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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 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.

©2015 Cathy Gohlke (P)2015 Recorded Books

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What happened the last 28 minutes???

Really loved this audiobook, that is, until the very last chapter when the author got super preachy, and started talking about the power of God and forgiveness. WHY? It certainly did not add anything to the story. Up to the end, I was so into listening, and saw this story as a unique perspective on World War I. As for the telling of it, both performers did a phenomenal job of bringing their characters to life. Would probably recommend, but would also forewarn listeners about the author suddenly throwing in the religious aspect.

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Couldn't put it down

My duties at work and home were "placed on the back burner" while I finished this story. I would recommend it highly.

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  • Lynn
  • Montgomery, IN, United States
  • 02-03-16

Treasured

This will be one of my treasured books I've ever listened too....was hoping to listen to another one of her books but I guess it's not out on audible yet...anxious awaiting!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing WWII Historical Fiction! Must Read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets She Kept?

The whole telling of being in the concentration camps left me in awe and shock. I was teary eyed more than a few times. I also loved the angle of this book. Historical fiction, mainly WWII, is a favorite genre of mine. I have never read/listened to a book that focused on a daughter of a high ranking Nazi member. It was a different point of view that I was definitely entrenched by.

What does Morgan Hallett and Suzy Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved Lieselotta's voice. The narration was perfect.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stolen Lives

Any additional comments?

I do agree that it was very odd at the end how religious the book became, definitely should cut that out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Compelling story.

I loved the story line and especially loved how they the author incorporated the Corrie Ten Boone story some what.

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  • Miller
  • Reisterstown, MD, United States
  • 03-31-17

Best book in a long time.

This is the best book I have listened to in a very long time. I felt every emotion a person can, not just happy or sad but anger, frustration, rage, joy and love to name a few. A story told from another point of view, a story of how it really was in Germany at that time. I never write reviews, just rate them. But I had to write this one.

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Highly recommend

Excellent story, I couldn't put down! The narrator gave a touching performance leading us on Hannah's journey to discover her past. A woman's quest to understand her recently departed mother. A trip to Germany reveals her family's part in WWII in Nazi Germany. Added this book to my favorite list and I can't wait to see what other novels Cathy has to offer.

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Best book in a while!

I very much enjoyed this book. Kept me interested the entire way! Great writing. Taking us to know the feelings and experiences without the shock effect. Wasn't necessary at all yet the point came across. Great performance. Loved every minute of listening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great WW II story

Loved this book - WWII, politics versus family and the aftermath of the war. Excellent read and a surprise ending.

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Great Book....loved the story

I love this book...I loved the back and forth in time. Usually I get upset when I switch like that because Im usually more intrigued by one story over the other but I was eagerly awaiting each angle and time period abd what was happening next.

I love how you really got the feel of what happened to many after the war.

This book is a bit religious if that's not your thing it is still such a wonderful story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful