[EPUB] ☆ Karolina's Twins | By Í Ronald H. Balson #2020


  • Title: Karolina's Twins
  • Author: Ronald H. Balson
  • ISBN: 9781250098375
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Karolina's Twins By Ronald H. Balson From the author of Once We Were Brothers comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II.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 occupiFrom the author of Once We Were Brothers comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II.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 At the same time, Lena s son Arthur presents her with a hefty lawsuit under the pretense of garnering her estate and independence for his own purposes Where these stories intersect is through Lena s dubious account of her life in war torn Poland, and her sisterhood with a childhood friend named Karolina Lena and Karolina struggled to live through the atrocity of the Holocaust, and at the same time harbored a courageous, yet mysterious secret of maternity that has troubled Lena throughout her adult life In telling her story to Catherine and Liam, Lena not only exposes the realities of overcoming the horrors of the Holocaust, she also comes to terms with her own connection to her dark past.Karolina s Twins is a tale of survival, love, and resilience in ways than one As Lena recounts her story, Catherine herself also recognizes the unwavering importance of family as she prepares herself for the arrival of her unborn child Through this association and many , both Lena and Catherine begin to cherish the dogged ties that bind not only families and children, but the entirety of mankind.
    Ronald H. Balson
    When he s not writing books, Ron is a practicing attorney with the firm of Stone, Pogrund Korey in Chicago He has been a civil litigation attorney for forty three years He was an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business for twenty five years and was a frequent lecturer in the federal bar certification course and in trial advocacy seminars The demands of his legal practice have taken Ron into courts all across the United States and Canada, and for deposition testimony all across Europe and Asia A few years ago, Ron became involved in a commercial dispute concerning telephone service in Poland Numerous trips to Warsaw and southern Poland provided the inspiration for his first novel, Once We Were Brothers Ron s love of history and his travels to the Middle East provided the motivation for his second novel, Saving Sophie During the Once We Were Brothers book tour, Ron was introduced to several survivors of the World War II concentration camps Of all the stories of courage and determination, one woman s story was so moving that it formed the basis for Karolina s Twins, Ron s third book due out in 2016 Ron was a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction in 2014 and a finalist for the Premio Bancarella Italian Literature Award in 2014 He was an honoree at the Chicago Public Library Foundation s Carl Sandburg Literary Award dinner.

    Karolina's Twins By Ronald H. Balson

    Commentaires:

    Angela M
    Lena Woodward, 89 year old holocaust survivor wants to keep a 70 year old promise to her best friend 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 Husband and wife team, Liam and Catherine, a private investigator and attorney respectively are solicited by Lena to help her Her mission is to keep her promise and find the twin daughters of her best friend Karolina She also has a sec [...]

    Diane S ☔
    3.5 Lena s story is an important one, one based on actual events and it is in the telling of this survivor s story that Balsn s writing is the strongest The modern day story, though I do like the husband and wife team as characters is not as strongly written In truth, the dialogue is at times clunky, the trial, overdone and I often found myself skimming over these parts to get to the stronger parts of the past A story of love and sacrifice, bonds between women, mothers and children, all worthy m [...]

    Suzanne Leopold
    This is the third book in a series by the author If you have not read the author s first two novels, it will not affect reading this book as a stand alone In the story, the author brings back the lawyer private detective team, Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart, that we met in the author s previous two books.There are two stories in this engaging book An 89 year old widowed woman, Lena Woodward, walks into offices of a private investigator lawyer team, Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart She ne [...]

    Esil
    I liked reading Karolina s Twins I found it moving and hard to put down I gather it s the third in a series featuring husband and wife team Liam and Catherine, who are respectively a private investigator and a lawyer You absolutely don t need to read the previous books in the series to get into this one The story has two time lines In present day, 89 year old Lena a Holocaust survivor hires Catherine and Liam to help her find Karolina s twins In order to do so she must tell them the story of her [...]

    Karen
    Through the years, I never told a soul what really happened Not even my husband No one knew the details Once the war was over, I closed the door And locked it Now, as painful as it is, I must open it Lena ScheinmanAttorney Catherine Taggart and her husband Liam are drawn into a World War II mystery when Lena Scheinman, a woman in her late 80 s and a Jewish Polish survivor of the Holocaust shows up on their doorstep asking for help in finding the twins of Lena s deceased best friend, Karolina She [...]

    abby
    In 1943 in the Chrzanow, Poland ghetto, Karolina, a young jewish woman, gives birth to twins with help of her best friend, Lena Before being transferred to a slave labor camp, Karolina makes one, desperate last ditch attempt to save her babies Seventy years later, Lena is a Holocaust survivor and living in Chicago She decides it s time to keep her promise to Karolina to find the twins and enlists a lawyer PI team to help her.The structure of this book was maddening It can best be summed up as he [...]

