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About the Book
St. Martin's Press
September 6, 2016
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.
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.
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.