I can't say how much is real and how much was made up. The family was Polish speaking rather than Yiddish speaking, and was very much integrated into Polish society. The story is getting a lot of well-deserved buzz. Ronald Balson has portrayed this family history in a forthright, empathetic manner, including all the facts involved in the escape from the Natzi's terroristic reign. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. It can best be summed up a In 1943 in the Chrzanow, Poland ghetto, Karolina, a young jewish woman, gives birth to twins with help of her best friend, Lena. This is the first book I have read by Ronald Balson but after having thoroughly enjoyed this one I will definitely go back and read his other novels.
Her selfish son, Arthur wants to declare her unfit and delusional about the existence of her friend Karolina's twins and take over her fortune and control her life. With surprises, twists and turns a compelling tale which grabs you from the first page to the last- a journey of survival and a connection to a dark past and the secrets of two twin girls. This is the third book in a series by the author. I guess, since I'm almost 80, it brings home how vulnerable we all are, as we age. He is also the author of Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. The modern story seemed to be mostly a vehicle for telling the older story. A special thank you to St.
There are questions that need to be asked, answers that need to be uncovered and a secret that needs to be revealed. I found it an extremely interesting read. She had made this promise to Karolina in 1943 and insists in fulfilling it. With a mix of courtroom drama well-drawn , an infusion of fact and fiction, well-researched historical events, and emotional accounts of courageous survivors. A story of love and sacrifice, bonds between women, mothers and children, all worthy messages, all conveyed within.
In other words, this is a plot driven novel. Sometimes it's not the destination but the journey that counts. Most of the book is taken up with Lena's story, and I found it to be by far the most engaging part of the book. Her family is taken and murdered, and she loses touch with Karolina and many of the others she loves. Fans of Kristin Hannah's , Jenna Blum's will enjoy this book! She is Jewish and from a influential and wealthy family.
I cannot wait for his next book. The parts of the story that resonated with me did so because of the history. I've known most of the things that went on, during the Holocaust, for many years, and it still upsets me to read about it. Not since I read Daniel Mendelsohn's Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million have I been so moved by the poignant story of one person's unrelenting determination to locate displaced Holocaust survivors. Highly recommend all the books in the series! The writing style and structure of this novel were very poorly done. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. Balson, author of the international bestseller.
I found myself deeply moved in the reading of this and read it all in one day. Lena Woodward, a holocaust survivor asks Catherine and Liam Taggart to help her find two twins that her best friend lost during the war. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Her house was her safe harbor. Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond.
Has the real story been hidden these many years? Attorney Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart became a team, and a couple, while working on a complicated case for Holocaust survivor Ben Solomon. He says she is a senile, delusional old woman, wasting her money. She involves Chicago private investigator Liam Taggard and his lawyer wife, Catherine Lockhard, in her search for twin babies lost from the train when she and her friends Karolina and Muriel were being shipped from the Chrzanow ghetto, where she, husband David and Karolina were forced labor in a Natzi coat and clothing factory, to the Gross-Rosen work camp. A former editor of Poet Lore magazine, he is the author or editor of 20 books, including and. If you want to read a very interesting non-fiction account of a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, I highly highly recommend. She begins to recount a tale, going back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina.
Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. The novel gets off to a slow start due to the way it is written but the 2nd half of the book totally sucks the reader in. I feel privileged to have been able to read it before its publication date. Lena Woodward, an elderly woman, enlists the help of both lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart to appraise the story of her harrowing past in Nazi occupied Poland. As Lena's story unfolded for her attorney, Catherine, we re-lived with her the terror and atrocities committed by the Nazis, and we learned that there was a secret Lena had been keeping for 70 years. Readers will eavesdrop on his phone calls from Europe in which he reports to Catherine his frustrations, his plans, his leads, and his findings. I could not help but think of the current environment in N.