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A rising star that fell…

Anna Levenko was set to become the next “it girl” in tennis. The first Ukrainian prophesied to win a Grand Slam… And then everything changed. Years later, with a business degree behind her, an unpaid job keeping her busy, and a family that means well, Anna can’t help but dream of something bigger. What’s one little white lie in the grand scheme of things? But Anna’s dream job isn’t just sunshine and roses. Her first project takes her to Tanzania, and everything that could go wrong, does. Not to mention her woeful love life. Will she ever reach the life she’s worked so hard for? Or is success just not in the cards for Anna?

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“Africa is not a continent, it’s a planet of its own,” Jean continued. “It’s the land of miracles. Africa gives youth to the old, courage to the fainthearted, peace to the angry. Every time I come here, I feel like a child on Christmas morning—impatient to find out what incredible gifts have been prepared for me this time. This place fills my heart with tremendous happiness. Once you’ve set your foot in Africa, you’ll come again and again! This land holds so many secrets, but it can also make all your most cherished dreams come true. I know it won’t be easy to find your grandfather’s family, but don’t give up even for a second. It will be so worth it. You’ll see.”

Right then, the waiter brought their drinks. Anna got a glass of white wine and Jean a Kilimanjaro beer.

“Cheers!” Jean said as they clinked their glasses. “For the success of the Tourism Institute of Zanzibar!”

At that moment, the radiant sun started setting and the sky magically began changing its color from bright blue into a hot orange. The wind subsided and nature was so peaceful and quiet. The sun looked like an enormous fire ball glittering right above the horizon; its long golden beams reflecting in the water. The ocean now looked dark and gray, and several fairy-tale like dhow boats with their sharp sails were slowly rocking up and down the waves. The boats effortlessly glided from one side of the ocean to another, as if they were playing catch-up with each other. Who were the people sailing in them? What were their lives like?


Valeriya Goffe is a talented author whose story makes the reader feel that success can be possible, no matter the odds. Readers will gain inspiration from Anna’s story and learn from her to never stop chasing after what you truly desire.”

Suzie Housley, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The novel excels in offering a soothing, yet engaging experience, making it a suitable choice for readers seeking an escape into a heartwarming story. Goffe’s descriptive prowess shines as she weaves a tapestry of three diverse cultural backdrops: Ukraine, Washington D.C., and Tanzania. Her vivid descriptions, supplemented by cultural insights, offer a rich exploration of Ukrainian traditions and lifestyles, enhancing the reader’s understanding.

Literary Titan

Secrets We Keep is an original women’s fiction with emotive narration and characters which will steal your heart. The story flows well and is easy to relate to. This book stuck with me long after I finished reading.

N. N. Light/ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

“Secrets We Keep” is a breath of fresh air. It’s funny, witty, and engaging. I loved reading about adventures of fearless Anna Levenko and couldn’t put the book down. I loved the characters and their dilemmas, they seemed real and relatable.

Amazon Reader

Bravo to this author! This book was really good. I connected with Anna because her situation reminded me a lot of my own from when I was in high school. I liked the writing style and can’t wait to read more from this author. Overall, I would recommend it!

Beary Into Books, Book Blogger

This takes you on an emotional roller coaster, from cover to cover. Goffe did an amazing job bringing Anna to life, and it quickly feels like she’s a close friend you’ve known for ages… I cannot recommend this enough if you enjoy emotional women’s fiction that will deeply touch you.

The Faerie Review

Centered around Anna, a young Ukrainian woman with ambitions well beyond her humble beginnings, the storyline pivots between the competitive tennis world and a coveted job in environmental conservation…Beautifully written, Secrets We Keep is a must-read for fans of women’s multicultural fiction.”

Joanne Guidoccio