Karolina's Twins

Karolina's Twins

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"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. "-- Provided by publisher.
"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 more 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 more, both Lena and Catherine begin to cherish the dogged ties that bind not only families and children, but the entirety of mankind"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250098375
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm


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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 16, 2018

Based on the experiences of a holocaust survivor, even the fictional aspects ring true. The writing is stilted but this book is worth reading for the suspenseful plot and historical significance.

Jul 16, 2017

Good story.

MissLauraStorytime Feb 06, 2017

The story told by Karolina's Twins is based on real events shared with the author, more proof that truth is stranger than fiction. Childhood friends Lena and Karolina have their lives shattered by the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland, but even in the midst of so much evil and destruction, goodness lives and lives are saved. The question is, were the lives of Karolina's twins saved, and where are they now? This is what Lena asks Catherine, an attorney, and Liam, a private investigator, to find out. Moving back and forth between the war and the present day, the story will take you on a journey that you want to end happily for everyone, and especially for the twins.

Dec 14, 2016

Another good holocaust mystery solved in the Liam and Catherine series. I enjoy this modern day duo who help elderly holocaust survivors in books 1 and 3. The majority of the book is 89 yr old Lena telling her story of survival in Chrzanów, Poland. I never tire of reading about the bravery and strength of spirit of so many who endured WWII. Balson comes up with unique stories based on fact. A good read.


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