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Publisher's Summary

Secrets My Father Kept is a captivating novel about love, sacrifice, secrets and resilience, as the clock inexorably ticks down to a devastating world war.

It's February 1939. As the Fuhrer edges towards an invasion of Poland, total war looms in Europe. 

However in Krakow, 17-year-old Marie Karska's primary concern is the unexplained disappearance of her mother 15 years ago, and her father Dominik's unbreakable silence on the matter. Even his wife's name is a secret he guards closely.

Dominik, a well-respected and innovative doctor at the local hospital, has devoted his life to caring for his only daughter. Yet a black fear haunts him - over the questionable act he committed to keep Marie safe. And with German troops now marching to the border, he needs to find her a husband. One who will protect her when he no longer can.

But Marie has already met the man she wants to marry: her childhood friend, Ben. She's determined that his Jewish faith won't stand in the way of their future together. And nor will her father's refusal to explain the past stop her from unpicking his darkest secret....

©2021 Rachel Givney (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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Absolutely wonderful!

A great story, especially for women or girls looking for some inspiration in these challenging times. Magnificent narration from Zoe Carides too.

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Too far fetched

It is a long book and I endured because it has some interesting stories but the plot is too far fetched for me. I did not guess the ending until the very end of the book, not because it was a well crafted suspense because it is almost not possible.

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Just wow!

At first I thought I was listening to a bit of a crappy historical romance novel. I was very wrong.
The twist literally gave me goosebumps. I think I may have cried. I'm so glad I took a chance on this. The narrator was among of the best I've come across.

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Amazing story

This is wonderful story, with a surprising ending. I couldn't stop listening. Fantastic author. Loved the narration too.

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What a wonderful book

Has a very good story line and an excellent twist. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it

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Waste of time

This book had caricatures, sweeping generalisations and a very obvious and absurd plot. I put it at the fastest speed and skipped many parts. A waste of my time.

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Wonderful ❤️

please, please, please continue with the story a second book perhaps I feel more can be written absolutely amazing!

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Best book in a long time

Best book in a long time. Great story.
Not too much of the actual politics and horror of WW11 but just enough hints of what is to come to acknowledge the true horror.
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Such a beautiful story

A lovely story & beautifully narrated. The outcome was totally unexpected. I would recommend this book highly to anyone

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Could not put this down

Loved every bit of this . The narration was fabulous.
I’ve become very accustomed to Rachel Givney style and appreciate her style.

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