I saw that one of my favorite authors, Ronald H. Balson had a new book out. The Girl from Berlin is his newest book. I have to say, this is one of my more favorite series so my expectations were high. So did I like it….
Yes I did…but I ran into a problem. I had several books checked out at once. I didn’t get them listened to fast enough so when I started this, I only had four days to finish it. Normally that’s no big deal but life happened and I didn’t get it listened to the finish. So…the audiobook was taken from me (I got it from my online library) and I couldn’t finish it. I had to put it back on my waiting list and had to wait six weeks to get it again. UGH.
But I’m happy to say the wait was worth it. I really enjoyed the book. I was a little afraid that when I opened the audiobook for the second lending that I would have trouble finding my place. I didn’t. I was right there when I opened the book. I was also worried that I wouldn’t remember the characters or events but that wasn’t true either. The book stuck with me. That’s how I know it was a good one.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“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.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I would agree. It was really good.
Here are the books in order…
The Girl From Berlin
If you can I’d read them in order but it isn’t entirely necessary. I really hope the author keeps up the series. Truly, it’s one of my favorites.
If you are interested in giving Audible a try, you can find it HERE.