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“Linda Rosen spins an intriguing tale of long-held family secrets, an emotional search for identity, and a painting that may just be the key to untangling the complicated past.” —Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife
“Both tender and inspiring, The Disharmony of Silence unfolds with emotional and wise insights.” –Bunny Shulman, author of After Aida
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This book was addicting. You wanted to continue reading even long after it was over. The characters felt so real and relatable, and the story was so original.
This was a very interesting, moving story. It dragged a little, in places, but overall it was a solid read. The characters were wonderful and while they could be a little difficult, at times, you really felt for them. The secrets of the generations was interesting as I've uncovered a few of those over the years. Some scandalous, some just entertaining. Overall, I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys women fiction or historical fiction. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily chose to review it.
The Disharmony of Silence Linda Rosen Black Rose Writing, Mar 5, 2020 296 pages Cultural Family Story, Jewish, Genealogy Provided by publisher via NetGalley ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌙 The cover doesn’t really look like much initially. The bow doesn’t look like much of a bow and you really can’t see too much of the cameo. And the title doesn’t really stand out on the white lace background. So, I wasn’t too impressed with the cover. The story inside wasn’t disappointing, though. I really had no idea what to expect. I didn’t read the blurb before starting to read it and I had forgotten what it was supposed to be about. So, I went into it with no expectations of any kind. I read it in one day, mostly while waiting for my car to be done at the dealership. Carolyn’s mother is getting older and has dementia. Then she dies. There is no other family, so Carolyn is alone except for one cousin who doesn’t live near her. She is Jewish and this is important as so much of her growing up had focused around the Jewish traditions, the foods and holy days, the family gatherings and such. Carolyn has to clean out her mother’s house to sell it and there is a painting of a woman wearing a cameo which is the same as her mother’s cameo. This painting has always been special to Carolyn, but she really doesn’t have room for it in her own home and it doesn’t fit in with her style. So she goes looking for the artist thinking she might return it to her and ask why the cameo is the same as her mother’s cameo. Perhaps there is a connection. Carolyn connects with Kate, the painter and they actually become friends after some phone calls and then Carolyn visits Kate to return the painting. Carolyn brings up the idea of genealogy, but Kate wants nothing to do with her ancestors. It makes her a bit grumpy, in fact. So they don’t go into the idea of a connection between the painting and the cameo. Except Carolyn is really lonely and curious. She looks into her family and Kate’s family and finds more than she expects. But she can’t find a way to bring it up to Kate, whose health is shaky. Family and friends get involved and have opinions about this whole issue. All of it negative and some of it angry. Carolyn comes so close so many times to telling Kate about what secrets she’s uncovered in her genealogy. Then Carolyn has the opportunity to save a life that’s someone very important to Kate and who’s become special to Carolyn as well. Finally, Kate explains her own take on family and then everyone understands why Kate doesn’t want to dig into her genealogy. This book is beautifully written and so deeply affecting. I highly recommend it. It is being released Thursday, March 5, 2020.
I loved this book, as it focused on relationships and had two different timelines. The author captured the resentments and regrets of the characters realistically. The underlying theme is that family can hurt you in ways that no one else can. Secrets always come out and the author did a brilliant job of writing about the consequences of this.
Who says an omission isn't as bad as an outright lie. This book tells the extremely long term repercussions of not telling others something important. Family members lived and died not knowing they had other family members who could have been a part of their lives. One cold hearted, unforgiving woman robbed two families of a close relationship between them. Read The Disharmony of Silence and find out how they found each other in the end.
I enjoyed reading this unique story. The characters are very relatable and I liked that it was told in two time lines. This is always a plus for me. The story really shows the devastation that being untruthful causes in families. Is lying by omission harmful? In this book you will see just.how very harmful it can be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or familial fiction.