Cathy Gohlke - Author - The Palette & The Page

Best selling and three time Christy Award-winning author, Cathy Gohlke, speaks and writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, exploring world and life events through the lens of history.  She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Her books, set in eras between 1850 through WWII, have been translated into several languages.  When not writing or traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog Reilly, enjoy time with their grown children and grandchildren in Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore.

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 discovers his grandfather’s plan to sell his own son, born of a slave woman, Robert must decide whether to stand idly by or risk everything to help him escape. William Henry is a Fine Name is a coming-of-age story, a tale of friends—and a nation—caught in the chaos of slavery, forced to take a stand.

Awards: 2007 Christy Award – First Novel (nominee), 2007 Christy Award – Young Adult (winner)

I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

As Civil War rends his family and the nation, seventeen-year-old Robert vows to rescue his estranged mother and the girl he loves from behind enemy lines. Unwittingly entangled in a prison escape, left for dead, and charged as a spy, Robert must forge his anger and shame into a renewed determination to rescue his family. Confronted by an enemy and a war he no longer understands, Robert finds that the rescue, and its results, may not be up to him.

Awards: 2008 Library Journal, Starred Review, 2009 Carol Award Historical (winner), 2009 Christy Award – Young Adult (winner)

Promise Me This

Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the Titanic, nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen’s relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family’s New Jersey garden and landscaping business. Annie Allen doesn’t care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone—like their mother and father—and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise—and find the woman he’s grown to love—before she’s lost forever.

Awards: 2012 Library Journal, Starred Review, 2012 RT Book Reviews – Top Pick, 2013 INSPYs the Bloggers Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature – General Fiction (finalist)

Band of Sisters

Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hopes of claiming the life promised their father over twenty years before. 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 War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant façade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city. Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her father’s debt, but can’t find Maureen. ​Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, who Olivia sees as more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding.As women begin disappearing from the store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading, or the love that might bring?

Saving Amelie

Rachel Kramer, daughter of an eminent Long Island eugenics scientist, must confront her own pride and sense of superiority to rescue a deaf child from “elimination” at the hands of the Nazis. Jason Young, a driven American journalist with connections to the resistance and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, helps Rachel and Amelie escape Berlin. Forced to hide in the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives—and asking others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love. ​

Awards: 2015 Carol Award – Historical (finalist), 2015 INSPYs the Bloggers Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature – General Fiction (finalist), 2015 INSPYs the Bloggers Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature – General Fiction (winner)

Secrets She Kept

The secret a mother was forbidden to share… the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt. All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

Awards: 2015 RT Book Reviews – Top Pick, 2016 Audies – Inspirational/Fiction (finalist)

Until We Find Home

For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the novels she hopes 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, reality feels more akin to fear. With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, who, struggling with grief of her own, reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire remains in England to help. But Claire’s tumultuous upbringing–spent in the refugee of novels with fictional friends–never prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder at the grand estate, challenges her notions of love. Nor did she imagine how the threat of war would invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home, the people who have become her family. ​ Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

Awards: 2017 Library Journal – Starred Review

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.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

Night Bird Calling

When Lilliana Swope’s beloved mother dies, Lilliana gathers her last ounce of courage and flees her abusive husband for the home of her only living relative in the foothills of No Creek, North Carolina. Though Hyacinth Belvidere hasn’t seen Lilliana since she was five, she offers her cherished great-niece a safe harbor. Their joyful reunion inspires plans to revive Aunt Hyacinth’s estate and open a public library where everyone is welcome, no matter the color of their skin. 

Slowly, Lilliana finds revival and friendship in No Creek—with precocious eleven-year-old Celia Percy, with kind-hearted Reverend Jesse Willard, and with Ruby Lynne Wishon, a young woman whose secrets could destroy both them and the town. When the plans for the library also incite the wrath of the Klan, the dangers of Lilliana’s past and present threaten to topple her before she’s learned to stand. 

With war brewing for the nation and for her newfound community, Lilliana must overcome a hard truth voiced by her young friend Celia: Wishing comes easy. Change don’t.