“This page-turner from a talented new writer deserves a place on every historical fiction-lover’s bedside table.”
Kathy Leonard Czepiel, author of A Violet Season
“A sophisticated Sherlock Holmes-like story illumines a dangerous time in European history with exquisite, genuine detail.” Foreword Reviews
A story of loss and reconciliation in a shattered world coming to terms with war and its aftermath.
It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year old daughter Amalia. Her job typing forms at the Collecting Point for the US Army’s Monuments Men is the only thing keeping her afloat. Charged with securing Nazi-looted art and rebuilding Germany’s monuments, the Americans are on the hunt for stolen treasures. But after the horrors of the war, Anna wants only to hide from the truth and rebuild a life with her family. When the easy-going American Captain Henry Cooper recruits her as his reluctant translator, the two of them stumble on a mysterious stash of art in a villa outside of town. Cooper’s penchant for breaking the rules capsizes Anna’s tenuous security and propels her into a search for elusive truth and justice in a world where everyone is hiding something. Forced to make a choice, Anna risks what little she has left as she confronts her past and finds the path toward her salvation.