Friday, January 15, 2016

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke #Review

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany. Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s 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 love—but 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 Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s 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 family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.

MY REVIEW-Secrets She Kept is an interesting book, though somewhat of a dark, wartime story. It jumps back and forth from WWII, to the 1970's. Hannah is a young woman trying to figure out her past and discovers that her mother was keeping many secrets, taking them to the grave. But Hannah is persistent and goes on a journey to Germany, finding a grandfather who is keeping secrets of his own.

I liked the story better when it was dealing with Lieselotte, seeing her fire and what she did to save others. The author does an amazing job at describing the feelings of those who lived in that era, watching the Nazi's destroy the lives of the Jewish people, and wanting to do something about it. It is a story fraught with despair and yet there was a hope there that kept me turning pages. A great story that might have you in tears at points but also happy tears.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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