THE SECRETARY

Posted: May 24, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

This fast-paced World War II novel is a must read for all historical fiction fans. The author quickly transports you to Berlin and sends you back in time, with the flip of a page.

Magda is The Secretary working in The Tower House during the Second World War, she is living a double life and is storing up and smuggling secrets out of her office.  But, she is determined to keep the man whom she secretly loves safe.  Fast forward forty years later when Nina, Magda’s granddaughter, is in Berlin with a fake passport in her hand, some bank notes and a piece of paper with a scribbled address of The Tower House.  When Nina locates and enters The Tower House where her Grandmother Magda also walked those same hallways all those years ago, so many things are revealed to her.  Nina is so much like her Grandmother, that it is almost as if you are reading about the same person.  This story was so well written and researched, that it is not only a history lesson, but so descriptive that you forget your reading a book and feel you are watching an entertaining movie playing out in your minds eye.

This extraordinary and engaging read was absolutely amazing.  I really enjoyed this time-slip novel and I cannot recommend it enough…absolutely, heart-stopping amazing. Thank you Catherine Hokin for this outstanding read, loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


THE SECRETARYTHE SECRETARY
Author: Catherine Hokin
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: May 24, 2021
Pages: 354
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The Tower House. Down a secluded path, hidden by overgrown vines, the crumbling villa echoes with memories. Of the family who laughed and sang there, until the Nazis tore them from their home. And of the next woman to walk its empty rooms, whose courage in the face of evil could alter the course of history…

Germany 1940. As secretary to the leader of the SS, Magda spends her days sending party invitations to high-ranking Nazis, and her evenings distributing pamphlets for the resistance. But Magda is leading a dangerous double life, smuggling secrets out of the office. It’s a deadly game, and eventual exposure is a certainty, but Magda is driven by a need to keep the man she secretly loves safe as he fights against the Nazis…

Forty years later. Nina’s heart pounds as she steps into an uncertain future carrying a forged passport, a few bank notes, and a scribbled address for The Tower House taken from an intricate drawing she found hidden in her grandmother’s wardrobe. Separated from her family and betrayed by her country, Nina’s last hope is to trace her family’s history in the ruins of the past her grandmother ran from. But, when she finally finds the abandoned house, she opens the door to a forgotten story, and to secrets which will change everything: past, present, and future…

About Catherine Hokin

Catherine Hokin is the author of two World War Two inspired novels set in Berlin, her favourite city. Following a History degree at Manchester University she worked in teaching, marketing and politics, while waiting for a chance to do what she really wanted which was to write full time. Her short stories have been published by iScot, Writers Forum and Myslexia magazines and she was the winner of the 2019 Fiction 500 Short Story Competition. She is a lover of strong female leads and a quest.
Catherine now lives in Glasgow with her American husband. She has two grown-up children – one of whom lives, very conveniently, in Berlin – and a life long addiction to very loud music.

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