{Book Review} Cilka’s Journey

The end of WWII and the liberation of the concentration camps didn’t bring an end to the atrocities. Based on a true story, Cilka’s Journey details the continued suffering and series of impossible choices of Cilka Klein, rescued from a Nazi concentration camp, at a Soviet labor camp. 

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

WWII ends and Cilka Klein is still alive. She survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was prisoner. Freedom is in sight.

The Soviet army liberates the camp, but before Cilka can leave, she must go before the Soviets for judgement. Freedom will have to wait – the Soviets sentence Cilka to 15 years at a labor camp in Siberia for “aiding” the Nazis. Once again, Cilka is stuffed into a cattle car with dozens of other people and forced to live in unbearable conditions. Moreover, Cilka again finds herself making difficult choices in order to survive. 

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{Book Review} The Violin Conspiracy

The Violin Conspiracy has a little something for everyone – mystery, family drama, passion, music. Who stole a priceless violin? And can the violinist still perform at the same level without it? 

Book Review: The Violin Conspiracy

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Not long before competing in the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, Ray McMillian’s rare and expensive Stradivarius violin is stolen. The thief left a random note but there’s no way Ray can find the money and get his violin back before the competition. The only answer is to find the violin himself. 

But who might have it? His family who is attempting to sue him for the instrument, given to him by his grandmother? The descendants of the man who enslaved Ray’s great great grandfather, who are also suing Ray for the return of the violin? A competitor? 

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{Book Review} The Wife Between Us

Full of twists and turns, The Wife Between Us is a psychological suspense novel that will get you hooked. Just be warned – assume nothing! 

Book Review: The Wife Between Us

Nelli. Vanessa. Emma. 

A jealous ex-wife. A stalker. The perfect husband. 

But there is more than what meets the eye. 

There are so many twists and turns in this novel that it’s impossible to give a good summary without spoilers. The book jacket, which is also published as the Goodreads summary, doesn’t give you any more than I have above. The greatest take away is this: don’t make assumptions. You might think you know what story is unfolding, but it’s unlikely you’ll be correct. 

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{Book Review} Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

 Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a story of love, family, racism, and patriotism here in the United States during World War II.

Book Cover: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris

When Maddie Kern, an aspiring violinist, falls in love with her brother’s best friend, Lane Morimoto, she assumes that her biggest challenge would be her overprotective brother and Lane’s very traditional Japanese family. But Maddie is so wrong . 

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