A Berlin Love Song Published

11th April 1017 

Reviews of A Berlin Love Song

Sarah’s latest novel was published on 8th April, coinciding with International Romani day.

Love Reading 4 Kids, a website to help choose books for young people, have presented some reviews of Sarah’s latest book ‘A Berlin Love Song.’


In a nutshell: an unusual and unforgettable wartime love story | Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family’s circus, growing up part of a warm, loving family, proud of her heritage and the Romani customs that inform all they do. Max is fascinated by Lili from their first meeting and gradually a friendship develops that turns to love. But this is 1942, and love between a Romani girl and a German boy is forbidden. The fate of the hundreds of thousands of Romani people who lost their lives in the Nazi death camps has been described as ‘the forgotten Holocaust’; Sarah Matthias paints a vivid portrait of the people and the culture Hitler attempted to destroy and succeeds too in making her young heroes Lili and Max living, breathing characters. An enthralling story of love and loss that deserves to be widely read.  Andrea Reece

You can read the full reviews by clicking here.


front-coverSome of the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the book.

Talia Jacobs, age 15 – ‘A soon to be bestseller, there are no words to describe how much I adored this beautiful novel. A haunting, bittersweet story about forbidden love, set in the harsh reality of the Second World War.’

Humaira Kauser, age 19 – ‘A Berlin Love Song is a sweet, heartfelt story that pulls on your heartstrings…. Max and Lili’s love story is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.’

Lucy Minton, age 13 – ‘A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias is a beautiful read, its compelling story intertwined with intrigue and danger and, of course, a bewitching romance.’

Amy Laws, age 15 – ‘A beautiful story- I flew through the pages.’

Izzy Read, age 16 – ‘Story’s like this remind me that war is a tragedy; tearing family’s and lives apart. I recommend this to lovers of Anne Frank’s Diary.’