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An old man brings a beautiful violin to Lilly Kaiser at her antiques shop in Germany. He says it belongs to her and dashes out the door. Lilly calls on her best friend Ellen Morris, an instrument restorer in England, to help her discover the mystery behind this instrument. Along the way she meets Gabriel Thornton, a musicologist in England, who also helps in the search for the history of the violin. In a quest that takes Lilly to England, Cremona, and Sumatra, she discovers stories of 2 famous female violinists, Rose Gallway and Helen Carter, who played this special violin over 100 years ago and with the help of Ellen, Gabriel, and a few others, Lilly tries to find out the stories of Rose & Helen, if/how they were connected to each other, and how they could possibly be connected to her.
This was a good book. Some parts were pretty predictable and I think the ending was a little too perfect of a happy ending (the chances would be slim to nothing in real life, at least for some of it), but overall it was a good read.
The story goes back and forth between past and present, so we not only get Lilly’s point of view, but also that of Rose and Helen. So we as the readers get a fuller story and in the beginning know more than Lilly, but as she delves deeper into the mystery, she catches up to what the readers know and then we’re following the rest of her search and learning the rest of the story through her eyes. War and tragedy made some things impossible for Rose and Helen, including the happiness of Rose Gallway. There were definitely some tragic parts to the story and when I found out about one of the loose ends of Rose’s story, I was surprised at what had happened (I had been wondering if we were going to find out anything more about that particular character. Sorry for being vague but I don’t want to give anything away in case you choose to read it.
I got this book through the Kindle First program, available to Amazon Prime members. Each month, you can pick one free book from a short list (usually 4-6 titles) scheduled to be published the following month. If you’ve not heard of it, check it out!