Friday, April 12, 2024



Rosa Herzfeld believes she will never escape the Nazis.  She fears their horrible reign will never end.  She boards the SS St Louis while hoping for freedom but her hope is quickly shattered.  The ship full of refugees is refused entry to Cuba.  She soon finds herself alone and penniless in England.  She believes this is where she will live her life and tries to do everything she can to make it feel like home.  Rosa meets Peter, who is also a refugee, searching for a place to call home.  Though they grow close to each other, she is hiding a secret  from her past and she hopes he will never find out.  When she musters up the courage to finally tell him, she is sent to an isolated internment camp located on the Isle on Man.  Rosa and Peter are finally reunited, and once again she is faced with a decision, does she tell Peter the secret from her past or keep it hidden?

The Girl With a Secret, authored by Kate Hewitt is a phenomenal addition to The Emerald Sister Series.  I loved the character of Rosa  and the storyline with her and Peter was engaging.  This story pours over from the first in the series with Sophia, Rachel and Hannah.  Though a heartbreaking read, it is still a rapid and edge of your seat page turner.  I love the pace of the story but I had to stop a few times to let the tears flow.  This heart wrenching story is a definite must read.  It can be read as a standalone, but I highly suggest start with the first book in the series.  You’ll want to know everything about the characters in this captivating and compelling story.  I highly recommend this ten star book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: April 12, 2024
Pages: 410 
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Rosa’s blood runs cold. He hasn’t seen her yet, but she would recognize those blue eyes anywhere. Will he reveal her secret? And if he does, how will she ever survive?

Germany, 1939: When Rosa Herzelfeld boards the SS St Louis, she doesn’t believe its promise of freedom. Surely there can be no escape from the Nazis, not even on the other side of the world. Besides, she knows that no matter how far she travels, there is no escaping her past…

When the ship is refused entry to Cuba, Rosa finds herself penniless and alone in England. Desperately trying to make this strange country home, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But when she meets fellow refugee 
Peter, she is surprised by how quickly his gentle smile and warm brown eyes help her forget the horrors she left behind.

As their affection deepens, Rosa grows fearful. Should she tell Peter about the terrible decisions she was forced to make to survive in Germany, or simply pray he never finds out? Deep down, she begins to realise that she must tell him the truth…

But before she can, Rosa is sent to a remote internment camp on the Isle of Man. And when fate finally reunites her with Peter, her past is threatening to catch up with her. 
With time running out before her secret is revealed, Rosa must make an impossible choice…


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 a 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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