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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"NO stars (if possible)"
Another WWII story that could have taken place, but doubtful, however the most unbelievable part was when the author began to preach about forgiveness & Jesus Christ....really? This was not listed under 'religious fiction'....where it should have been!!
The narrator was awful. She 'tried' to speak German and failed. Her pronunciation of German words & names was atrocious and totally annoying to listen to. The narration sounded like a child learning to read. Don't these audio recording companies listen to the performers they employ? In this case, very doubtful!!!!!!!
Skip this one, folks!!!!
My husband and I listened to this one together. While I am not a history buff, this book draws you in. We loved the 2 narrators and how the story was told from different viewpoints. It is well written and very thought-provoking, especially about such a traumatic time in history. We can highly recommend this book and would like to read others by this author.
I loved the story line and especially loved how they the author incorporated the Corrie Ten Boone story some what.
"Really good until it turned into a bible lesson"
It was a thoughtful and compelling read. I could have done without the 20 minute sermon at the end. It just seemed like it was added on the end.
"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.
"Loved this one"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was extremely thought provoking. Cathy gohlke weaves a story of a girl and her family. Living in Germany during the war.
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.
"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.
"Great WW II story"
Loved this book - WWII, politics versus family and the aftermath of the war. Excellent read and a surprise ending.
"Amazing WWII Historical Fiction! Must Read"
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.
I loved Lieselotta's voice. The narration was perfect.
I do agree that it was very odd at the end how religious the book became, definitely should cut that out.
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