The Moonlit Garden
Corina Bomann, Alison Layland
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Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?
Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.
As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.
they had some more clippings about Rose’s performances, a report on her wardrobe for the final concert, and another one about her father’s fatal accident. The name of Gallway, unfortunately, did not appear in any of the church registers. What did you expect? she asked herself. Did you think you would solve the whole mystery on the first day? Be satisfied that you have a picture of her with her lover. Gabriel’s sure to be delighted! It was highly likely that when the Dutch left the island they
explain to whoever opened the door that Verheugen was expecting her? Fortunately he was the one who answered. “So, did you sleep well?” he asked with a broad smile as he invited her in. “When I asked for you at the hotel, they said the ‘Please Do Not Disturb’ sign was still hanging on your door. As I’m a man who goes in for positive thinking, I didn’t immediately assume that anything had happened to you but imagined that you were simply tired.” “That’s exactly how it was.” Lilly smiled and
is my first visit to a country outside Europe.” “And how do you like it?” “It’s marvelous! What else would I be likely to say to a daughter of this country?” He looked deep into her eyes, almost too deep for Rose’s liking. Perplexed, she took a step back. “The truth,” she replied, more brusquely than she had intended. “The truth is that I really do think this country is wonderful. My father had a number of friends here and used to go into raptures about the green jungles and the exotic
husband died. She really only had Ellen now. But that didn’t make Lilly sad; on the contrary, it was good to know that there was one person who would always be there for her. Lilly took the violin case straight over to her desk, where she set it down carefully. She clicked on the desk lamp, and its glow lent the old leather and the tarnished handles a mysterious gleam. “What do you think?” she asked the photo of a man smiling out at her from a simple frame. “Should I let myself get drawn into
expected him to be so open. Part of her was delighted, but mostly she was shocked. Had her secret wish for everything to turn out in her favor really been so strong? But what if it threatened to come true? Would she be prepared to marry Paul? Or at least become his lover? Would she be prepared to give up her music for him? Certainly not the latter, but Paul would be sure to understand that. They rode on in silence until the sun sank gradually to the horizon and the air became thick with mist.