Thursday, February 25, 2021



WOW, this amazing, captivating and emotionally gripping story is one that you are sure to remember for a long time.  It captures your attention from the very first page. This story will have you flying through the pages from beginning to end.

This story takes place in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Fourteen year old Liesel Scholz lives in Berlin in a nice new house and is living a life of privilege and safety because of her father’s job working for the government.  As she notices the changes in her city from the war, she is amazed and disgusted at the destruction surrounding her and her family.  Liesel meets Rosa who is the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper.  Rosa comes to Liesel and begs for her to help her family.  Liesel and her mother are appalled at what they are witnessing the Nazi’s doing to the Jewish people, so they agree to hide Rosa and her loved ones in the attic of their house.  Liesel and her mother become the life-saving force that Rosa needs as the war rages on.

As the story continues on, post-war to 1946, the war has come to an end. American Captain Sam Houghton is assigned to Berlin to investigate prominent Nazi leaders and to assist in the rebuilding of Berlin.  He hires a very quiet, shy assistant named Anna.  Anna who survived the war has secrets of her own that Captain Houghton is unaware of.  The attraction between the two is sure to pull at your heartstrings, and the physical and emotional destruction of war that Anna holds in, becomes known to Sam.

This engrossing, unputdownable, gripping story is a must read.  It is an unforgettable page-turner that is sure to stick with you for a very long time.  This story that will have you reaching for the box of Kleenex. Kate Hewitt tugs at your heartstrings in this emotional and phenomenal read.  I can’t recommend it enough.  You won’t want to miss this amazing read.



Rating: 5 out of

Author:  Kate Hewitt

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: February 25, 2021 
Pages: 447 
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1936, Nazi-ruled Berlin. A heartbreaking and stunningly powerful novel of friendship, courage and betrayal, about two girls whose lives collide in war-torn Berlin, and whose friendship is the only thing that might get them out alive.

They sat together on the roof, watching Berlin burn, as traces of smoke and cloud floated through the air. “I just want to be free,” Rosa said quietly, “Even if only for a few minutes. It might be the last chance I have.”

From her beautiful new home in Berlin, a young woman named Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father’s job working for the new government.

But a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, confirms Liesel’s fears that something isn’t right. That the Nazi government’s brutal rules are cruel and dangerous, and that others aren’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help—pressing her grandfather’s gold pocket watch into Liesel’s hand—Liesel recklessly agrees.

She will help hide Rosa and her loved ones—in the dusty, unused rooms at the top of their house—even if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Even if it means risking her own life.

Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. When he hires an enigmatic, damaged interpreter named Anna, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Perhaps there is a chance of love for both of them. But then the question of what happened to Anna in the war raises its head.

. Because Anna has secrets—ones that link her to Berlin, the Nazi party, and the story of one gold pocket watch and two young women who became friends, even when they were told it was impossible…


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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