Cate is a runner. She prefers to help her fiancé run his New York senate race, but she finds herself running instead to fix what’s broken between her grandparents before he finds out—her grandmother has moved out of the family home, and her grandfather is accused of a pre-WWII relationship with a woman in Germany.
Dietrich is a German journalist with a spotless reputation. He prefers facts, but he finds himself lost in a world of fiction instead to prove his novelist grandmother couldn’t possibly have been the lover of a US runner in Berlin’s 1936 Olympics—especially when that runner’s granddaughter is Cate, a stubborn obstacle he should but can’t ignore.
Cate runs hard to cover up what Dietrich uncovers, until he shows her how it could have been—and how it could be again—that one can indeed love an enemy.
This mesmerizing period piece is perfect for historical fiction fans, romance fans, WWII aficionados and anyone who enjoys a tangled mystery and that describes me to a T. I liked everything about this book, including this author’s writing style because much of the story is revealed through innuendo while both of Cate’s grandparents meet her questions with cryptic comments and odd behavior that I found just as confusing and infuriating as she did. As Cate struggles to understand the combative relationship between her grandparents she has to deal with the continuous intrusion of an inquisitive German stranger and a fiancé who is obsessed with appearances. This multi-generational family drama engaged my imagination as well as my emotions and I highly recommend it. I read a complimentary copy of this book provided by NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.