Monday, April 15, 2024

Book Review for The Girl with a Secret by Kate Hewitt

 The Emerald Sisters #2

The Girl with a Secret by Kate Hewitt

Published April 12, 2024 by Bookouture
Genre:  Historical Fiction, WWII


Taken from Goodreads:  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…

This second book in the Emerald Sisters series tells a heartbreaking and unforgettable story about hope, second chances and the resilience of the human spirit. Perfect for fans of The Orphan Sisters and My Name is Eva.


My Thoughts:  This is book two in the Emerald Sisters Series and I would recommend reading book one first.   Book two starts up exactly where book two ends except from a different girls POV.    

The Girl with a Secret is Rosa’s story.   After getting denied entry to Cuba she finds herself in England with her privileged parents.   While Rosa grew up with money, I like that she realized that her past privileges do not matter in England and if she wants to keep her family safe she must earn some money.   She is able to see that her past life is not her future.   She must make a new life and accept that her past could affect her future.  

Rosa’s relationship with Peter was unique.   They met at an English class and their friendship grew.  I felt like it lagged a little and could have moved a little quicker.  But there is the threat of war in England, so being cautious is understandable also.   I like that their relationship moved slowly and carefully with the knowledge that their future is very unknown.   

The Girl with a Secret is a great second book in this series.  I am excited to see what happens next and if all 4 girls will ever be back together.

Thank you Kate Hewitt for a copy of the book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


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Meet Kate Hewitt (taken from her website):
 Kate was born in Pennsylvania, went to college in Vermont, and has spent summers in the Canadian wilderness. After several years as a diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband, five young children, and two overly affectionate Golden Retrievers.

In addition to writing, Kate works as a Core Editor with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and runs writing retreats in the Wye Valley.


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