Summary

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she's completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?
Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin's legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra's lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly's violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra's colonial elite - until, one day, she simply disappeared.
As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose's story - and uncovers other unexpected secrets - she'll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.
©2015 Alison Layland; 2013 Corina Bomann and Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By SusanMcC on 26-09-16

a nice wee story

this is a nice wee story but not much more. it's more like a pleasant coach trip than a fair ground ride. more could have been made of Sumatra, more could have been made of the romance and the mystery could be seen unravelling from early on. it did have an interesting thread following the journey of the violin.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Sailaway on 26-02-18

very superficial

not an engaging intro. loss me in the first 5 minutes. nothing new. sorry I bought this

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joyce on 26-02-16

Moonlit but not a listening pleasure.:/

I liked the story but t narrative was so affected and annoying that I could only listen for short periods of time. Her gravelly tone and snooty accent spoiled the book for me. I will not read anything she narrates.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By deiskat on 08-05-16

The narrator ruined the book.

I started off reading this book on my kindle while on vacation. I didn't finish it on vacation, but really wanted to know what happened next. I then started listening to it on audible while driving to work. Huge mistake. Worst narration I've ever heard. The narration is all up talking/valley girl. So horrible. I'm going to take a long break and hopefully forget her voice so I can finish the book.

Horrible. Horrible. Horrible choice of narrator. It actually ruined the whole novel for me.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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