The Girl from Berlin : A Novel ePUB ↠ Girl from

The Girl from Berlin : A Novel ePUB ↠ Girl from

The Girl from Berlin : A Novel [Ebook] ➩ The Girl from Berlin : A Novel By Ronald H. Balson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 clai An old friend calls from Berlin PDF/EPUB » 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 The Girl PDF or hidden in its pages is a story long forgotten Ada Baumgarten was born in Berlin in , at the 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 Girl from Berlin PDF/EPUB ç 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 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 written.


10 thoughts on “The Girl from Berlin : A Novel

  1. Liz Liz says:

    3.5 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 tale 3.5 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


  2. Erin Erin says:

    Book 5 in the Catherine Lockhart Liam Taggert series,The Girl from Berlin takes the pair from Chicago to Tuscany, where they tackle a corporation who wants to oust an elderly woman from her vineyard As Catherine scrambles to adjust to Italian legalization, she is given a journal written by a German musician that may hold answers to the vineyard s origins Considering that I just finishedThe Girl They Left Behind, a person might think that I wouldn t want to delve back into another World Wa Book 5 in the Catherine Lockhart Liam Taggert series,The Girl from Berlin takes the pair from Chicago to Tuscany, where they tackle a corporation who wants to oust an elderly woman from her vineyard As Catherine scrambles to adjust to Italian legalization, she is given a journal written by a German musician that may hold answers to the vineyard s origins Considering that I just finishedThe Girl They Left Behind, a person might think that I wouldn t want to delve back into another World War II background story Yet, here I am once again We have Ada, a vibrant German musician, only child of a musician father and a socialite mother living in Berlin The focus is specifically on how one family watched as their civil liberties were stripped and their highly educated and cultured country fell under the spell of Nazism It s always difficult to read a book like this one because of course I, the reader are from the future and these characters are living in the past and everytime they uttered the sentence Well, we can t go right now well, it s a struggle not to scream Of course, that only reinforces that so many people could not even imagine what was going to end up happening That is perhaps a big reason for me to continue re visiting this time period again and againThe Girl from Berlinillustrates he bonds of family, the sacrifices of parents, and the fierce ability of some to continue keeping secrets Thanks to Netgalley for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review


  3. Mellie Antoinette Mellie Antoinette says:

    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, wineThe list could and should go on and on Unfortunately, the fire, brimstone and steel that should burn underneath all that passion, turning the paper in my hands into luminous 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, wineThe list could and should go on and on Unfortunately, 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


  4. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Do not bother This historical fiction uses words from present times Although I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the author makes endless comparisons without using his name Let s make Germany great again, etc.


  5. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    We travel from present day Italy and back to the 1930 s during Hitler s regime in Germany.In Nazi Germany, we are introduced to Ada as she masterfully plays her violin solos In Italy we come across a land dispute that may or may not have Ada Baumgaurten, famous violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, involved The land dispute has Liam and Catherine flying to Italy to the beautiful villa of Senora Vincenzo, aunt of a close friend in Chicago.Catherine has the task of trying to dispute the fact th We travel from present day Italy and back to the 1930 s during Hitler s regime in Germany.In Nazi Germany, we are introduced to Ada as she masterfully plays her violin solos In Italy we come across a land dispute that may or may not have Ada Baumgaurten, famous violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, involved The land dispute has Liam and Catherine flying to Italy to the beautiful villa of Senora Vincenzo, aunt of a close friend in Chicago.Catherine has the task of trying to dispute the fact that Senora does own the land and the home she is living in contrary to the Italian attorneys who say she is not the owner The claim the Italian attorneys had seemed pretty suspicious.We also gets a glimpse into beautiful Tuscany its food, its people, and its landscapes.I enjoyed the back and forth from the 1930 s to 2017 The connection between the two time periods set in Germany at the beginning of WWII then moving to present day Italy was a manuscript that Ada had written about her life and the life of a famous violinist Senora Ada Vincenzo insisted that Catherine read the manuscript for the background because she just couldn t bring herself to tell the details.THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is a very absorbing dual timeline that will immediately capture your interest with detailed descriptions of the characters and events.Mr Balson has written another beautiful, well researched book that opens up our eyes to the life the European people were living at that time to today s lifestyle in Italy The present day story line has secrets being revealed about Ada s and Senora Vincenzo s claim on the land.Historical fiction fans, opera fans, and fans of Mr Balson s books definitely will not be disappointed in his newest beauty.THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is outstanding, unforgettable, and well written.Magnificent, marvelous, heart wrenching, and should be given high praise are perfect descriptions of THE GIRL FROM BERLIN 5 5This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own


  6. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    3.5 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 Catherin 3.5 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.


