Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: John Solo
Years ago, Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died and left him everything, including a photo album containing pictures of the art collection she left behind when her family fled the Nazis. Now, Dieter is calling on the services of a lawyer, Gerald Young, to determine whether his family’s legacy might be returned to him.
Gerald doesn’t hold out much hope that the paintings will be returned, but Dieter’s earnestness speaks to him and he agrees to help. At first he concludes that while Dieter has a case, suing in Austria isn’t practical. But Gerald is a good lawyer, and as his feelings for Dieter develop, so does his determination to win the case. Together, Gerald and Dieter navigate research, hearings, and a dysfunctional family in the pursuit of fine art—and discover the art of love along the way.
This was a great story of both romance and adventure as Dieter Krumpf discovers that the famous Woman in Blue painting, hanging in a museum in Austria, might be the original commissioned by his great grandmother to give to his great grandfather. It was seized by the Nazis and then later by the Austrian government where it hangs in their museum today.
Dieter hires an attorney, Gerald Young, on the advice of a family friend who deals in antiques and he’s impressed by more than Gerald’s mind. It’s actually a very sweet romance that takes place over the course of the story. I was impressed by the depth of the research the author must have done for this story and the intricate details of the trail of ownership presented, including the legalities of attempting to get the painting back to its now rightful owner who happens to be a US citizen.
I generally enjoy Andrew Grey novels but this one is right up there with the best. Add in the narration from John Solo who provided a variety of vocalizations, making the audiobook easy to follow, and it’s one I definitely recommend.