Friday, July 1, 2016

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career. Lieselotte is in love―but her beloved Lukas is far from an ideal match, as he secretly works against the Reich. Yet Lieselotte never imagined how far her father would go to ensure her cooperation.

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who is hiding wartimes secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.

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Cathy GohlkeBiography

Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award.
Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and their home on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland. Visit her website at

Here is what I thought.......
  I LOVED this book. It was such an emotional read. I found myself near tears several times while reading. WWII era is my favorite time period to read about. I think this might be one of my most favorite in this time period. This book had the perfect blend of mystery, romance and emotion. I found myself staying up at night to read because I couldn't put it down. Cathy's writing style is brilliant! I was drawn in very quickly and didn't want it to stop. I will say the ending surprised me. I totally thought she was going a different direction than she did. This was a fabulous read and I have already added more of Cathy's work to my to read list. I was blessed with a copy of this book from the publisher and TBCN in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required.

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