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Cathy Gohlke

Author Bio:

Cathy Gohlke is the four-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Night Bird Calling, The Medallion (winner of the 2020 Christy Award), Secrets She Kept (winner of the 2016 Christy, Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (winner of the 2015 INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (winner of the 2008 Christy and ACFW Awards and listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2009), and William Henry is a Fine Name (winner of the 2007 Christy Award).
When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites in search of a story, Cathy and her husband divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, delighted by the new-every-morning joys of grandparenting.
Visit her online at and on FB at CathyGohlkeBooks.

Books by Author

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Night Bird Calling

From award-winning author Cathy Gohlke, whose novels have been called “haunting” (Library Journal on Saving Amelie) and “page-turning” (Francine Rivers on Secrets She Kept), comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII. When Lilliana…

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The Medallion

An illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival. Two couples’ lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war but forever linked through the fate of one little girl. Warsaw, 1939. The German blitzkrieg has shattered the city. As Sophie Kumiega awaits news of her husband, deployed with the Polish…

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Until We Find Home

For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris,…

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Secrets She Kept

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is…

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Saving Amelie

2015 Carol award finalist! Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany―in the summer of 1939―will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer…

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Band of Sisters

Driven by a shameful past and a perilous future, Maureen O'Reilly and her sister flee Ireland in search of safety, liberty, and opportunity. But after surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their NYC benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died, and his family, refusing to own his Civil…

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Promise Me This

Annie Allen never imagined the day she watched her brother sail on Titanic would be the last time she’d see him. Nor could she guess how the tragedy would forever knit her life with Michael Dunnagan, who only survived because of Owen’s sacrifice. As Annie struggles to navigate a world turned upside…

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I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

The bonds linking family and the lines separating enemies become blurred for seventeen-year-old Robert when the cousin he loves begs him to aid her father, a Confederate prisoner of war, then travel south to help her care for his estranged mother. Unwittingly entangled in a prison escape, left for dead…

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William Henry is a Fine Name

It is 1859, and thirteen-year-old Robert is torn between loyalty to his abolitionist father and his mother’s slave-holding family. After his best friend, William Henry, is trapped in a deadly scheme to protect secrets of the Underground Railroad Robert vows never to get involved again. But when he…

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