The Secret She Kept

Carly Schabowski

‘Amazing… Wonderful… This story captured me from the very beginning and broke my heart. I highly recommend this… Fabulous.’ Page Turners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As I sit in front of my typewriter, I know it’s time to finally write the story I could never tell – the one that has haunted me for all these years. I’ve been hiding my secrets for too long, since the war ended, and now it’s finally time to face the truth…

Poland, 1939: When a German pilot crashes over my parents’ farmland, I am terrified. Who is this man? And should I help him, or have him arrested? In that moment, I know that this young man, and this decision, will change my life forever…

He tells me his name is Max, and that he didn’t crash his plane, but parachuted over Poland to defect from the Nazis. As I begin to secretly nurse his injuries, he slowly tells me his story. And as I look into his eyes, I realise I am falling in love with this man – with his bravery, and his determination to do what is right, no matter the cost.

But when the Nazis arrive, the small world we have built together is shattered in an instant. And when the Germans arrest me and my twin siblings, dragging us to the notorious Fort VII camp in the dead of night, I know that our only chance of survival, our only hope, is to be rescued.

As I sit in my cell, I think of what Max told me. He held my hand and promised me that if we were arrested, he would go undercover as a German soldier and save us. But will the guards believe his story? And, even if they do, will he make it to us before it is too late?

Based on a true story, this heartbreaking and emotional wartime novel follows one couple’s love story, and their courage in the face of unimaginable odds. An incredibly gripping and moving story, perfect for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and The Alice Network.

Previously published as The Airman’s Girl.

Praise for The Secret She Kept:

Wow just wowA beautifully written, page-turning, incredible and intriguing historical WW2 novel. It will have you captivated Danger, grief, romance and so much more unputdownable.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripping and movingMind-blowing! Heartbreaking, and full of bravery, courage and strength.’ Rachel Bustin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An exceptional read… Inspirational and exciting.’ Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful and captivating.’ @stamperlady50 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Incredible from start to finish.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A truly heartbreaking and heart-warming story.’ @shortbookthyme ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripping and beautiful.’ Goodreads reviewer

Absolutely heartbreakingIncredible.’ Goodreads reviewer

Blew my mindIncredibleHeartbreaking.’ @emthebookworm

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