few tears.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peggy A. Miller

    I loved the first book in the series. This book actually tied up loose ends from the first book. I liked how the author was able to go back and forth in time. I recommend this book to all my friends who love books based on history although this is a sad history of what happened during World War II the family persevered. A must read, but only after you take the time to read The Silver Music Box first....Historical fiction at it’s best with endearing characters...Couldn’t put it down and finished i I loved the first book in the series. This book actually tied up loose ends from the first book. I liked how the author was able to go back and forth in time. I recommend this book to all my friends who love books based on history although this is a sad history of what happened during World War II the family persevered. A must read, but only after you take the time to read The Silver Music Box first....Historical fiction at it’s best with endearing characters...Couldn’t put it down and finished in less than 48 hrs.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Dreams of Silver is a novel based on the nightmare of WWII. Two sisters, torn a part, with only a music box and hidden memories to link them. Against all odds, and with the assistance from others, are they reunited, along with their father and grandmother. The story spans from the 1940s-1960s and covers South Africa, Ireland, and England. I didn't realize until I read the afterward, this is a sequel to another book. It's a good story. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reader43

    I won the book on Goodreads and am writing an honest review. I loved the story and will go back and read The Silver Music Box. The book is a standalone as it was read but the background story would add information about the various people met in the second book. I cried as the story unfolded and throughout the book. A deeply moving story about a Jewish family through WWII into the 1990s. A story to follow and an author on my must read list.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Adler

    It’s okay I loved the first book The Silver Music Box. I couldn’t wait for Dreams of Silver to come out. I was a little disappointed in book 2. It dragged at the beginning probably because there was so much repetition telling about the first book. I was still happy to find a lot more about the characters even though by the time it got there I was bored. When she finally got to the meat of the second book it flew. I would recommend it because it connected by the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Though I had not read the first novel, this tale of a German-Jewish family separated during WWII can easily be read as a stand alone. In Dreams of Silver, Mina Bates tells of the turmoil and the journey from London to South Africa to Ireland and fills in the back story quite well. The descriptions were well developed, and the story, though heartbreaking, has some high points that also leave you cheering.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Fascinating historical fiction! I loved the positive and uplifting characters in this book. This is a book that will emotionally touch the reader, yet at the same time inspire the reader to courageously meet life’s challenges with hope and energy. Learning about the brass markers to memorialize Jews lost during WWII had a special meaning for me, as I’ve seen so many in my travels in Germany.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Brady

    A Jewel of a Read If You Like Historical Fiction This was a fascinating story that chronicled the lives of a proud Jewish family as they experienced the horrors of World War II and what followed in each of their lives as they ended up in different parts of the world, separated by war in so many different circumstances. The ending is heartwarming and a testament to the love bond in a family through many trials and tribulations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    SUCH A GOOD STORY I really enjoyed Mina's first story of this series. This one was a bit different from the other WWII books that I had read, and so when I saw there was the second book, I wanted to keep following the story of the characters that I grew to love. I highly recommend this book. It was very interesting, and it taught me some new things about the Jews from this era. I think you could also read this as a stand alone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janette Mcmahon

    A wonderful sequel continuing the story the older sister. The sadness of the Kinder-transport at the reminder that the children sent abroad still didn't have a happy ending. By the end Baites couldn't resist giving hope and happy in the face of oppression and the grief of WW II. Recommend to readers of WW II fiction.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toria Bacon

    I absolutely loved the first book which was beautifully written and I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately I found this second book lacking any deep emotion and seemed to be written very quickly as an afterthought. The characters were very shallow and the story virtually non existent. Such a disappointment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway! Having read “The Silver Music Box” previously, I was already familiar with the characters and their lives during the Second World War. However, I found this book to be much better than the first, which I thought was lackluster at best. I really enjoyed this story and the happy ending.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Wonderful Although these books are novels, The Silver Music Box and this one, in parts they read like non fiction especially if you know WW2 history. My suggestion is to read them in order. The saga of the Blumenthaw family has everything of history running through it. Enjoy and Shalom.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dianne McMahan

    One of the better novels about war that I have read. Two sisters are separated at an early age and adopted. Their parents on the run from the Russians. It was many yrs.and thru much sorrow,but the sisters were reunited. This is the sequel to "The Silver Music Box." Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for the opportunity to read and review "Dreams of Silver."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Coltharp

    Great sequel Quite often a second book in a series doesn’t match the quality of the first. That’s not the case with Dreams of Silver. It flows smoothly from the first book to its very last page. The story of the family is enlarged and details are expanded upon further. I really enjoyed this 2 book series and highly recommend it!

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