Sunday, June 13, 2021



The first thing that drew me to this book was the stunning cover.  Once I saw that the author was Kate Hewitt, I knew it was going to be a fantastic story.  It quickly became unputdownable and a definite must read. 

Hints of another war are wafting in the air, and Austrians are finding it difficult to avoid the unwanted changes around them.  Johanna, Birgit and Lotte Eder are three Austrian sisters that work in their family owned clockmaking shop. When their father hires Franz to work in their clock shop, Johanna is immediately drawn to him.  Then Johanna falls in love with Franz who is Jewish, and she soon realizes the danger it puts her family in.  Lotte joins the convent at Nonnberg Abbey and Birgit is secretly involved with the Resistance.  Johanna knows it’s up to her to protect Franz, and she depends on her sisters to help her.  

I absolutely loved the way the author incorporated, my most favorite movie, The Sound of Music, into the storyline.  It was so amazing.  This heart-breaking, tearful and emotional story will have you hooked from the very first page.  It makes you feel like you are running through the hills of Austria.  The detailed description of Austria, overwhelmingly pulls you into the story.  Words cannot describe how absolutely wonderful this story was.  The personal connection with each character was so unbelievably amazing.  Read it with Kleenex nearby because you are sure to need it.  

Thank you Kate Hewitt for such a great story, it is sure to stay with me for a long, long time. I absolutely loved it and I can’t recommend it enough!! WOW!



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Kate Hewitt 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 8, 2021 
Pages: 437 
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1938, Salzburg. A powerful story of hope, forbidden love, and incredible courage, about three sisters who will risk everything—even their own lives—as part of the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Austria.

Johanna, Birgit and Lotte Eder have always lived quiet lives, working in their father’s clockmaking shop and helping their mother in the house. But like many other Austrians, they find it impossible to ignore the changes in the world around them.

At first Johanna finds it hard to believe the Nazis pose a real threat. But then her father hires Franz to help in his shop. He’s kind and soulful, with dark eyes that twinkle with intelligence. But he’s Jewish, and as Johanna falls for him, she realizes that loving him puts them all in danger.

Then comes the Anschluss—the reunification of Austria and Germany under Nazi rule. The three sisters’ lives have become ever more separate with Lotte joining the convent at Nonnberg Abbey and Birgit’s secret involvement with the Resistance. But as Johanna realizes how mistaken she was about the level of danger, she begins to see that it may be down to her to protect the man she loves.

She knows that she can’t do it alone though. She will have to turn to the people she trusts the most: her sisters.

The three of them work together to try to get Franz to the safety of Switzerland, and they soon prove invaluable to the Resistance. But they’re risking everything. Can three women who would die for each other, also be prepared to die for what is right?

The sisters’ subsequent journey from Nazi-occupied Salzburg to the devastating concentration camps of Ravensbruck and Mauthausen will show the strength of human spirit like never before. As, out of the darkness, a tiny seed of hope flowers…


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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