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This story starts in Tuscany in 2017, where Catherine and Liam have been hired to solve a land dispute between an elderly woman, Gabi Vincenzo, and a mega-company using a manuscript written by Ada, a young violin prodigy during the 1940’s. The author’s knowledge of the time period impresses, as she weaves a treasure trove of historical details into the fabric of a series destined to be dubbed “classic.”. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, so much so that I went right after this second installment. While the leader of the Austrian SS has an evil reputation as a monster and a sadist, Dr. Kaltenbrunner has always been oddly gentle and attentive with her. One takes place in the present day as Liam and Catherine are trying to solve the mystery and help a friend in Italy.

You will love the beautiful descriptions of the orchestra, the food and wine, and the scenery! The Girl from Berlin includes a legal battle in 2017 regarding the ownership of a villa in Italy and a memoir written by Ada, a Jewish concert violinist. The memoir is Ada's story during the Nazi regime from early 1930's to about 1944 and includes clues to help in the modern legal battle. I can’t wait to begin book three!

and learn about a little-known time in history. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Catherine and Liam gradually uncover the details surrounding the deed and how Senora Vincenzo came to own it. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hi, I’m Jess; just your average 40-something woman on a quest to find her purpose. Seeing as I tend to lean toward reading historical fiction combined with suspense and great storytelling, I will be sure to read more by Balson. Lotte is devoted to her work and continues with her duties even when the office is evacuated of Munich. She looks forward to delving further into her interests of history and family stories to enrich and bring to life the many ideas inspired by the amazing tales she has gathered over the years. As for the climactic ending, suffice it to say the suspense is killing me. I've read all his books featuring Liam Taggart (an American PI) & his wife Catherine Lockhardt (an American lawyer). I don’t always enjoy jumping between two time periods while reading, but this worked for me. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. This is historical fiction that pleasingly combines authentic historical backdrop with well thought-out romance and drama. Lotte is an intelligent and beautiful young German woman living in Munich. National Jewish Book Awards Winner 2018 Review; For Book Clubs; Judges' Remarks; By Bar­bara M. Bibel – October 1, 2018. or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. I highly recommend this novel for fans of historical fiction, especially those interested in World War II Germany. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. Coming from a family with a rich cultural heritage, stories have always been in her blood.

Copyright 2009-2020 All opinions are my own.. REVIEW: Ronald H. Balson’s The Girl from Berlin is the … Taking place in pre-war Europe (mainly Germany, but also Italy), Balson explores the persecution of the Jewish people prior to the start of WWII and throughout the war years. We also trace Lotte’s transformation from an ardent, indoctrinated German girl into someone who realises the true horrors that really took place in her own backyard. Tania Blanchard’s The Girl from Munich is a compelling love story set in Germany during the closing years of the Second World War. This is a story that’s full of twists and turns as the universal turmoil of war causes havoc among families. She faces moral decisions as the war forces choices unthinkable in peacetime. 1 question answered. Follow (Before and) Afterthoughts on And while he's initially taken aback at the audacity of her request, he agrees to start the process that will result in Heydrich's death.

Ronald H. Balson’s The Girl from Berlin is the fifth installment in his Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series. She becomes engaged to her childhood sweetheart, medical student Heinrich who is from a good family and loves Lotte wholeheartedly. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Tania is excited to have found her light bulb moment, her love for writing historical fiction.

The Girl From Berlin is Balson’s fourth book in the “Catherine and Liam Saga” as I like to call it. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page. The Girl From Berlin by Ronald H. Balson has readers experiencing the emotional roller coaster ride of guilt, anger, fear, and redemption. A dog. The …

