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A city divided.

When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta.

Two sisters torn apart.

Karin and Jutta lead parallel lives for years, cut off by the Wall. But Karin finds one reason to keep going: Otto, the man who gives her hope, even amidst the brutal East German regime.

One impossible choice...

When Jutta finds a hidden way through the wall, the twins are reunited. But the Stasi have eyes everywhere, and soon Karin is faced with a terrible decision: to flee to the West and be with her sister, or sacrifice it all to follow her heart?

From the USA Today and internationally best-selling WWII novelist of The German Midwife, The Secret Messenger and The Berlin Girl comes a story set at the dawn of the Cold War in Berlin. 

©2021 Mandy Robotham (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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“A poignant, tender story of families and sisters divided by the cruelty of political chance - my heart ached for them on every page." (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network)

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  • 17-07-21

Loved it!!

I loved everything about this book: the story, the characters, the author, the narrator. I’m always drawn to WW2 stories but I’ve never read about life during divided Berlin. This is a great way to dig into history.

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  • 08-08-21

Great story

The narrators were good so it made the book very enjoyable. The story was really good. At times I was nervous and scared for the characters. I can't imagine being separated like that. It was a good book and I would recommend this to anyone.

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