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Emeralds Never Fade

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Before World War II, two German boys enjoy playing piano, and one visits each week to teach the other. When the Nazis seize power, the lessons must end -- one of the boys is Jewish. Leo Bergner, the Jewish pupil, escapes Germany while his piano teacher, Bruno Franzmann, is called to serve the Fatherland. As the war ends, Bruno escapes to Buenos Aires and Leo begins a caree ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Glyd-Evans Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jessica Buike
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Follow the intertwining lives of a Nazi and a Jew as they experience the war. The historical facts sprinkled here and there really added to the story, and there's an incompleteness to some of the loss of life that is very realistic and portrays the shock of the mass casualties during the Holocaust. The characters are thoughtful and not caricatures, and well written. My only complaint is that it felt slow and boring at parts, making it have less of an appeal to keep reading and instead inviting m ...more
Avry15
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, reviewed
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

First and foremost I love the cover, it hints historical theme and adventure.. it’s the first thing that caught my attention to read this book..:)

Emeralds never fade is an amazing trip through historical era’s of time, especially World War II. As a Christian, I am well aware of what happened during Hitler’s time, this book is thoroughly researched and laid, that it’s hard to believe this is fiction!

The characters and scenes depicted the perspective of
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Rebecca
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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So, finally after the festive period I got a chance to sit (or lie in bed) and really give this book some of the attention it deserved; and I devoured it. Seriously, I was lying awake at 3am thinking that I really should be getting some kip, but I just wanted to know how it all finished.

And now I do.

The ending was a bit of a let down for me, but I think I understand why it was done that way. At least my lack-of-sleep addled mind seems to think so. Ultimately it's a book about regrets and how no
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Stacy
Nov 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads.

Leo is jewish, Bruno is german. Before the war they are associates and play piano. During the war they are on opposite sides. The book follows the journey of both boys to adulthood, focusing mostly on Leo. A cherished, stolen family heirloom; an emerald pendant, will bring the two together again after thirty years.

Fiction wrapped in history, this was an interesting read. Contains violence, sex and language befitting mature readers. I found the l
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Kathy
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction! Maitland-Lewis created a book that is well researched and has some very interesting characters.
Shortly before WWII began, Leo is learning piano from Bruno in exchange for tutoring from his father. Once the war begins, lessons stop, and as the war progresses, Leo ends up being sent to live in France with cousins, and eventually to Israel. The other boy serves Ger
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Sarah
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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I received this as a Goodreads First Read. My first impressions were that I wasn't sure about the title, and I didn't really like the cover. It took me a little while to get into, but I started enjoying it more when Bruno's story started to be told - I've found him more enjoyable to read about, because he seems a more complex character than Leo. I had hoped that there would be more about their relationship when they were younger, but as it was I felt quite detached from the characters.

I enjoyed
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Tia Bach
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found at Rebeccas Reads (http://rebeccasreads.com).

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Although the novel is a thrilling page-turner, it is still steeped in emotion. Both men are victims of circumstance. I found Leo’s letters from his mom particularly touching, and Bruno grew up under the thumb of selfishness and judgment. Neither man’s character is clear cut, both are just men held strongly in the often cruel hands of fate. You will enjoy this rich story, and its well-crafted characters, from beg
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Cherie
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads. This was a captivating, well-written book. It follows two German men - a Jew and a Nazi through the holocaust and it's aftermath. Not just a history, but also a family saga and romance. I enjoyed this book very much.
Linda
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a free giveaway from Goodreads and was excited to win a historical fiction novel because that is one of my favorited genres. This book was a thrilling read with poignant, well developed characters whose lives are affected by the Holocaust. Very good read.
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I really enjoyed this Historical fiction book. Met the author at the October Authors signing.
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