  7. ABCme ABCme says:

    Thank you Netgalley and St Martin s Press for the ARC.Opening 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 Lia Thank you Netgalley and St Martin s Press for the ARC.Opening 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 indepth.In 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 horrors.The moment the connection between Gabi and Ada reveals itself takes my breath away Heartbreakingly beautiful.While 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


  8. Marla Marla says:

    This was such a good book This is book 5 in the Liam Taggart Catherine Lockhart series and my first one to read This book is easily a stand alone I didn t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first four books This book went back and forth between 2017 and the life of Ada Baumgarten and her family during World War II as Jews in Berlin I found both storylines fascinating I ve read before in a memoir that the legal system in Italy is a little hard to navigate with some lawyer This was such a good book This is book 5 in the Liam Taggart Catherine Lockhart series and my first one to read This book is easily a stand alone I didn t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first four books This book went back and forth between 2017 and the life of Ada Baumgarten and her family during World War II as Jews in Berlin I found both storylines fascinating I ve read before in a memoir that the legal system in Italy is a little hard to navigate with some lawyers not caring and some who can be paid off I was frustrated with Ada and her father where were both professional violinists They kept saying they would leave Berlin and Germany after the season was done or with oneperformance left They also kept thinking Hitler wasn t going to last, people wouldn t believe him, people wouldn t get behind him Of course behind on this side of the Holocaust it s easy to yell RUN every time I read they were going to wait a few months or a few days Or Ada saying she could easily go back into Berlin after moving to Italy Balson does a great time showing how naive the Jews were until it was too late He does a great job in showing just how bad conditions became and how slowly people became such racist people Best friends shunning their Jewish friends and neighbors There were a lot of parallels from how Hitler and the Nazis grew and changed the way people thought, the way hate grew to some of what is happening here Balson showed how easy people got complacent and things changed before people even knew what was going on I would highly recommend this book It was so well written, and the characters were so well rounded that I cared for the many of them and didn t like some of them.I received a copy from NetGalley


  9. Meg - A Bookish Affair Meg - A Bookish Affair says:

    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 Europe.The story in this book is fascinating although I was much mor 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 Europe.The story in this book is fascinating although I was muchinterested 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 story.The 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 places.This was an interesting story but it would have been nice for the detail to have been better woven in


  10. Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff says:

    Balson has written a number of powerful novels set during the war in recent years and his latest does not disappoint It juxtaposes a modern tale about a fight to save an elderly woman s home in Tuscany with the story of Ada, a young woman struggling to survive during the war I loved Ada s story, from her young days in Italy growing close to her friend Kurt to her fateful flight to Italy and especially the way Ada s story ties together with the modern Italian mystery


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10 thoughts on “The Girl from Berlin : A Novel

  1. Liz Liz says:

    3.5 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 tale 3.5 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

  2. Erin Erin says:

    Book 5 in the Catherine Lockhart Liam Taggert series,The Girl from Berlin takes the pair from Chicago to Tuscany, where they tackle a corporation who wants to oust an elderly woman from her vineyard As Catherine scrambles to adjust to Italian legalization, she is given a journal written by a German musician that may hold answers to the vineyard s origins Considering that I just finishedThe Girl They Left Behind, a person might think that I wouldn t want to delve back into another World Wa Book 5 in the Catherine Lockhart Liam Taggert series,The Girl from Berlin takes the pair from Chicago to Tuscany, where they tackle a corporation who wants to oust an elderly woman from her vineyard As Catherine scrambles to adjust to Italian legalization, she is given a journal written by a German musician that may hold answers to the vineyard s origins Considering that I just finishedThe Girl They Left Behind, a person might think that I wouldn t want to delve back into another World War II background story Yet, here I am once again We have Ada, a vibrant German musician, only child of a musician father and a socialite mother living in Berlin The focus is specifically on how one family watched as their civil liberties were stripped and their highly educated and cultured country fell under the spell of Nazism It s always difficult to read a book like this one because of course I, the reader are from the future and these characters are living in the past and everytime they uttered the sentence Well, we can t go right now well, it s a struggle not to scream Of course, that only reinforces that so many people could not even imagine what was going to end up happening That is perhaps a big reason for me to continue re visiting this time period again and againThe Girl from Berlinillustrates he bonds of family, the sacrifices of parents, and the fierce ability of some to continue keeping secrets Thanks to Netgalley for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review

  3. Mellie Antoinette Mellie Antoinette says:

    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, wineThe list could and should go on and on Unfortunately, the fire, brimstone and steel that should burn underneath all that passion, turning the paper in my hands into luminous 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, wineThe list could and should go on and on Unfortunately, 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

  4. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Do not bother This historical fiction uses words from present times Although I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the author makes endless comparisons without using his name Let s make Germany great again, etc.

