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A young German woman moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956 to start a new life. She takes a new name - Charlotte Brown - and lands the job of her dreams at the National Gallery. But London is a city still rising from the ruins of the war, and Charlotte encounters ruthless individuals who are set on rising with it.

Out of her depth in a world of aristocratic
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 27th 2016 by Silvertail Books
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Claire
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing story about a German woman, Eva Schlessinger. As a young woman she takes Swiss nationality through her mother and changes her name to Charlotte Brown. Following her History of Art degree, she takes a job at the National Gallery and moves to London. The book begins as Charlotte is offered a new job by Bernard Morris, running his new Bernard Morris Gallery in Mayfair.

From the blurb, I had expected a mystery or thriller but Blue Skies Over Berlin is a much slower-paced story.
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Emi Bevacqua
Charlotte Brown has crafted a new life for herself in London's art world, upon burying her German origins as Eva Schlessinger within her deepest sub-conscious. I like the line "your past will never truly leave you" that's written on the cover, and wish the main theme had stuck more to that and not gotten so diluted with minor subplots, inconsequential characters, and cinematic action scenes. I didn't understand or appreciate how inexplicably poorly Charlotte and also her benefactor Bernard were ...more
Johanna Salem
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I am writing this review because I respect the authors shift into the literary world and there are no reviews here so please pardon its lack of eloquence.

I enjoyed this book for its very straightforward way of narration. The author clearly and simply develops the main character, Charolette Brown, from a naive, superficial girl to a woman whose slow understanding of the world stimulates empathy for her. I'm not sure any of the characters are particularly endearing (besides Bernard and maybe
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