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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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Captivating, memorable and well written.

Set in Poland during the lead up to World War 2. Secrets My Father Kept is a thoughtful character driven novel that explores themes of war, racism, sexism, medicine and religion with a great twist. I was kept on the end of my seat until very the end.

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