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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
2016 Carol Award Winner! (Historical category)
All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselottes death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mothers mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.
Thirty years earlier, Lieselottes 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 lovebut 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 Hannahs and Lieselottes 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 familys tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.
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HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5surprising endingFebruary 15, 2017HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book has stuck with me since I finished it. It is written about a German girl growing up in Hitler's Germany. I was horrified at the way people turned on the Jews and looked down on them and the atrocities committed. And how people were afraid even in the 1970s to admit they were Jews. I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to find out what would happen. Truly an amazing book
I received free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
CherylAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully toldJuly 13, 2016CherylAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Secrets She Kept, by Cathy Gohlke, tells two-fold stories that intertwine mystery, history, and so much more. Hannah Sterling examines the past, to learn more about Lieselotte, her mother, after her death. She mourns what never was, more than what she had lost. In her passionate quest, Hannah finds much more than imaginable when she uncovers secrets long buried in the past.
Theres no wonder that this won the 2016 Christy Award. Its a well-written, heart-tugging, memorable read. The cover caught my eye, the narratives gripped my interest, and the story touched my soul.
Stories that center on mother and daughter relationships always draw me in. I love the special dynamic in this type of relationship. Whether strained, broken, or on the right path, mothers and daughters own a special bond that is nearly indescribable. Dual-time period stories also captivate me, especially when the WWII era is included. With all that said, its no wonder I was easily engrossed in this book.
I ripped a sheet of notebook paper from my school binder and scribbled at the top: Understanding Mama. Moving Forward. These two things encompassed my goal. Everything else fell in between. ~Quote from Secrets She Kept
The author does a fabulous job of seamlessly weaving the old (1940s) and more recent (1970s) together. The transitions in chapters are smooth and both the womens stories are compelling and memorable. I was especially rapt by Lieselottes account.
Through this story, filled with suspense, love, historical atrocities, and faith, I experienced a long list of emotions. I appreciate the research and dedication the author infused in this book, and the way she delivered its underlying message.
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
First Line: A summons to the principals office had the same effect on me at twenty-seven as it did when I was seven, and seventeen.
I received a review copy from TBCN.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Incredible Story!May 18, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Some books I read for pure enjoyment, some for a laugh or a sigh-worthy romance; I will pick up non-fiction on occasion because I want to know more about a particular subject or time period. I have read a lot about WWII, both fiction and straight history, so I wanted to see how the author would approach this story about wartime choices and how a family might change, given those decisions. But I was completely unprepared for this incredibly powerful and moving story of how our choices shape us into the people we are and how it affects the people around us, even generations later. It is an absolutely stunning piece of fiction with very realistic characters, situations, and even applications for those reading the book.
This is a time-slip novel, where two separate timelines told by different people form a complete story told together. In this case, the reader follows mother Liselotte in WWII Germany and daughter Hannah in 1970s U. S., and later in Germany as she tries to find out who her mother was and what shaped who she became. The nice thing about this type of novel is that we get to know the full story from multiple perspectives, but we are also limited to what the character telling us knows. It makes for a mysterious and compelling story.
But it is a story for adultsdue to the subject matter that pulls few punches, while I highly recommend this novel, I caution it is not for children or any but the most mature of older teens. The last third of this book is horrific and excruciating, in both time periods. I often wondered how much more the characters could take, how much more I as the reader could endureI found I was completely unprepared for the direction this story took. But then as if speaking directly to me, one of the characters said that hearing of the atrocities was nothing compared with the living of them.
In a book about wartime Germany, I didnt expect a happy ending exactly, but along with Hannah, I was shocked at the way different scenes played out. It is realism taken to another level. I didnt have to suspend disbelief in this novel, I could see everything happening just as it was written on the page even though it wasnt how I had envisioned it myself. There are absolutely no easy answers in this novel. Questions about what was done and whether it was right, about who survived and why, even some motivations remain a mystery, though other characters guess at it a few times.
In stark ways, the reader sees how painting an entire group of people with the same brush can be extraordinarily dangerous, whether it is the persecution of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany or the prejudice against anyone with a Germanic accent in post-war America. And the lessons in this book arent just for the charactersI defy anyone who reads it to be the same person they were before reading it. This powerful novel changed how I look at my own parents, my children, my husband, my home and even the flawed but free country I live in.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Secrets She KeptMay 17, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke is an amazingly inspirational story. The plot captivates attention from the first chapter. The stories of Hannah Sterling (1970s) and her mother, Lieselotte Sommer (late 1930s) alternately unfold to the reader throughout the book. Their mother/daughter relationship had always been strained and difficult, and with her mothers death, Hannah longs to solve the mystery of her mother and to find out why her parents relationship was less than loving. Just at the time that Hannah is persuaded to take time off from teaching to work through her grief, she is shocked to find out that her maternal grandfather is still alive in Germany.
Hannah travels to Berlin to meet her grandfather who has secrets of his own concerning the war. What she learns shakes her to the core. Her journey to discover her mothers past reveals a far different woman than she knew as her mother. She also learns the truth about her own father and his family. She finds answers to the questions that she has had all of her life.
Through a new German friend she receives assistance to put together the pieces in the puzzle of her mothers life and to somehow continue on her own path. Through this friend she encounters Corrie ten Boom whose life in Christ healed her past and enabled her to forgive the atrocities of the Holocaust. This touching story presents the message of atonement and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book that will enlighten and uplift as well as intrigue the reader. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Hardest of All - ForgivenessMarch 30, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an emotional book, from beginning to end, and the worst of it, is that it could all be true. What a horrible time for mankind, and although part of the book takes place in the 1970s, we spend a lot of time in Hitlers Germany.
When the book opens you never expect all that is about to happen, and Hannahs Aunt is really not forth coming with any information. So when she opens a strong box and finds letters from Germany, she is about to open a way to family, and horror.
I will tell you that once I started reading this, I could not put it down, it is an amazing story, and one everyone needs to remember. Hannahs worlds are about to collide in answering a lot of questions about her parents, and why Lieselotte, her mother, was rather distant with her. I would never imagine!
With all the secrets, that make her sick, she has to deal with the hardest of all, Forgiveness. I loved the author putting one of my most admired woman in this story, and knew that parts of this is really a true story, so in the end this is fiction based on fact.
How did people fall under the spell of that monster, and yet it happens as history starts to repeat itself, and in the name of religion.
A must read, and a story that will linger with you for a long time.
I received this book through Net Galley and Tyndale House Publisher, and was not required to give a positive review.
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