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From the bestselling author of The Murmur of Bees comes a transportive novel of two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage.

With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. As battle lines are drawn and East Prussia’s borders vanish beneath them, they leave their farm and all they know behind for an uncertain future. 

But Ilse also has Janusz, her family’s young Polish laborer, by her side. As they flee from the Soviet army, his enchanting folktales keep her mind off the cold, the hunger, and the horrors unfolding around them. He tells her of a besieged kingdom in the Baltic Sea from which spill the amber tears of a heartbroken queen. 

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic. 

Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family. But their stay in the walled city proves untenable when they find themselves dodging bombs and scavenging in the rubble. Soon they’ll become pawns caught between two powerful enemies, on a journey with an unknown destination.

Hope carries these children caught in the crosshairs of war on an extraordinary pilgrimage in which the gift of an amber teardrop is at once a valuable form of currency and a symbol of resilience, one that draws them together against insurmountable odds.

©2018 Sofía Segovia. Translation © 2021 by Simon Bruni. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • caprica6
  • 13-05-2021

Different take on wwii!

This is the second time that the Segovia/Bruni pair give me chills! Beautiful story, characters, and amazingly written as well. Loved, loved listening to Will Damron.

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  • just asking for some common sense
  • 11-05-2021

A remarkable book - compelling story

This book tells the story of WWII from a different perspective than many of us are used to - from the experiences of Prussian farmers and also a young Polish man conscripted to work on a German farm. It is not an easy book due to the horrors of war with losses and suffering in abundance.

Through all of that suffering there is still some joy. It is all beautifully written. It's hard to believe that this is only Sofia Segovia's second book. She is an amazing author who gives us connections to the characters she portrays. I felt for them at each turn of events. This is loosely based on real events which makes it even more compelling. I highly recommend this book, and the masterful narration.

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  • Frances
  • 06-05-2021

Masterful.

So sad a time in history but peopled with some strong, courageous men, women and children. Made my heart ache. Both writer and translator deserve much praise. Tears of amber indeed.

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  • Christopher Wiley
  • 18-06-2021

Sofia Segovia is perfection!

I loooooved Murmur of Bees, but I love TEARS OF AMBER even more than I imagined I could or would. What a beautiful, powerful work that humanizes the brutality of WWII on two families who do all that they can to keep moving forward—no matter their tragic losses.

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  • jolene huntington sanborn
  • 17-06-2021

review of Tears of Amber

great book. highly recommend reading. I love her other book and this is in keeping

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  • Mommy S
  • 14-06-2021

Another incredible historical tale from this brilliant author.

Thoroughly enjoyed this unique perspective of these Prussian families and their displacement during WW2. Sofia Segovia weaves thoughtful details, warmth and humanity in this beautifully crafted novel, one of the best I’ve listened to since The Murmur of Bees. Can’t wait for her next!!

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  • Jane
  • 01-06-2021

Thought Provoking

Excellent writing. A book I will get in print.
Great book for a discussion group.

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  • StJohn
  • 16-05-2021

I devoured this book!

One of my favorite authors. This, along with the Murmur of Bees will be on my favorites list forever. Everything she writes squeezes my heart. I can’t wait for more of her work to be translated to English. ❤️

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  • Cesar
  • 12-06-2021

Skip this one

You will be shown the story of how several characters die. There is no magic like The Murmur of Bees. Sophia Segovia could have gone on a much more interesting direction. This is a story only her family will love.

The length could have been 2/3rds shorter. So sad this book was such a long read.

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  • mcbrayer4
  • 08-06-2021

beautifully done

this book is beautifully written. there are points where your heart just breaks for multiple characters. but the story is still beautifully told. good read.

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  • Christineb
  • 06-05-2021

Stunning

This was an amazing novel Narrated beautifully Totally authentic and original The simplicity of childhood memories reminded me of the great classic by Pearl Buck The writing was superb Quite frankly it's worthy of 10 stars

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