    Elizabeth of Silver"s Reviews
    Re telling your nightmare of living in occupied Poland during WWII would stir up emotions that I would want to forget, but Lena Scheinman Woodward wanted it told Lena Woodward lived in Poland during the holocaust, lost her entire family, but did find her best friend, Karolina, in the factory where they were required to work and make coats for the Germans.We are there as Lena tells of her experiences to an attorney and private investigator in hopes of getting the help she needs to fulfill the pro [...]

    Dale Harcombe
    89 year old Lena Woodward is insistent about engaging the services of husband and wife team, Catherine Lockhart, a lawyer, and her private investigator husband, Liam Taggart Exactly why she needs to see both of them is unclear initially to them When Catherine and Liam meet her and Lena begins to tell her story, they are drawn into uncovering the story behind the promise to her friend, Karolina which has haunted Lena for the last seventy years There are questions that need to be asked, answers th [...]

    Tammy
    While the actual WW II story line of Karolina s Twins is interesting, I found the writing style to be off putting It reads like a YA novel And, it contains far too many worn out cliches and coincidences The characters aren t fully developed and lacked depth In other words, this is a plot driven novel Karolina s Twins will work for those who prefer heavy subject matter dealt with rather lightly.

    Karen
    This review was done by KissinBlueKarenKAROLINA S TWINS is the third book in a series It can be read as a stand alone, but the character s investigating the story are featured in two other books This story is mostly about Lena, and 89 year old widow She comes into Liam s private detective office, but she demands that his wife, Catherine, be present to hear the story Catherine is a lawyer and she sometimes helps her husband with investigations Lena wants Catherine and Liam to help her find a frie [...]

    Heather
    No matter how many books I read about this period of history, I m always amazed at how each author can put their own take on history and write an unforgettable novel 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 Especially since I see that they again feature Catherine and Liam in the present day storyline as well as a story centered on WWII His vivid descriptions of the atrocities of war were i [...]

    Carole
    I enjoyed this World War 2 novel The story alternates between present day and war torn Poland after the Nazi occupation I loved the friendship of Lena and Karolina If you enjoyed The Nightengale, you ll probably like this as well.

    Judy Collins
    Ronald H Balsondelivers his third book in his riveting series, KAROLINA S TWINS Liam and Catherine 3 after the rivetingSaving Sophie 2015 catching up with Liam Taggart and his attorney wife, Catherine for another complex and emotional case.As the book opens,Chicago private eye, Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart Taggart are contacted by Lena Woodward, a wealthy widow in her late eighties Lena wants to find the twin daughters of her friend Karolina, who perished during the Holocaust She had made [...]

    Lori
    I was a giveaway winner of Karolina s Twins I have an advanced readers edition This is a very well written book I found myself reluctant to put it down Karolina s Twins Starts with the Holocaust survivor Lena Woodward in present day She is in her late 80s She hires a lawyer and a private investigator to help find her friend Karolina s twins that were born during the Holocaust They had to make a quick decision to save the babies during this horrible time Now Lena wants he lawyer and investigator [...]

    Bonnye Reed
    GNAB I received a free electronic ARC of this novel from Netgalley, Ronald H Balson, and St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review Thank you all, for sharing your work with me.Lena Woodward is an elderly, widowed Polish holocaust survivor 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, husba [...]

    Monica
    This novel was like eating a bag of potato chips where you can t stop eating them I couldn t stop reading it Lena Woodward, a holocaust survivor asks Catherine and Liam Taggart to help her find two twins that her best friend lost during the war Part of the novel is Lena telling her story of what happened to her during the war It flashes back in time to Poland in the late 1930s and early 1940s She is Jewish and from a influential and wealthy family Her best friend Karolina has been like a sister [...]

    Lynne
    Just when I think I ve read every aspect of the holocaust, another one comes along This is set in current times in Chicago with a survivor telling a lawyer and private investigator her story Storytelling switches back and forth between holocaust times and present times The holocaust aspect was very compelling The lawyer present time was written weaker without as much depth Still, the overall experience was worth the read Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

    Holly
    3.5 stars.This book almost entirely focuses on Lena s story of her life as a Jewish Polish woman during the Nazi occupation That part of the story is very enthralling and during the breaks from that narrative where it goes back to present day , I found myself wishing those breaks were not part of the book didn t as they weren t nearly as interesting Also, I wish this was told from a first person narrative flashback instead of kind of passively being told via a conversation.I still enjoyed the fi [...]

