Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Secrets She Kept

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 thoughts: I was surprised how, for a Christian book, this story has a lot of the nadty side of war in it. I know war is nasty and shouldn't be sugar coated, but I felt like parts of this story could of been handled better. That said, it does show what the war was like. I did appreciate that Corrie Ten Boom has a part, since she is one of my hero's with her incredible message of forgiveness, which is shared in part in this story.
I think this book is a sad reminder of how horrible things can ruin the rest of our lives and future relationships, if we let them.
I give the book a 3 out of 5.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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