The Girl from Berlin (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5) by Ronald H. Balson

The Girl from Berlin (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5)

In the newest novel from internationally-bestselling author, Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secretsAn 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 h...


Details The Girl from Berlin (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5)

TitleThe Girl from Berlin (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5)
ISBN9781250195241
Author
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction
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Reviews The Girl from Berlin (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #5)

  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    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, t...
  • Mellie Antoinete
    1970-01-01
    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 on!Unfortunately, the fire, brimstone and steel that should burn underneath all...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    1970-01-01
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON OCTOBER 8."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 Vincen...
  • Martie Nees Record
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Marla
    1970-01-01
    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 I...
  • ABCme
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Julie Daniels
    1970-01-01
    What can I say? It's a Ronald H Balson book. I knew it had to be amazing just based on that. And it was. I adore Liam Haggard and Catherine Lockhart and I'm always ready to join them on one of their exciting heartwarming adventures. And I hope they have many more of t hem. I love that he has two characters that are always in his books. That you get to explore different time periods and places but you get the familiarity of these two beloved chara...
  • Dottie Resnick
    1970-01-01
    This is a phenomenal book. Story is about a young outstanding Jewish woman violinist and her family in Berlin prior to & during WWII. In addition it tells the story of an old woman in Italy fighting to keep her land with the help of an American lawyer, her investigator husband, several Italian lawyers, a German lawyer and of course the Nazis. Suspenseful, intriguing and a page turner.
  • Diane Perry
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My favorite book I have read this year. An incredible story that will grab your heart. Gabi is in risk of losing her family land. Liam and Catherine fly to Italy to try and help her. They had no idea the adventure that would be before them. This is a must read!
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    Yes, Ron's next book is being released this fall and I gladly welcomed Catherine and Liam back into my life:) This time they travel to Siena, Italy to help their friend Tony's aunt avoid being evicted from her wine villa. As always, it was a strong mystery, with Catherine playing the lead role this time. The descriptions of Siena brought back good memories from my vacation there 6 years ago. The story switches between the present day in Siena and...
  • Natalie
    1970-01-01
    Balson skillfully combines the beautiful and touching stories of 2 women, Ada during WWII and Gabi in modern Italy. Their stories are woven together by a manuscript/journal, which we are allowed to read and ultimately understand the connection between present-day Italy and WW II Germany.The catalyst is the attempt to dispossess the elderly Gabi from her much loved vineyards in Tuscany. An American couple is dispatched by relatives in Chicago to t...
  • Shomeret
    1970-01-01
    I was approached by the publisher to review The Girl From Berlin because I reviewed Karolina's Twins, the third volume in the Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart legal thriller series. The Girl From Berlin is #5 in the same series. I received a free copy for review from the publisher via Net Galley.In most dual period books, I prefer one of the narratives more than the other, but in the Ronald Balson Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart books I've...
  • Debbi
    1970-01-01
    I loved Karolina's Twins, also by Ronald H. Balson, and it is no surprise that I also loved The Girl From Berlin. This wonderful story, told from the present day and the days leading up to, through and after World War II, has Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart working to help the aunt of a friend, who is threatened with eviction from the land she has owned and loved for years, by an evil corporation who claims she doesn't really own it. Although...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    As a big fan of Ronald Balson’s books, I was delighted to get the opportunity to read an advance copy of his latest book, The Girl from Berlin. I thought the plot was very compelling, and it was interesting to read about life in Italy during Mussolini’s rule, in contrast to Hitler’s Germany. I enjoyed the characters who had been in his previous books. I flew through the book wanting to know what happened.My only criticism of the book is tha...
  • Julie Daniels
    1970-01-01
