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Secrets She Kept~Cathy Gohlke~

Secrets She Kept

~Synopsis~

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.

~My Review~

I was so excited about reading this book because I’ve heard so many good things about this novel. Reading WWII fiction has to be one of my favorite genres to read in any case. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed when I FINALLY read this novel.
This would be the first book that I’ve read by this author and I must say that the experience was AMAZING!!!
Secrets She Kept was a mixture of gripping drama,romance,and heart wrenching emotion.
It was very interesting to join Hannah on her journey to discover more about her mother. Both scenes between the past and the present was equally enchanting to read. I was intrigued for the most part and the novel did a really good job of keeping me interested in the story line.

I can truly say that this would be one of those novels that kept me at the edge of my seat anticipating what the end would bring. This novel definitely earns a spot in one of the best books of 2015! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to read a wonderful story and WWII fiction.

*Author*

Cathy Gohlke

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I received this book from NetGalley through Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Thief of Glory~Sigmund Brouwer~

Thief of Glory

~Synopsis~

In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12-year-old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). When Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941, the situation changed swiftly. The Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp-a camp Jeremiah finally escapes and returns to Holland. Yet wartime complications force him to abandon a marriage engagement with Laura Jensen. The young man flees to California, where he struggles with the lingering anger and war stress he faced as a child.

Determined to find some kind of redemption, a now-elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling of all that he does not want to reveal to his children about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone.

An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, it triggers the time bomb of long-buried secrets. Even seventy years later, if uncovered, these secrets can harm everyone who matters to Jeremiah.

~My Review~

I’d never read anything by Sigmund Brouwer before and I’m always willing to read a book by a new author. Though it is very hard for me to step out of my comfort zone of my preferred circle of well-known and beloved authors, I do try to read books from new authors whenever I can.

I liked reading about the main character,Jeremiah Prins,pretty well. Just the way that the author used his voice in the story was really ground-breaking.I was intrigued by both Jeremiah and his mother’s story. It was very interesting to read about.

There was also one part in this book that was so gripping and suspenseful that if more of the story was written like that I think I would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more. I don’t want to spoil it but it was so suspenseful that it actually reminded me of another book I’d read and enjoyed. If anyone has read Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The heroine, Laura, was one of the biggest elements of the story as well but I didn’t really have that connection to her character like I did with the hero for some strange reason. I wish that the author would’ve included her character more in the story. To me, I thought that this story would’ve been more like a love story taking place during the war. It kinda was a love story but it wasn’t what the story was solely built upon.

I think that the book cover was absolutely stunning! I will admit that it was the book cover that drew me into reading this story. The book cover was just so well done. Enough said!

Overall, this was a pretty good read. Though there were some parts of the story that seemed to lag to me. The author wrote about a certain part of  WWII that I didn’t really have an idea about which was something interesting as well. There were also many parts in the story that were absolutely gripping and heart wrenching. The “Thief of Glory”was a pretty good read about a boy growing up in the war times.

My Book Rating: (3.5 stars)

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

~Author Sigmund Brouwer~

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Read chapter one here!

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For Such a Time by Kate Breslin~(I’m very excited about this one!)

For Such a Time

 

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

Book Released: April 1,2014

 

Book Info via: Goodreads

 

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller.

However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness!! I can hardly explain how I’m sooo excited to read this book! My sisters had been pestering me to read the sample on Goodreads and I was kinda putting it off. I have a very bad problem with procrastination by the way. Y’all pray for me! It’s a very bad habit! lol. But anyway, I finally got to read the sample on Goodreads which is a free excerpt (three chapters!) and I was sooo amazed! The first chapter pulled me right into the story!  I just love it when a book has a very exciting and interesting first chapter because then I KNOW it’s going to be a 100% good book most of the time. *sigh* But after reading the last of the excerpt I was eagerly wanting to read it all! I told my sister, I have to buy this book! lol! The characters look interesting and I’m very excited to read the book. I’m really liking the theme with it based off of Queen Esther in the Bible. Queen Esther is like my favorite woman of faith in the Bible! So if you haven’t read it, the first three chapters are available to read on Goodreads! Go check it out! I promise you you’ll want to buy it or something!!  lol! 🙂

 

Happy Reading! 🙂