Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Song for the Ages

The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas
Upon finishing this book I wasn't sure know how else to describe it except that it's almost beautiful. In a way, it's kind of like a painting, in that even though I've seen (or in this case read) it once, I can't help but look back on it and smile.

The book includes three main story lines. The first is Daniel Horowitz, a fourteen-year-old violin prodigy, who isn't quite ready to devote his life to music. The second part, tells the tale of Daniel's grandfather Simon Horowitz, and the horrors he lived through in Nazi Germany. The third is that of Sergei Valentino, a boy raised by his aunt and grandparents in Stalin's Soviet State. In the last concluding section, all three tales come to one together for the grand finale.

If there's any complaint with this, it's that I wanted more. Part of that is because I read the entire thing in a day or two since I couldn't put it down. Maybe if I savored it a little more, I would have felt more fulfilled by it. Instead looking back I wanted more details. I think because each of the subplots could have stood on their own, the fact that they're only a third of a book means in a way we missed out.

As for the musical subplot, I'm not really a classical music person, but still really appreciated the musical details within. And I loved all the historical chapters, but still really enjoyed those set in modern day. With everything together, I really loved this book and can't wait till I can read it again.


Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sound like a great book. Thanks for your review!

  2. I love it when I get to the end of a book and immediately want to read it over again!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  3. This sounds absolutely lovely. It's always a good sign when you can't put a book down and want MORE at the end! Thanks for the review!

  4. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one so much, as I'll be reading it soon.