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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: Like a River from Its Course

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

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 F├╝hrer'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.

About the author:

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.

My Opinion

As I have mentioned several times, WWII books are such a treat for me. Such a sad, sad time in our world's history but so many unsung heroes and stories to learn about. This book from Stuart was definitely one of those gems!

This book was so heartbreaking, unbelievable and so interesting. I have never read about what the Ukrainians went through during WWII. I seriously had to take breaks from reading because it was so heartbreaking and emotional. Stuart writes with so much emotion that I can feel and see everything as though I was there.

If you are interested in WWII history and learning about what the Ukrainians had to go through, Like a River from Its Course is a must read! But be prepared to be horrified, saddened and amazed at the strength and resilience these people had during WWII!

Buy It:

You can purchase Like a River from Its Course for $14.99 from Amazon.com


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.

Celebrate the release of Like a River from Its Course with Kelli by entering to win a Kindle Fire Prize Pack.


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Like a River from Its Course
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
  • A $30 Amazon gift card
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 18th. The winner will be announced July 19th on Kelli's blog.

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*Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

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