About Cathy Gohlke
Bestselling, Christy Hall of Fame, and Carol and INSPY Award-winning author, Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Her critically acclaimed novels include A Hundred Crickets Singing, Night Bird Calling, The Medallion (winner of the 2020 Christy Award), Until We Find Home, 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 (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008 and winner of the 2008 Christy and American Christian Fiction Writers Award) and William Henry is a Fine Name (winner of the 2007 Christy Award).
When not traveling to historic sites for research, she and her husband, Dan, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at http://www.cathygohlke.com, and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks; on Bookbub (@ CathyGohlke); and on YouTube, where you can subscribe to Book Gems with Cathy Gohlke for short videos of book recommendations.
Cathy Gohlke takes us back to No Creek, NC in the beautifully told companion novel to Night Bird Calling, which was incredibly moving. This one is told in dual time, a time of wars eighty years apart. We find the Belvidere family in the midst of the Civil War, torn between supporting the Union and the Confederacy, a family torn apart by the war. Our hearts break at the racial injustices. We also see the same family’s descendants during WWII, again with racism abounding, even in the Army.
And we also see those righting hard to overcome these injustices. The tension is real in these scenes that make you feel the hurt. Gohlke has created an entire cast of characters that will march right into your heart. And some, sadly, that will cause you deep pain as you read their hatred.
Cathy Gohlke’s books simply take root in your heart. Her work is stunning and will not soon leave your mind, if at all. This is definitely one for the keeper shelf.
I was given an early copy of this book by Tyndale Publishing via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.