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In the newest audiobook from internationally best-selling author Ronald H. Balson, Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets.

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-forgotten....

Ada Baumgarten was born in Berlin in 1918, at the end of the war. The daughter of an accomplished first-chair violinist in the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic and herself 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 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 awaited.

What 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.

©2018 Ronald H. Balson (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Mona-Alisa
  • Charleston, SC, United States
  • 10-23-18

WWII in Berlin and Italy

Historical fiction is my genre. The human spirit as portrayed in this book is inspiring. The book only touches on the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps compared to other WWII books. If you are knowledgeable about the evil of the camps then this book says enough for you to imagine what happens to those who perish there. I find the story strikes a great balance between the harshness of the regime and the way the central characters fall in love with their new country. The ending is both beautiful and sad with redemption.

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Excellent

Love the story. All his books are great. Narration was spot on. Historical is very good.

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A beautiful story!

This is a gripping and heartbreaking memoir and story. I learned a lot about day-to-day life for this wonderful family. Details about The German deliberate and grinding destruction of the Jews is sobering, and of course frightening. in today’s environment. is so plausible to see how a fragile democracy could collapse into dictatorship.

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A stroll through history

This was a wonderful story of life before, during & after Nazi Germany. It was tastefully done but graphic enough. Made me cry numerous times. Great writing!

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FANTASTIC!!

I love Ronald Balson's writing. I had pre-ordered this months ago and waited patiently. Then just about the time I forgot about it, a notification came in that it was in my library. And once I started, as always couldn't stop. I love the characters he creates, I love how the story weaves through time from 2017 to the 30's and 40's. I love how I can picture it all in my mind as I listen to the words. Now, I'm sad because it's done and will have to wait for his next one.

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Highly recommend!

Another winner from Ronald Balson.
And another brilliant performance by Fred Berman. He is an outstanding narrator.

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As usual a fantastic book from Ronald balson

I have listened to all his audible books and learned so much about musicians and concerts orchestra. Informative info about Italy in world war 2. It’s heartbreaking in parts and I almost had to walk away and tell myself it was just a fictional story but I’m sure many parts were played out in Europe during ww2. Worth the credit or the money to hear this book. my very favorite genre and author

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Wow! Couldn’t stop listening!

Inspiring story. Believable characters with many different turns in the plot which kept me hooked in till the end.
Excellent story.

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  • Christine
  • 10-25-18

A good audiobook

I enjoyed the narrative but it took me a while to adjust to the female lead being read by a male having said that I enjoyed the narrative and appreciated the accents. The story was quite good Liam and Catherine are a bit bland