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Secrets She Kept

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Secrets She Kept
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Secrets She Kept

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2016 Christy Award Winner! (Historical novel category)
2016 Carol Award Winner! (Historical category)

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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2016 Christy Award Winner! (Historical novel category)
2016 Carol Award Winner! (Historical category)

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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Meet the Author

Cathy Gohlke

CATHY GOHLKE has had her writing featured in the books Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul and My Turn to Care: Affirmations for Caregivers of Aging Parents, as well as in magazines like Woman's World. Cathy lives in Elkton, Maryland with her husband.

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5 stars By Iola, Jan 29 2016
I was a little apprehensive about reading Secrets She Kept, because I was one of the three judges who awarded Cathy Gohlke the 2015 Inspy Award for General Fiction, for her novel Saving Amelie. After reading a book as good as Saving Amelie, I'm always a little worried that the author's next book won't meet the high expectations set by the earlier title.

Well, Secrets She Kept blew Saving Amelie out of the water. Yes, it was that good. Goosebump good. 

It's a split timeline story-the modern story is set in 1972, where Hannah Sterling's mother has just died, and Hannah finds her mother was never entirely honest with her. For starters, Lieselotte wasn't Austrian . . . No. She was German, living in Germany during the rise of Hitler and during World War II. The past story is Lieselotte's, during those life-changing war years. It's not a happy story, but as we journey with both Hannah and Lieselotte, we discover what made Lieselotte the distant mother she was: the secrets she kept. 

The writing, the research, the characters, the plot-all were outstanding, and it's one of the few split timeline stories I've read where the past and the present stories were equally compelling. Recommended. 

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 432649
  • Product Code 9781496409836
  • ISBN 1496409833
  • EAN 9781496409836
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Tyndale House
  • Publication Date Aug 2015
  • Sales Rank #74012
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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