The Golden Key

Golden Key ebook cover

By 1918, Europe had spent over four years embroiled in the Great War. This terrible war to end all wars had consumed an endless stream of men—all shot, gassed, or obliterated by artillery in the trenches. Dieter, a German farmer, has no idea how his sons met their fate. He knows only that they are dead, and his wife, Gerda, refuses to accept it.

After he brings home a golden bird, still miraculously alive after being rescued from an iron box, Gerda declares she will go find the truth about their third son, Karl, whose body was never found. In a desperate attempt to keep his wife home, Dieter volunteers to search instead.

The bird guides Dieter safely to the front, but once they reach the battleground, they find only chaos. Exploding shells pepper the muddy ground as far as the eye can see. The fighting is so savage and constant that many bodies are never recovered for burial.

As his chances of finding his son’s grave tumble from slim to none, Dieter becomes trapped on the battlefield. It seems likely he will share his sons’ fate.

But the bird has other plans…


Praise for The Golden Key:

“The Golden Key, by Cathleen Townsend, is a historical novelette that blends the harsh realities of war with a touch of magic and a heaping dose of heart.” Stacie Eirech, author of Space to Dream

“Not what I expected. It was so much more.” Aisha Howard

“Amidst the hopelessness of war are miracles if you know how to look for them.” Jacqui Murray, author of Born in a Treacherous Time


The Golden Key is available at all major retailers:


Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia


Barnes and Noble



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Bonus: Building the World of The Golden Key


Happy reading. 🙂

Avid writer and reader of Faerie tales and noblebright fantasy.

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33 comments on “The Golden Key
  1. willowdot21 says:

    Good luck with this 💜💜

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  2. Jina Bazzar says:


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  3. Lovely cover and fantastic blurb, Cathleen! 🙂 Sharing… xo

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    • Thank you so much, Bette. Glad you like the blurb. This November is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and that moved me. That’s the real heart of my story–why people went out there and put their lives on the line, both the good reasons and the bad.

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  4. JM Williams says:

    Woo hoo! Congrats! Love the cover~ 😀

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  5. Downloaded a copy and looking forward to a great read, Cathleen! 🙂 xo

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  6. Ann Coleman says:


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  7. Congratulations! Great cover and blurb!

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  8. This novelle sounds lovely, Cathleen.

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  9. frenchc1955 says:


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  10. I think you like this novelette because you know it’s so good. Deep emotions, an intense story, and a bit of magic. 🙂 Congrats, Cathleen.

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  11. The Golden Key sounds like a great adventure-quest story, and the cover is gorgeous. Congratulations on this one and may it see all success.

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  12. Congratulations, Cathleen. World War I is one of my favorite historical eras, because it really set the stage for the events of the twentieth century. So excited to see how that setting inspired you!

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  13. Thanks, Sean. WWI has always astounded me with its sheer brutality. There was a media blackout on the thing, since all the governments concluded that if their citizens really knew what was happening at the front, they would never allow their sons and husbands to be sent there.

    It seemed a fitting counterpart to the trope of evil swallowing the world. 🙂

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  14. Huge congratulations to you, Cathleen! Love the cover and the book looks intriguing 😊

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