At the end of the school year, Issy Schmidt travels alongside her two sisters to Crete with her mother, Mary, and stepdad, Jonas. While vacationing in paradise, they encounter Rosa and Michael, a couple from Mary’s past in New Zealand, and Issy finds herself most taken by their son, Will. After strong familial disputes and an irrevocable betrayal destroy the peace of the holiday, both families split, causing a chasm between young new lovers. Back in Berlin, Issy and her sisters commence the second half of their summer with their father and stepmother. Though their mother is not present on the German island of Norderney, Issy learns much about Mary’s past. Disheartened at her mother’s announcement of marital woes, the girls return home at once, only to simmer before more tragedy and the arrival of woes.
Shavana was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand but moved to Berlin in her teenage years, where she continues to live with her two beautiful children and her husband. She is passionate about writing, cooking and travelling. ‘Berlin Baby’ is her first novel and will be one in a series of books about Issy Schmidt and her mother, Mary.
This is an exceptionally well written book. You will not stop reading it and it tells you a lot about human life. I would highly recommend this. Amazing writing style, touching story, breathtaking parts!
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