Once we were brothers by Ronald H. Balson is a novel with a compelling plot about two boys and a family that struggles to survive in war-torn Poland. It is also the story of a young lawyer who must face not only a powerful adversary, but her own self doubts. Two lives, two worlds and sixty years all on course to collide in a fast paced legal thriller.
The book's premise is extremely compelling, and the shifting events from present-day Chicago to war torn Poland and back create an interesting narrative that makes for a good paced read.
However I was not keen on the character development in the book as I was uable to visualise Ben or Catherine. Also a few incidents in the book were not believable and this left me a little bemused.
The story however is very well researched historically and is an easy and interesting read. I did enjoy this novel and I would have rated it a 3.5 if I could.