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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
World War II. Oslo, Vienna, Berlin. Two creatives from different countries, Norwegian pianist Ellen and German violinist Friedrich meet, fall in love, and are nearly torn apart by war. That’s the premise of Vanished in Berlin, the newest novel by author Gry Finsnes. When Friedrich finds that he might be conscripted to fight for his country of birth, he and Ellen come up with a plan to keep him in hiding. When they find that hiding a person is not as easy as they thought, and when Friedrich goes missing, Ellen starts a quest to find her true love that brings her to war-torn Vienna and Berlin.
Historical fiction and romance are two of my very favorite genres, and when they can be combined into one book, well, that suits me even more.
Vanished in Berlin doesn’t disappoint on either front. A sweeping saga that takes us to three major cities during WWII, this book by author Gry Finsnes was a page turner from the beginning. The characters, especially Ellen and Friedrich, are richly drawn and intensely likable. I found myself rooting for them and for their love, and hoping beyond hope that they would make it, even with the seemingly insurmountable circumstances they find themselves in. Vanished in Berlin would appeal to any reader of fiction, historical or not, as well as any reader of romance. When you pick this book up you might want to clear your schedule for at least a while, because you won’t want to put it down. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book by Gry Finsnes and am pleased to highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a fast-paced, exciting romantic read.