by Liz Tolsma (Goodreads Author)
Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with h…more
Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”
Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella's daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.
In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever. [close]
by Charlotte Link
"This phenomenal, multilayered mystery offers plenty of psychological…more
"This phenomenal, multilayered mystery offers plenty of psychological intrigue and suspense. Fans of psychological thrillers and dark mysteries will love this engrossing novel.” - Library Journal
Carla Roberts lives alone in the top of a highrise building, frightened by the sound of the lift stopping and opening on her floor, with nobody getting out. Days later, she’s found brutally murdered. Meanwhile, Samson Segal, an unemployed thirty-something, has taken to spying on his neighbors, particularly the beautiful and successful Gillian Ward. When Gillian’s daughter comes home to an empty, locked house, Samson takes her in but finds himself venting his anger in his diary when his good Samaritan actions go unappreciated, unaware that his diary is not as secret as he thinks it is. When Gillian’s husband is then murdered in his own home, Samson comes under intense scrutiny, but the only man making any progress on the case is the one who shouldn’t be working on it. Yet he’s the only one who believes Samson is innocent . . . [close]
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