A Note From Cathy
Every story begins with a journey. Sharing that journey is twice the joy.
Secrets She Kept was conceived while researching WWII and touring Germany. I learned that the war bred many deep secrets in families—secrets of good deeds unrewarded and secrets of evil deeds never discovered.
But I wondered, how did Holocaust survivors reclaim their lives and live beyond the tragedies of the war when anti-Semitism still existed? How did perpetrators and their families live with the horrors they’d inflicted? Were they sorry for what they’d done? Did they confess or try in any way to redeem the wrongs they’d committed? Those questions made me ask, too, how do we confront the far-reaching consequences of our actions or those of family members? Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian, who, with her sister, father and many family members, helped Jews escape Nazi persecution during the war, inspired the answer in her book, The Hiding Place.
Reviews for Secrets She Kept . . .
“Told from both Hannah’s viewpoint and that of her mother as a young woman, 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 Ravensbruk, 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, 4 and a half stars. Top Pick!
Reviews for Saving Amelie…
“In this compelling and tense novel, Christy Award-winning Gohlke (Band of Sisters; Promise Me This) tells a haunting story of the courageous few who worked tirelessly and at great risk to themselves to save people they did not know, whom they would not see again. Reminiscent of Tatiana de Rosnay’s stirring stories of human compassion and hope, this should appeal to fans of both authors as well as to historical fiction readers.”—Library Journal
“Highly absorbing and mesmerizing novel. . . The historical research is top notch and what Gohlke does with the personalities of her characters is nothing short of brilliant. The events portrayed are difficult to comprehend and yet the reality of the story is spell-binding.”—Readers’ Favorite*****
“Saving Amelie is a moving portrayal of the fortitude and resilience of the human spirit. Gohlke has captured the beauty of sacrifice of those willing to help others in the depths of Nazi Germany. At times both emotional and suspenseful, this is a fantastic novel for those who love both historical fiction and human interest stories.” –Romantic Times ****
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