Cathy Gohlke Sheds Light on Modern Issue through Historical Novel
(August 20, 2012)
CAROL STREAM, IL — Driven by a shameful past and perilous future, Maureen O’Reilly and her sister flee
Ireland (1910) in search of safety, liberty, and opportunity. But after surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen
learns that their benefactor 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 find employment in a prominent Manhattan
department store, only to discover the elegant facade hides a dangerous secret.
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 dares hope will become 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 will they be too late, and in the
midst of a world gone mad can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring?
Two-time Christy Award winner Cathy Gohlke ignites a passion to end modern-day slavery in her new novel,
Band of Sisters, which releases from Tyndale House Publishers this September. The story was born out of
Gohlke’s desire to help raise awareness about human trafficking.
“Band of Sisters is a mild story in the world of human trafficking and modern-day slavery,” says Gohlke. “The
realities are far more grim — at the time the story took place and certainly today. But I pray this is a voice — one
voice — that evokes a platform for discussion.”
The novel also explores the question “What would Jesus do?,” based on the nineteenth century novel In His
Steps by Charles Sheldon, and the change that can come from breaking social class barriers.
About the Author
Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award–winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Promise Me This,
William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, which also won the American Christian
Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award and was listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008.
Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries.
When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, make their home
on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com.