Secrets She Kept

Cathy Gohlke


Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-1-910012-93-2
Publication Date: 30/09/2020

An epic story of uncovering the past, its impact on the present and the journey to forgiveness

In a small, North Carolina mountain town in the 1970s, Hannah Sterling struggles with forgiveness after her mother, Lieselotte’s, death. Thirty years earlier, in Berlin, on the cusp of war, Lieselotte’s father quickly ascends the Nazi Party ranks, and Lieselotte’s in love – with the wrong man. As their stories unfold, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.

Discovering letters from a mystery address among her late mother’s belongings, Hannah Sterling is propelled on a journey of discovery that begins in a small, North Carolina mountain town and ends in the streets of Berlin, still haunted by memories of the war. Longing for connection and understanding that she never knew, Hannah determines to unlock the mysteries of her mother’s past – and the wartime secrets of her estranged German grandfather.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and an auspicious marriage for his daughter could help advance his career – but her beloved Lukas is far from an ideal match as he secretly works against the Reich. How far will a father go to ensure his daughter’s cooperation?

Struggling with questions of forgiveness and 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.

What people are saying

This well-researched epic depicts life under the Nazi regime with passionate attention. While the Sterling family story serves as a warning about digging into the past, it is also a touching example of the healing power of forgiveness and the rejuvenating power of faith.

Publishers Weekly

Gohlke takes the reader on a compelling journey, complete with mystery and drama. She weaves in real stories from Ravensbrück, making this drama one that will be difficult to forget. It is well researched, and the multilayered characters demonstrate the power of love and sacrifice.

Romantic Times

TOP PICK REVIEW. Gripping … emotional … masterfully told, this is an unforgettable tale of finding family, faith and love.

Radiant Lit

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About the author

Cathy Gohlke
Cathy Gohlke

Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the critically acclaimed novels The Medallion, Until We Find Home, Secrets She Kept, (Christy, Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name (Christy Award), and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Christy Award), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award and was listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008.

Cathy’s writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul, in My Turn to Care – Affirmations for Caregivers of Aging Parents, in newspapers, magazines, and in plays and monologues produced on local stages.

When not travelling to historic sites for research, she, her husband and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore.

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