• Coming January 2018

    Until We Find Home

    Reconnaissance, smuggling, resistance—words so romantic in fiction, impossible and dangerous in life.

    For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the novels she hopes to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.

    With nowhere to go and desperate to return to the man she loves, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, who, struggling with grief of her own, reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire remains in England to help. But Claire’s tumultuous upbringing―spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends―never prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder at the grand estate, challenges her notions of love.

    Nor did she imagine how the tentacles of war would invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home, and risk the only family she’s ever known.

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A Note From Cathy

Every story begins with a journey.  Sharing that journey is twice the joy.

Until We Find Home was conceived as I watched news reports of young refugees flee gangs in Mexico to cross United States borders, and growing worldwide reports of refugees, particularly children, who suffer under oppressive regimes.

I looked for a moment in history to tell their story as I wish it could play out. I didn’t have to look far. The Kindertransport of 1938-1940, brought 10,000 predominantly Jewish children to Great Britain for refuge from Nazi oppression. But what happened when those children entered countries of refuge? Were they welcomed, wanted? What role might we play in the world’s similar need today?

Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home portrays life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

Reviews for Until We Find Home . . . 

    “Based on the author’s own interviews with Holocaust survivors and the gentiles who risked their own lives to rescue them, Christy Award winner Gohlke’s (Secrets She Kept) powerful historical novel features a suspenseful and heart-wrenching plot and unforgettable characters.”–Library Journal, Starred Review*

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!

“Cathy Gohlke’s Secrets She Kept is a page-turner with great pacing and style. She’s a terrific writer.” –Francine Rivers

 

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*****

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Author Cathy Gohlke