    Honestly what else could you expect from a Ronald H Balson book besides a 5 star read? No surprise here. I can't recommend his books enough. RTC *thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the eARC for review*Full review:What can I say? It's a Ronald H Balson book. I knew it had to be amazing just based on that. And it was. I adore Liam Haggard and Catherine Lockhart and I'm always ready to join them on one of their exciting heartwarming adve...
  • KayG
    1970-01-01
    This was exceptional! I could not put it down from the outset - except I had to, in order to digest that which I had read. The novel did a wonderful job of putting me in the heads of the characters during some incredibly difficult times of World War II. I love to learn as I read, and this was enlightening. I was particularly happy to learn more about Italy during WWII, as I've read less about it than other countries. Music was an important part o...
  • TJ
    1970-01-01
    Wow oh Wow, this was a great book!! I have read many WWII books and this one zooms right to the top of the list. It was interesting, entertaining, and so informative, I learned things that had not been covered before. The bulk of the story is a biography by Ada, starting as a young Jewish girl in Berlin, we follow her through her younger years in the 1900’s to the 1930’s before the war came to Italy and then into the camps with her in the 194...
  • Olya
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley-thank you!I'm at the point where I will basically read everything Ronald H. Balson writes because it's SO good. He's definitely one of my favorite historical fiction writers. The past/present format is done so well, and the mystery sucked me in pretty quickly. It was both heartbreaking and hopeful. If you're a World War II historical fiction fan, you need to read this one!
  • Lynne
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book because of the descriptions of scenery in present day Italy, the musical perspective, and of course the WWII, Nazi history story line. Sometimes the dialogue is a bit flat but this is definitely an outstanding read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
  • Vicki
    1970-01-01
    Historical fiction that tells two stories at once, The Girl From Berlin eventually merges the present and the past. The present crisis comes to the attention of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and her husband Liam in 2017 when their friend, a successful restauranteur persuades them to help his elderly aunt. Elderly Gabrielle Vincenzi is about to have her family home and working vineyard ripped away by a powerful corporation. She has a deed but is told ...
  • Hana Correa
    1970-01-01
    The Girl From Berlin is an engaging, pleasurable read. I was immediately drawn into the storyline. The story begins in modern day Italy. We meet Gabriella Vincenzo is an elderly woman caught in a legal battle over property rights to a plot is land she has lived on for decades. Vinco, a multi billion dollar wine company, has come forward with a deed to the plot of land that Gabriella lives on. The Vinco deed conflicts the deed that Gabriella has h...
  • Tracy
    1970-01-01
    The Girl from Berlin is Ronald H. Balson’s outstanding new novel that will be published on October 9. Balson returns to his writing roots with a WWII driven plot featuring attorney Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Catherine and Liam travel to the Tuscan Hills of Italy to help 78-year-old Gabriella (Gabi) Vincenzo fight off eviction from her villa in Pienza. Gabi has lived there for years and refuses to leave. The acreag...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    Wow, I am at a loss for words. This is the first book I've read by Ronald H. Balson and it was wonderful. It started off rather slow but built into a heart wrenching yet also heart warming story of love and loss, bigotry and hate and at last survival. Catherine, a successful lawyer is asked by a friend to help his aunt Gabrielle, in Tuscany. A large company has claimed that she is not the rightful deed owner of her Tuscan Villa and Vineyard and h...
  • Peg
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsIn Italy, a lawyer representing a powerful company, handed Gabi, an eviction notice. He told her that the deed that she held to the land was not valid. The elderly woman was given only sixty days to evacuate. Out of desperation, Gabi’s nephew, pleaded with his American friends, Catherine and Liam, a lawyer and private investigator team, to help. The two Americans were not sure that they would be of any real assistance to Gabi until the...
  • Beyondthebookends
    1970-01-01
    Thank you so much to NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book. I have read every installment in the Liam and Catherine series and I think this one is tied for first place with "Once We Were Brothers". This powerful story takes place in alternating perspectives- 1930's/1940's Europe and Italy in 2017. Liam and Catherine head to Italy to help save Gabi from being evicted from the land that she has lived one for more than 70 years. She has a deed...
  • Joan
    1970-01-01
    Ronald Balson is one of my favorite authors. As soon as I saw his newest book The Girl From Berlin being offered for advance reading on NetGalley, I requested it right away. It is always hard to find the right words to describe my feelngs about a Ronald Balson book. "Enjoy" doesn't seem an appropriate word to use when talking about the horrific events that took place in Europe during WWII. The Girl From Berlin is about a musical prodigy from Berl...