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Once in Berlin Kindle Edition
It’s 1938 and Europe teeters on the edge of war.
In Berlin, life for Mila Nessian – genius mathematician, billionaire and womaniser – is one long party. A spot of rocket science by day, the Third Reich’s prettiest daughters by night. She knows what they whisper behind their hands – that Germany’s most dazzling mind has nothing but a calculator where her heart should be, a sliver of ice instead of soul. She smirks through yet another boring cocktail party and hopes they’re wrong.
Because what Mila is working on could steer the course of the coming war. The Nazis want her brilliance, British Secret Intelligence wants her silence, and Cecelia – once she has laughed with her, slept with her, sipped champagne on a zeppelin with her and lost her heart to her – Cecelia wants her love.Can she win Mila’s trust and save her from the powers that control both their lives?
Once in Berlin is a sapphic historical romance.
- ASIN : B09VF8PKK2
- Publication date : March 19, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 3649 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 663 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #160,905 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #816 in Lesbian Fiction
- #970 in Lesbian Romance
- #6,636 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Books)
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I would likely be enthralled by Havens describing anything but I was invested in Mila and Cecelia’s world.
My emotions have never mirrored a character’s emotions as much as it did in this book - down to the discomfort & embarrassment of attraction at first sight to the unease of being surrounded by nazi paraphernalia, to the longing to be seen and loved.
I braced myself for heartbreak but even though my emotions went on a journey I was left feeling hopeful.
Will definitely read all Jo Havens novels from now on.
And she is a *very* talented storyteller.
Jo's characters are as alive as any I've seen, bringing the colors and smells of the 1930s to life in a way rarely found in the pages of a romance novel. She takes you to Berlin, inviting you to soak in the life of this most sophisticated of cities, even as you feel the menace and growing evil of the Third Reich on the eve of the Second World War. Events of global importance, milestones of the coming apocalypse, are glimpsed numbly from inside the Nessian's champagne-soaked world of denial. You watch with growing tension, knowing full well what draws closer, as powerless to shake Mila and Jack awake as Cecelia is. Havens will take you to Paris, too, glittering and bright, and she paints a scene that feels obscene and wrong - the story's geniuses fiddling as the fires of global war are lit. She creates a paper-thin veneer of luxury, and you can see the vultures circling outside.
At its core, "Berlin" is a story of true love, through and through. It has everything I love - love at first sight, a hint of possessive ownership, the willingness to sacrifice everything for that person you love more than life itself. And found family, wrapped around your shoulders with a warm blanket.
And at the end of the day, it's a spy thriller, too - and it goes eyebrow-deep in scientific technicalities. Physics, astronomy, math that makes your head spin. Aviation, engineering, espionage - all researched with impenetrable depth. When you add Jo's upmarket literary flair, delivered with effortlessness and modesty, you realize that you have been privileged enough to enjoy a truly exceptional book.
This is an historical romance, a spy thriller, a work of literary fiction thick enough to sink your teeth into and have a hard time pulling them back out.
Unparalleled detail. Skillful buildup of tension. A sweet, heartfelt romantic arc. Prose that's beautiful and singular and avoids obtuseness and self-worship.
The literary world needs more authors like Jo Havens, and more work like Once in Berlin.
Even though I was very sure of the HEA I couldn’t stop reading until I was sure things worked out. Given the historical time it was marvelously descriptive and had me looking at the past political climate we had and are attempting to recreate.
Top reviews from other countries
I felt excitement, fear, sadness, anxiety, happiness and every other human emotion along this journey and I ate it up. Now that it's over I'm feeling a bit exhausted, but in the best way, it's been an adventure. It's one of those stories that you can't quite leave behind when it's over, it will remain a favourite for me, and I'll be reading this book again in the future for certain! I can't wait to read more of Jo Havens' work!
I don’t usually write reviews,but this book took my breath away. Milla is perfection
Any chance for a sequel?
On the brink of Ww2 it's a great insight to the thinking of the upper classes who finally realise what is before them, the story twists and turns keeping you engaged until the last page. The science was fascinating and I admit not completely understandable to us laymen obviously well researched, thank you once again for a book with the well worn phrase that I simply couldn't put it down.
I look forward to more work from this writer.