Karolina's Twins (Hardcover)

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We are only part of the way through Ron Balson's latest book and loving it every bit as much asOnce We Were Brothers. That is a tall order to fulfill - we know!  Lena Woodward has lived a comfortable life in Chicago after immigrating from Poland.  To keep a promise made to her childhood friend Karolina 60 years ago, she seeks the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart.  (In reference to Once We Were Brothers, Lena insists that they are the only two people who can help her find Karolina's girls because Ben Solomon told her what they have done for him.)  After hearing Lena's wartime story, Catherine and Liam agree to help. This is the story of friendship, love, survival and resilience during the darkest days of World War II. 

— Marla Alexander


In the tradition of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and Lilac Girls, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise, from Ronald H. Balson, author of the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

Readers who crave more books like Balson s Once We Were Brothers and Kristin Hannah's bestselling The Nightingale will be enthralled by Karolina's Twins. Booklist (starred review)

"A heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant story." Chicago Tribune

She made a promise in desperation
Now it's time to keep it

Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried.

Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena's stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why?

Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share.

Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina's Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond.

About the Author

RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. He is also the author of Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250098375
ISBN-10: 1250098378
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart