After reading Once We Were Brothers and this book, Ronald H. Balson has just become one of my few favorite authors. I'm really regretting not keeping Once We Were Brothers.
This is such an incredible novel I've come across in a while! Mr. Balsom most certainly has done his research. He is so eloquently talented with words where he brings the story alive immediately from the beginning to the end, holding your interest. He is one of the few phenomenal storytellers of our time.
First of all, having read Once We Were Brothers over a year ago, I did not know he had written other books until The Girl From Berlin came out. This book is the fifth book of Liam Haggard and Catherine Lockhart series. Now, this should not scare you off because this can be a stand alone novel and I can tell you why. The heart of this novel truly sets on the mystery, music, and historical details of the main character who wrote the journal.
This is a historical novel which takes place pre WWII and during WWII and present which are alternated back and forth but easy to keep up. Once you start reading the first couple of pages, there's no turning back. Balsom did an incredible job bringing the depths of history, music and feelings alive. I LOVE how he conveyed a story to each of the classical music pieces.
It isa not for a quick reading. This novel will bring out all kinds of emotions from you. It is intended to be savored reading and long after you finish reading the book.
I truly truly enjoyed this story. It is one of the best WWII stories I've come across this year. I'd say this beats Lilac Girls, Nightingale, and All the Light We Cannot See hands down. I will read his other books and continue to read more of his books in the future.
I recieved this marvelous ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Thank you!