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The Girl from BerlinA NovelHe 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 u 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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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 forgottenAda Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918 at t 35 stars rounded up I've always enjoyed historical fiction for the ability to learn something while enjoying a good story Balson’s books combine modern day mysteries with historical fiction This book concerns a real estate title issue in Italy An old woman is being thrown off her property having been told her claim to the land is invalid The historical story deals with a young Jewish girl in the years leading up to and during WWII Ada the young Jewish girl is a gifted violinist Her talents are such that she manages to be exempt from many of the restrictions placed on Jews first in Germany and then in Italy Again I’m never sure if I’m seeing parallels where there are none But reading about how the economy and populism rebounded under Hitler was chilling “No one wanted to openly admit they condoned nazification In general even among adults Hitler’s hateful rhetoric was discounted as bluster as if to say ‘I don’t believe in all that Nazi ideology but you must admit Germany’s economy is doing much better economically’” And it gets worse with time Again the greater sin was the acceptance of all the hate “Everyone is always sorry” The weakness is the current story The Italian lawyers aren’t the only thing that “stink like a dead fish” I just couldn’t believe the machinations of VinCo and the whole evil conspiracy theory Luckily the majority of the book is Ada’s story and I found this part very strong Balson’s writing isn’t lush or magical He tells the story in a straight forward basis I realized all my highlights were facts I found interesting not writing I found special Still I did lots of highlighting and felt I learned a lot by reading this book My thanks to netgalley and St Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book

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FREE PDF ¼ BOOK The Girl from BerlinA Novel × 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 CatherinNraveling 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 writt The Girl from Berlin is the fifth book in Ronald H Balson's Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart series It is a story told in dual times One takes place in the present day as Liam and Catherine are trying to solve the mystery and help a friend in Italy 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 that will take her all over EuropeThe story in this book is fascinating although I was much interested in Ada's story She captures the fear of watching all that she has known change under the Nazis as well as her excitement to be a part of the orchestra and to travel to places she has never been before She watches as the continent of Europe is marred by war The present day story was okay but did not have the same draw for me as Ada's storyThe writing of the book was alright There were many places in the book both in the present day story and the past story where too much was told rather than showed It worked okay for the past story where Ada told her story in first person point of view so that the telling rather than showing almost gave her part of the book a diary like feel It did not work so well for the present day story and really made the narrative drag in some placesThis was an interesting story but it would have been nice for the detail to have been better woven in