  5. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    We travel from present day Italy and back to the 1930 s during Hitler s regime in Germany.In Nazi Germany, we are introduced to Ada as she masterfully plays her violin solos In Italy we come across a land dispute that may or may not have Ada Baumgaurten, famous violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, involved The land dispute has Liam and Catherine flying to Italy to the beautiful villa of Senora Vincenzo, aunt of a close friend in Chicago.Catherine has the task of trying to dispute the fact th We travel from present day Italy and back to the 1930 s during Hitler s regime in Germany.In Nazi Germany, we are introduced to Ada as she masterfully plays her violin solos In Italy we come across a land dispute that may or may not have Ada Baumgaurten, famous violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, involved The land dispute has Liam and Catherine flying to Italy to the beautiful villa of Senora Vincenzo, aunt of a close friend in Chicago.Catherine has the task of trying to dispute the fact that Senora does own the land and the home she is living in contrary to the Italian attorneys who say she is not the owner The claim the Italian attorneys had seemed pretty suspicious.We also gets a glimpse into beautiful Tuscany its food, its people, and its landscapes.I enjoyed the back and forth from the 1930 s to 2017 The connection between the two time periods set in Germany at the beginning of WWII then moving to present day Italy was a manuscript that Ada had written about her life and the life of a famous violinist Senora Ada Vincenzo insisted that Catherine read the manuscript for the background because she just couldn t bring herself to tell the details.THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is a very absorbing dual timeline that will immediately capture your interest with detailed descriptions of the characters and events.Mr Balson has written another beautiful, well researched book that opens up our eyes to the life the European people were living at that time to today s lifestyle in Italy The present day story line has secrets being revealed about Ada s and Senora Vincenzo s claim on the land.Historical fiction fans, opera fans, and fans of Mr Balson s books definitely will not be disappointed in his newest beauty.THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is outstanding, unforgettable, and well written.Magnificent, marvelous, heart wrenching, and should be given high praise are perfect descriptions of THE GIRL FROM BERLIN 5 5This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own

  6. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    3.5 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 Catherin 3.5 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.

  7. ABCme ABCme says:

    Thank you Netgalley and St Martin s Press for the ARC.Opening 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 Lia Thank you Netgalley and St Martin s Press for the ARC.Opening 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 indepth.In 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 horrors.The moment the connection between Gabi and Ada reveals itself takes my breath away Heartbreakingly beautiful.While 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

  8. Marla Marla says:

    This was such a good book This is book 5 in the Liam Taggart Catherine Lockhart series and my first one to read This book is easily a stand alone I didn t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first four books This book went back and forth between 2017 and the life of Ada Baumgarten and her family during World War II as Jews in Berlin I found both storylines fascinating I ve read before in a memoir that the legal system in Italy is a little hard to navigate with some lawyer This was such a good book This is book 5 in the Liam Taggart Catherine Lockhart series and my first one to read This book is easily a stand alone I didn t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first four books This book went back and forth between 2017 and the life of Ada Baumgarten and her family during World War II as Jews in Berlin I found both storylines fascinating I ve read before in a memoir that the legal system in Italy is a little hard to navigate with some lawyers not caring and some who can be paid off I was frustrated with Ada and her father where were both professional violinists They kept saying they would leave Berlin and Germany after the season was done or with oneperformance left They also kept thinking Hitler wasn t going to last, people wouldn t believe him, people wouldn t get behind him Of course behind on this side of the Holocaust it s easy to yell RUN every time I read they were going to wait a few months or a few days Or Ada saying she could easily go back into Berlin after moving to Italy Balson does a great time showing how naive the Jews were until it was too late He does a great job in showing just how bad conditions became and how slowly people became such racist people Best friends shunning their Jewish friends and neighbors There were a lot of parallels from how Hitler and the Nazis grew and changed the way people thought, the way hate grew to some of what is happening here Balson showed how easy people got complacent and things changed before people even knew what was going on I would highly recommend this book It was so well written, and the characters were so well rounded that I cared for the many of them and didn t like some of them.I received a copy from NetGalley

  9. Meg - A Bookish Affair Meg - A Bookish Affair says:

    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 Europe.The story in this book is fascinating although I was much mor 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 Europe.The story in this book is fascinating although I was muchinterested 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 story.The 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 places.This was an interesting story but it would have been nice for the detail to have been better woven in

  10. Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff says:

    Balson has written a number of powerful novels set during the war in recent years and his latest does not disappoint It juxtaposes a modern tale about a fight to save an elderly woman s home in Tuscany with the story of Ada, a young woman struggling to survive during the war I loved Ada s story, from her young days in Italy growing close to her friend Kurt to her fateful flight to Italy and especially the way Ada s story ties together with the modern Italian mystery

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