5.0 out of 5 stars
Porcelain Doll is a must read
December 31, 2018
The Porcelain Doll was the best book I read this year. I have read other books about survivors but this was by far the most intriguing. I could not put the book down. The author describes in elegant detail the experiences all the characters. The two girls who were the main characters share a loving bond as they escape from Europe and settle in America. Ms. Dodaro weaves together the story into such a wonderful fabric that makes the ending so touching. I liked it so much I gave the book as holiday presents to friends and relatives. Ms. Dodaro is an excellent author and I enjoyed her Tin Box Trilogy books.
Roslyn F. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars
Resilience that shines through the cracks of despair.
December 23, 2018
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This is a moving novel that walks us through horrific tragedies of families across generations and the strength of survivors and love.
I am still processing the emotions I felt when reading this story. It was so heart breaking and yet uplifting too .. I just don’t have the words to share my thoughts and how I was so emotionally involved in the story. I couldn’t put it down and was emotionally drained.
5.0 out of 5 stars
December 22, 2018
Wonderfully written! She makes you feel that your in the story whether present day or during the war. Theresa has a real passion for giving her readers what they want and never disappoints. How she connects grandmother and granddaughter is heartwarming and special. Looking forward you her next book. I also recommended reading The Tin Box Trilogy, if you haven’t already done so. 👍
November 21, 2018
Through the detail in the storyline the reader can play the role of detective as they search for connections to the present. Some of these connections are obvious and some are more obscure, making the final outcome even more enjoyable.
I could not put this novel down once I started. The story line will have you eagerly turning pages for its’ ending!
November 28, 2018
They survived and made their way to new lives. They lost so much but had each other.
Easy reading and keeps you wanting to read more.
December 3, 2018
November 19, 2018
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November 26, 2018
October 29, 2018
November 3, 2018
The love of two families, two friends living during WWII and having dreams to travel to America. The hardships, the losses, the love.
Going from past to present. Each turn of a page brought you into their lives.
Thank you Theresa.
Reviews of The Tin Box Secret Audible Version:
(An audible download of The Tin Box Secret is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Go to The Tin Box Secret page on Amazon and listen to the first pages of the book for free!)
5 out of 5 stars
The Tin Box Secret by Theresa Dodaro is an extraordinary story about a young girl navigating her way through life and an intriguing mystery in the turbulent 60’s. The writing is captivating, with a few surprising twists.
The narration by Laura Jennings is also well done.
5 out of 5 stars
The Tin Box Secret: Theresa Dodaro
This is one of the best books I’ve listened to for a long while. The three main characters, young girls are getting ready for high school. The plot flows continually, in an ever changing way. It does not get lost or bogged down along the way. We get mysteries, historical fiction, coming of age, dysfunctional families, romance / obsession, and even a bit of paranormal. I’m excited to see where the rest of this series goes, as it did leave a bit of a cliff-hanger.
The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Laura Jennings brought these characters to life!!!
The Tin Box Secret, was published in October 2015 and is currently available at Amazon.com. The second book, The Hope Chest, was published in July 2016 and is also currently available at Amazon.com. The third book, Reawakening, was published in May 2017.
Theresa started writing her blog, Raising Drama, when her children became teenagers. The blog expanded to include stories she wrote about her ancestors’ lives, the struggles of watching her mother suffer from Memory Loss, and stories about her beloved pets, Daisy and Duke.
Theresa Dodaro grew up in Baldwin on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Stony Brook University before working in Publishing and Marketing.
The trilogy was inspired by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, which was published in 1899. It was thought to be so inappropriate for women to read that it was ordered to be taken off of bookshelves. Kate Chopin’s work of fiction affected Theresa greatly when she read it in college. The idea of the lack of choice that women experienced in centuries past, motivated her to write this trilogy to inspire women, young and old alike, to appreciate the choices that they do have today.
Through her writing, Theresa hopes to pass along the message that no matter what has happened to you in the past, there is one choice that cannot be taken away from you: You can choose to let the past destroy you, or you can choose to survive and thrive in spite of it.
Copies of Theresa Dodaro’s books are available at:
The Catbird Seat @ 18 Main Street, Sayville, https://www.thecatbirdseat.us/ NY
The Chatham Bookstore @ 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY, https://chathambookstore.com/
Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine @ 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/.
Saunderskill Farms @ 5100 Route 209, Accord, NY; http://www.saunderskill.com/