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Her debut novel is The Girl from Munich, the story she has always wanted to write, inspired by the fascinating stories told by her German grandmother, and she is currently working on the sequel, set in Australia in the 1950s. Yet this multi-faceted man holds a dark attraction for Annalise, compelling her to open her heart to a force that could ultimately consume her. It’s fascinating to hear the story from the perspective of German civilians and it’s not surprising to hear that The Girl from Munich was inspired by Blanchard’s own grandmother’s real life stories. Read reviews and win free books each month. If this is the sort of genre you feel drawn to, then I can safely say you are going to have a field day with this novel, and this regardless of whether you’re new to the series or not. "The Girl from Berlin" is the fifth book in Ronald H. Balson's Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart series. ( Log Out /  Chapters alternate between the 1930s/1940s and 2017. Required fields are marked *. Together with her husband, Heinrich, a Nazi officer working undercover for American intelligence, Annalise continues her quest to help save as many of her Jewish brethren as possible from certain death. I can’t believe I am still discovering new things about the effects of WWII on people living in Europe during that time. Once again I was taken on a remarkable, often chilling journey into the dark underpinnings of Nazi Germany, as seen through the eyes of the story’s beautiful and courageous heroine, Annalise. The Girl from Berlin: Gruppenführer's Mistress is the second book in Ellie Midwood's historical fiction series, The Girl from Berlin. The Girl from Berlin. While the title does let prospective readers know that there is definitely romance, some of which is steamy, in this novel, The Girl from Berlin: Gruppenführer's Mistress is historical literary fiction at its finest. In this new novel, Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets Her first novel published by Simon & Schuster Australia. and Change ). From a wealthy household, she is mostly shielded from the ravages of the war, until its closing years. The memoir is Ada's story during the Nazi regime from early 1930's to about 1944 and includes clues to help in the modern legal battle. The other takes place as the Nazis are consolidating power in Germany and Ada, a young woman, is making her way through the ranks of an orchestra … What they endured -and escaped- due to their talent is mind-boggling. The Girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson Series: Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5 Published by St. Martin's Press on October 9, 2018 Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery Pages: 352 Source: Netgalley Amazon Goodreads. If you are the author, please login to your Author Area where you can update all of your links and other information. ( Log Out /  Woven with research and detail, The Girl from Berlin is not to be missed.” ―Alyson Richman, international bestselling author of The Lost Wife “Ron Balson’s masterful historical novel The Girl from Berlin illustrates how crimes buried in the past can reverberate across future generations. Her father is called to Berlin and her mother escapes to the country, while Lotte’s fiancé is finally called up and must attend a field hospital in the perilous east. Following a career in physiotherapy, it was only when she had her family that she decided to return to her passion of writing. and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Tania lives in Sydney with her husband and three children and is working on her third novel, Letters from Berlin, to be published in … It really does touch you on an emotional level. Lotte is a loyal German – schooled in the ways of Nazi regime – and she remains devoted to the Fuhrer, even as it becomes apparent to many Germans that he’s responsible for bringing the country to its knees.

( Log Out /  Determined to avenge the death of her brother, Annalise seeks assistance from Ernst Kaltenbrunner, chief of the Austrian SS, to assassinate the Nazi officer responsible for her loss. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. Two kids. The story follows Lotte’s journey from Munich to an American controlled district where her life is increasingly in danger as the war comes to an end and loyalties are torn and atrocities committed. Historical fiction lovers rejoice! This author participates in our What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) Review of “The Girl from Berlin” by Ronald H. Balson Posted on 11/08/2018 by rhapsodyinbooks This book is the fifth in the Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart legal procedural series. This is an unforgettable fictional story that actually reads like a memoir. More: Sydney Morning Herald interview with Tania Blanchard here, purchase a copy, or start reading now. She's a health obsessed yoga enthusiast, a neat freak, an adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew and a doggie mama. Ellie Midwood is a New York based author, who loves writing about her city and its people. Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite. She has a passion for photography but, with Germany’s foundering fortunes, her career dreams are foiled and instead she takes a position as a secretary at the local Luftwaffe office. Her first novel published by Simon & Schuster Australia, The Girl from Munich, was a runaway bestseller, as was the sequel, Suitcase of Dreams published in 2018. Tania Blanchard lives in Sydney with her husband and three children. I’ve read literally hundreds of books set during World War II, but never any by Balson and none featuring Jewish professional musicians living in Berlin during the war. Share your opinions to help authors and readers. The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper.

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