Secrets She Kept

secrets she kept


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.

Cathy Gohlke’s newest novel Secrets She Kept is riveting. There is just something about this book that will stay with me a long time. I had never read a book by Gohlke before but I will let her books slip by anymore.

Hannah and Lieselotte both had such amazing depth. Hannah always felt her mother was distant and didn’t care about her. But when she travels to Germany to discover her long lost grandfather the truth comes out.

This is not an easy story. There are so many parts that are raw and yet so hopeful. I usually don’t care for stories that bounce back in forth between two stories, but for some reason this one just worked. It was so well done.

I really don’t want to go into the book and give anything away. This is a book that needs to unfold on its own to everyone who reads it. I really can’t wait to read more by Cathy Gohlke and I am so glad I discovered her.

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496400801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496400802

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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2 Responses to Secrets She Kept

  1. Cathy Gohlke says:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Secrets She Kept. I’m thrilled that the story riveted you to the page as the family’s secrets unfolded. It felt that way for me as I wrote it–each day new clues came to light. God bless!

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