It has been a quite a while since I’ve read a book that I absolutely cannot put down. I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I had not heard of Kelli Stuart so I just assumed that she was a new author that I’d check out, but probably wouldn’t be impressed by it. I know that was horrid though, but that’s my honesty. After reading many books and reviewing them for years, I’ve come across some new authors where I had to just keep pushing through the story. I was quite surprised that this book absolutely did not fall into that category. This is definitely one of my top books that I have read so far this year. Hands down one of the top books.
Apparently Like a River from Its Course is full of real stories from the time of WWII. It focuses on the invasion of Ukraine, which is something that I had not had much knowledge about. There were so many instances where I wanted to close the book and pretend that these horrible things never happened. I cannot imagine this time period and the fear and hatred that was in these countries. I had to close my eyes several times when it talked about the children and the choices that their parents had to make.
Like a River from Its Course is a book that I think every person needs to read. With the world in such a disarray as it is, this book is a great reminder of what happens when we follow the wrong leader and when hate overcomes people. We need to be reminded that people are people, despite their race. No race should undergo ethnic cleansing, and we need that reminder.
These stories need to be heard, even though I think the characters themselves are fictional. The stories are real and told by characters that you instantly care for and love.
If you read one book in the year 2016, make this book one that goes onto your list. If you want to read more reviews on this book, go to http://litfusegroup.com/author/kstuart.
Travel back in time in Kelli Stuart’s new novel, Like a River from Its Course, as the city of Kiev is bombed in Hitler’s blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union. This sweeping historical saga takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine’s tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River From Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope.
The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler’s blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little—known history of Ukraine’s tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.
Maria Ivanovna is only fourteen when the bombing begins and not much older when she is forced into work at a German labor camp. She must fight to survive and to make her way back to her beloved Ukraine.
Ivan Kyrilovich is falsely mistaken for a Jew and lined up with 34,000 other men, women, and children who are to be shot at the edge of Babi Yar, the “killing ditch.” He survives, but not without devastating consequences.
Luda is sixteen when German soldiers rape her. Now pregnant with the child of the enemy, she is abandoned by her father, alone, and in pain. She must learn to trust family and friends again and find her own strength in order to discover the redemption that awaits.
Frederick Hermann is sure in his knowledge that the Führer’s plans for domination are right and just. He is driven to succeed by a desire to please a demanding father and by his own blind faith in the ideals of Nazism. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River from Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.
Kelli Stuart is the coauthor of Dare 2B Wise and has written for several brands including Disney, American Girl, and Short Fiction Break. She has served as editor-in-chief for the St. Louis Bloggers Guild and as a board member for the St. Louis Women in Media. In addition to her writing, Kelli has spent twenty years studying Ukranian culture. Kelli lives in Florida.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.