Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson - 379 pages
Book Blurb: FromNazi-occupied Poland to a Chicago courtroom Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Solomon urges attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that Otto Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has he accused the right man? Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family that struggles to survive in war-torn Poland. It is also the story of a young lawyer who must face not only a powerful adversary, but her own self-doubts. Two lives, two worlds and sixty years all on course to collide in a fast-paced legal thriller. The author, Ronald H. Balson, is a Chicago trial attorney and educator. His practice has taken him to international venues, including small villages in Poland, which have inspired this novel.
My Review: 5 stars
Holy sleepless nights batman! I couldn’t put this book down. Elegant, smooth prose, phenomenal story line mixed with a deep connection to the main characters left me sleepless. I can’t get over the historic detail that was s0 effortlessly added into this legal thriller and holocaust nightmare. This story is a constant reminder of the importance of tolerance and acceptance. It’s also a beautiful love story at heart. Family, determination, hard-work, allegiance and honor are predominant themes throughout the story. Chicago setting was perfect and I so look forward to the next novel by this author. Highly recommend!
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