• Coming September 2015

    Secrets She Kept

    The secret a mother was forbidden to share . . . the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt.

    All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

    Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father, ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, demands a marriage for his daughter to help advance his career.  But Lieselotte is in love—and her beloved Lukas secretly works against the Reich. How far will her father go to achieve his goal?

    Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who hides wartime 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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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 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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Author Cathy Gohlke