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The Girl from Berlin
The Girl from Berlin: A Novel | Ronald H. Balson
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In the newest novel from internationally-bestselling author Ronald. H. Balson, 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 An old friend calls Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart to his famous Italian restaurant to enlist their help. His aunt is being evicted from her home in the Tuscan hills by a powerful corporation claiming they own the deeds, even though she can produce her own set of deeds to her land. Catherine and Liam’s only clue is a bound handwritten manuscript, entirely in German, and hidden in its pages is a story long-forgotten... Ada Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918, at the end of the war. The daughter of an accomplished first-chair violinist in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, and herself a violin prodigy, Ada’s life was full of the rich culture of Berlin’s interwar society. She formed a deep attachment to her childhood friend Kurt, but they were torn apart by the growing unrest as her Jewish family came under suspicion. As the tides of history turned, it was her extraordinary talent that would carry her through an unraveling society turned to war, and make her a target even as it saved her, allowing her to move to Bologna—though Italy was not the haven her family had hoped, and further heartache awaited. What became of Ada? How is she connected to the conflicting land deeds of a small Italian villa? As they dig through the layers of lies, corruption, and human evil, Catherine and Liam uncover an unfinished story of heart, redemption, and hope—the ending of which is yet to be written. Don't miss Liam and Catherine's lastest adventures in The Girl from Berlin!
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Butterfinger
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I've always wondered how the international Red Cross overlooked the concentration camps. According to Balson, Theresienstadt was the cover-up whenever a nation wanted to investigate. His books are always so informative and he finds ways to connect obscure facts to today's times.

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Kristy_K
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I struggled a bit w/the alternating story lines at the beginning of the story as it was hard to get invested in either story line. However, once we got to the meat of both stories, I became immersed in them.

Alternating between WWII &present day, we read of Ada, a talented violinist &German Jew, &the latest case of Liam &Cat-a land dispute in Italy.

Balson does a great job at slowly unraveling both stories &then bringing them together.

#arc

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Samplergal
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2🌟. I thought this was poorly written. “ her dress was as smooth as milk”. Really. The story was somewhat intriguing, but not enough. #meh

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Samplergal
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I‘m trying this audiobook. It‘s had mixed reviews. I‘m not terribly enamored yet.

LeafingThroughLife I was kind of lukewarm on this one. Ultimately I liked the story but I wasn‘t in love with the writing. 7mo
Samplergal @LeafingThroughLife I think that is it exactly. I do want to know about the land deal though. I‘ll likely finish. 7mo
Butterfinger I have been waiting for this one to come out. I've enjoyed all his books so far. It is a part of a series. Do you think that is the trouble, maybe? 7mo
Samplergal @Butterfinger it certainly could be! I had no idea. Lol. 7mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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Finished wrapping the presents last night which means a little extra reading time on this Christmas Eve!

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LeafingThroughLife
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Lots of cleaning and Christmas prep to get done today, but I‘m trying to make some time to get into a new book, too!

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭 review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi! https://reecaspieces.com/2018/11/09/the-girl-from-berlin-by-ronald-h-balson-hist...

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Quirkybookworm
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Incredible novel I‘ve come across in a long time. Review as promised. http://quirkybookwormalways.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-girl-from-berlin-by-ronald-...

Jennifer3 I must read it with that kind of review!!! 9mo
Quirkybookworm @jennifer3 thank you for your kind words💕 9mo
Jennifer3 @Quirkybookworm Thanks for the review to grab my attention! 9mo
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Reecaspieces 😍😍😍 9mo
Freespirit Sounds like a must read. I loved All the Light we cannot See so will put it on my TBR list. Thank you 9mo
Rissreads This sounds fantastic, I loved your review 🧡 9mo
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Quirkybookworm

After reading Once We Were Brothers and The Girl from Berlin, Ronald H. Balson has become one of my favorite authors. Review will be tomorrow. I‘m regretting for not keeping Once We Were Brothers. Both of these books are heck a lot better than Nightingale, and All the Light We Cannot See!!

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Quirkybookworm
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Good night everyone!❤️😀

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Thanks, and congrats on your 70,000.

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TheLibrarian Thanks for entering! I‘ll need to add this to my tbr. 10mo
SilversReviews @TheLibrarian It was so good. Thanks for the giveaway. 10mo
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Librarylady
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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I meant to just read the first chapter of this tonight, but I‘m a hundred pages in and don‘t want to stop. Historical fiction that moves back and forth in time from World War II in Europe to the present day, Balson is a master at creating suspense and developing his stories.

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Gingermint2000
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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This book was excellent. It jumps from current day in Italy to Berlin during the reign of Hitler. You are reading a memoir of Ada Baumgarten and trying to figure out how it connects to the current day.
If you like fiction set during World War II and earlier then you will enjoy this novel.

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SilversReviews
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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We travel from present-day Italy and back to the 1930‘s during Hitler‘s regime in Germany.

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is a very absorbing dual-timeline that will immediately capture your interest with detailed descriptions of the characters and events.

Historical fiction fans, opera fans, and fans of Mr. Balson‘s books definitely will not be disappointed in his newest beauty.

https://bit.ly/2y9Zg3d

tammysue Great review! 10mo
SilversReviews @whatshesreadingnow Thank you. ♥️ 10mo
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Loric
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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Told in a dual timeline, TGFB is the story of Gabi, a 78 year old woman in danger of being pushed out of her Tuscan home by a large corporation vying to steal her prize winning vineyards and Ada, a gifted young Jewish musician and the prejudice and horrors she faced as a young woman during WWII. I love how Balson combines modern day mystery with historical fiction and once again he successfully merges present with past into a fantastic read.

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Loric
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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Book mail is the best! This is right up my alley #stmartinspress

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SilversReviews
Girl from Berlin | Ronald H Balson
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I just finished THE GIRL FROM BERLIN by Ronald H. Balson.

It was FANTASTIC.

Dual timeline - 1930‘s Germany to present day in Italy.

The connection was a journal written by the main character who was a famous violinist.

My full review will be on October 8.

♥️ ♥️ LOVED the book. ♥️ ♥️

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