    Liz
    This book didn t really grab me at the beginning It starts from the standpoint of an elderly woman talking to a lawyer and PI about finding children lost during WWII It treads over familiar territory of Jews in Poland without bringing anything new to the table As the plot progresses, my interest picked up somewhat as the book details the Polish Secret Army The problem is that for some reason, Lena s telling of her story is flat I found it difficult to connect Maybe because her story is relayed t [...]

    Lynn
    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 At the beginning, we re presented with Cat, a lawyer, Liam, her husband who does inspections,, and Lena, an 89 year woman The story unfolds from there.I read this EARC courtesy of St Martin s Press and Edelweiss Pub date 09 06 16

    Shomeret
    Karolina s Twins by Ronald Balson is a different sort of Holocaust novel It is a contemporary historical legal thriller It is also the third in a series dealing with the cases of private investigator Liam Taggart and lawyer Catherine Lockhart It centers on locating a pair of twins who have been missing since WWII I received a request to review this book through the publisher and downloaded it from Net Galley in return for this honest review.Lena Woodward, the fictional client in Karolina s Twins [...]

    Beth
    This story is entirely implausible Maybe I just know too much about WWII history and the Holocaust, but the fact the twins were still alive and knew they had the same mother seventy years later is ridiculous The author relates Holocaust history to the reader as if we knew absolutely nothing about it, and the protagonist Lena seems to be a real intellect about Cold War governments in the Eastern Bloc Throw in the simpering relationship between the attorney and her investigator husband, and you ve [...]

    Daniella
    The amount of 5 star reviews this has received makes me question the education of our masses While dealing with heavy subject matter, the writing is so flat I felt like I was reading a high school history paper I feel this subject has been covered in a much richer and fulfilling manner by many others, and although it s based on a true story it just never grabbed me I d be interested in reading an autobiography of the woman this is based on than this drivel.

    Sarah
    How could anyone today hope to find what happened to two infants, twin girls, who vanished somewhere in Nazi occupied Poland It seems an impossible task Chicago lawyer Catherine Lockhart and her husband, private detective Liam Taggart, have a reputation for solving mysteries from the WWII era, which is why Lena Woodward, an elderly widow and Holocaust survivor, asks them to help her Lena intends to keep a promise she made long ago to find her friend Karolina s long lost twins She was my dear, de [...]

    Ruthie
    This is a fictionalized account of the true story of a survivor named Fay, and that is why it rates 4 stars vs 3 I applaud the author for bringing the heroic story of Fay to life If this had been purely fictional I would have worried about the lackluster writing and telling vs showing style that I really do not enjoy The author had to respect the genesis of the story and use factual information and details and that may have led to the flatness as other reviewers have noted of the writing.The au [...]

    Mandy Wultsch
    This book has two parallel story lines one set in World War II and a contemporary one The older one is where most of the action takes place and, to me at least, is the interesting one The two are connected by the presence of one of the characters.The World War II part of the story is told as the remembrances of one woman I read the modern parts of the story impatiently, wanting to get back to World War II and all the action It is a story of survival and loss, but hope, also.Some parts of this b [...]

    Linda Zagon
    I enjoyed reading Karolina s Twins by Ronald H Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers And Saving Sophie The genre of this book is Historical Fiction The fictional story is the retelling of the Holocaust and life in Poland,by Lena, one of the characters Lena wants to hire Liam Taggart private investigator and Catherine Lockhart, attorney to help with the discovery of past secrets Lena is now in her eighties, and is determined to put her mind at ease The author writes about hope, faith, strength, [...]

    Amy Bruno
    Loved, loved, loved Full review to come

    Debbi
    Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy One fine day a lovely elderly woman walks into the law office of Caroline Lockhart and her private investigator, Liam Taggert The woman, Lena Woodward is a holocaust survivor, and she needs help to keep a promise she made during the war to her closest friend She s never mentioned the secret to anyone, but it s weighed on her, and now she needs to find something so she can keep her promise Along the way Lena and Caroline have to deal with Lena s greedy [...]

    Lindsey
    DNF The writing style and structure of this novel were very poorly done A good storyteller doesn t tell the reader a story, he shows the reader a story I m the type of reader who creates vivid images of the words, scenes, and people I m reading about For the 80 or so pages I read, my image was of an old woman sitting in a law office telling two people about her WWII experience It s one thing to have a story narrated by a character in first person it s another thing entirely to have a character w [...]

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