Tuesday, September 20, 2022



Libby Trent loves her family and is happy with how things are going.  She has a loving husband and children and an amazing father who lives with her and her family.  But LIbby is contacted by Simon Baum, who is with the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. Libby is told that her loving and gentle father, whom she adores, is actually Hans Brenner.  Hans Brenner is a war criminal.  He escaped from Germany after World War II and went into hiding.  Libby rejects the idea, and is in denial that a horrible man that did such despicable acts, could possibly be her loving father.  But when she finds an old box hidden in her father’s bedroom she doesn’t want to open it because she doesn’t want to know if it holds the truth.  Libby is sure that depending on what is inside the box, will definitely change the course of her life, but will it change for the good or for the bad?

I almost don’t know where to begin about how phenomenal this story was.  The mystery intertwined in the story was simply amazing.  I was so intrigued by the twist and turns of this book that I couldn’t put it down.  Wow, what an amazing and talented author to incorporate historical fiction with mystery in such a manner that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end.  The emotions and anticipation of what will happen next will have you gasping for your next breath.  This heartbreaking and gripping story had me in tears so many times, and I felt such compassion for Libby. This novel left such an impact on me that I will definitely re-read this one.  I devoured this book but the next time I read it, I will savor it.  This is definitely a favorite of mine.

Thank you Kate Hewitt for such a wonderful, emotional and completely gripping story.  I enjoyed it very much and I absolutely recommend it.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 20, 2022 
Pages: 409 
Buy on Amazon 

You love your father with all your heart. But what if he’s not who you think he is? What if he’s kept an unforgiveable secret from you his whole life?

Libby Trent believes she knows the difference between right and wrong.

But everything changes when she finds out about a man named 
Hans Brenner, a Nazi who escaped Germany after the Second World War. A war criminal who has lived his whole life in hiding.

Because the man suspected of being Hans Brenner is Libby’s own beloved father.

The sweetest, gentlest man she knows. Who raised her alone, who lives in her family home. Who cares for and watches over Libby’s own children.

When Libby finds a secret box in her father’s bedroom, she knows it might contain evidence. But does she dare open it, if it could prove her father guilty of the most heinous crimes in history?

Because if she finds evidence, she won’t just have to choose between right and wrong, she’ll have to choose whether to betray her own father…


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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