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mobi Ï The Girl from BerlinA Novel Hardcover ¾ 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 CathE end of the Great War The daughter of an accomplished first chair violinist in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic she herself was 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 unr 35 StarsI struggled a bit with 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 Present day Liam Taggart and Cathrine Lockhart are asked to go to Italy to help solve a legal dispute over who owns the vineyards currently occupied by Gabriella her or VinCo While there Gabriella gives Catherine a memoir of a girl from WWII Ada whose memoir we and Catherine read is a German Jew and a gifted violinist Unfortunately with Hitler’s rise to power it becomes increasingly hard for her to play publicly and she eventually moves to Italy to pursue her dream But with WWII raging on and Mussolini joining ranks with Hitler she isn’t safe there either Her story is heartbreaking and upsetting Back in present day Catherine works hard with an Italian lawyer to try and prove Gabriella the rightful owner of the land You know the two stories have to be connected but it takes some time to work and out and even longer to see how the memoir can help the case I think Balson does a great job at slowly unraveling both stories and then bringing them together This is book five in the Taggart and Lockhart series but it can be read as a stand alone But as I’ve read other books in this series I would recommend reading them all I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review

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Aveling 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 awaitedWhat 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 writte Thank you Netgalley and St Martin's Press for the ARCOpening with a drive through the beautiful Italian countryside this book grabbed from the start and had me turning page after page Gabi is an old lady about to be evicted from her Italian vineyard to make room for Vinco Big Vine The land and its villa have been her property for decades and she's not giving up without a fight Having had no luck with the Italian lawyers her nephew in the United States hires his friends Catherine and Liam to sort things out They move to Italy to investigate the case Gabi meanwhile is fiercely defending her award winning plot of Ada's grapes But who is Ada and why is this tiny plot so important to Gabi?The book alternates between Gabi in 2017 and Ada in the late 1930's Through Ada's memoir we learn about her life as a young violin player It tells of everyday events and gives great insight into the workings of the operahouse the orchestra and Ada finding her place as a Jewish woman in a man's world now also dominated by nazis From Berlin to Bologna you can smell the fear hear the music engage in lively conversation enjoy both Jewish and Italian traditions All scenes so vividly described All characters indepthIn 2017 we race against the clock to find evidence of Gabi being the true owner of the land Both stories entwine seamlessly the 2017 parts giving the reader a welcome break to deal with the nazi horrorsThe moment the connection between Gabi and Ada reveals itself takes my breath away Heartbreakingly beautifulWhile writing this review I'm standing in Gabi's vineyard mesmerized enjoying the Tuscan sunset wonderful violin music playing in my head The Girl From Berlin is a treasure that will stay with me for a long time Highly recommended

mobi The Girl from BerlinA Novel

The Girl from BerlinA NovelAn 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 forgottenAda Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918 at th I received an #earc of this novel from #netgalley in exchange for a fair review On the surface this has everything I would expect to love on parchment WWII Germany an orchestral Italy a beautiful cover a Sienese vineyard in limbo barristers in court mothers living in fear strong spirits violin chords wine 🍷 🍷 🍷 The list could and should go on and onUnfortunately the fire brimstone and steel that should burn underneath all that passion turning the paper in my hands into luminous ashes just wasn’t there In a way Balson made all the best choices but with all the wrong ties BUT the author did one thing right; the most important choice of all he highlighted that hatred for hatred’s sake is just hateful Ada Baumgarten’s story crosses the depths of Nazi despair and yet it could have happened yesterday It’s the most heartbreaking reality that what was once someone’s historical past is well on its way to becoming our present realism So while this didn’t grab me it is with the most grateful of hearts that I kindly thank St Martin’s Press and Ronald H Balson for the pleasure of enjoying this book #thegirlfromberlin