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The back and forth between two different time periods is my favorite novel structure to read, so that was a good start. One story line follows a girl in 1973, who seeks to understand her recently passed mother, tracking down a grandfather she never knew anything about. The second story line follows her mother through the war years 1943-1945.
What makes this WWII novel different must be due to several things:
1. Many story twists are unlike any I’ve read before-unpredictable.
2. The tension never lets up.
3. The main characters are German Christians who help Jews in hiding. (Usually you have either Jews or Nazi’s – and there’s both of those too, but this angle is new for me)
I could not put this down. It’s been ages since I was compelled to read while I was cooking dinner -and stayed up past midnight 3 nights running because of a book.
I’m a reader. Maybe that makes me harder to please. I’m telling you, this book is stunning. And the underlying truths run deep.
It’s Christian fiction, but that part really only comes to light at the end. And as an added bonus, one of my favorite people from real life makes a cameo appearance . . . I hate to spoil the ending.
Gohlke has not tried to ease the hardship of a Nazi concentration camp, and I appreciated the honesty told through Lieselotte’s eyes. Though this book did draw tears, I think to soften it would be to cheapen the suffering of the many who endured such trials. I absolutely loved how Gohlke drew from Corrie Ten Bloom’s story. Hannah’s journey became my own as I revisited areas in my own life where I needed to forgive.
Favorite quote (from Miss Ten Boom in Secrets She Kept): “Jesus does not expect us to forgive in our own strength—that the hurts in this world are not healed by us, not forgiven by us, but by His great love. Jesus said to love our enemies…and with that command he gives us the love to do it.”
Lieselotte’s father wants to climb higher in the Nazi Party. He’ll do anything, even spying on his daughter, and rejecting her. Lieselotte is happier when she with Lukas and his family. She loves Lukas. But as the war continues, everything about her life comes undone. Survival is uncertain. She thinks Lukas is dead. She’s taken advantage of in a sham of a marriage, the only way she can stay with her daughter, who thinks she doesn’t care.
Hannah’s mother wasn’t at all like she thought she was. Now her pain is that she never really knew her mom.
Cathy Gohlke tackles the deeper issues of surviving in the Third Reich. Like Saving Amelia, Secrets She Kept confronts the heartbreak and heroism of those caught in Germany who didn’t believe in Hitler’s madness. Thought provoking and profoundly touching.
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