Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Release Date: September 2015

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4964-0080-2

Genre: Fiction/Christian/Historical

Hannah Sterling has always wished for a relationship with her mother. When death closes that door, Hannah is determined to unlock those secrets of her mother, Lieselotte’s, past. Why was her mother the way she had always known her? She then learns that she has a grandfather who still lives in Germany.

Meanwhile, thirty years earlier, Hitler is rising to power and Lieselotte’s father is climbing the Nazi ranks. A proper marriage for his only daughter could help him advance in his career. What happens when Lieselotte is in love with a man who is secretly working against the Reich making it far from an ideal match? Exactly how far is her father willing to go to ensure that she cooperates and how will their actions echo through generations?

When Hannah goes to Berlin to visit her grandfather, both stories are uncovered. She also learns that her grandfather has wartime secrets of his own. Longing for connection with her family yet is shaken by the things that she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past…and how their legacy will shape her future.

Cathy Gohlke has a talent for storytelling and her research was thoroughly done. Secrets She Kept is engaging and powerful. It is a story that is crying out to be told and is a must-read. You may know about the Holocaust, but there’s more to what occurred during World War II than many realize. Be prepared to walk through some concentration camps and to cry, but also for rejoicing because it is a story of forgiveness. Don’t miss out on this one!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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 About Cathy Gohlke

Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept, Saving AmelieBand 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 byLibrary 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 the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and granddaughter. Visit her website at

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