Like A River From Its Course Book Review

Like a River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart book review.

About the book:

Like a River from Its Course (Kregel, June 2016)

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.

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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.

Book review: This is an amazing read. I love learning about history, although this is a work of fiction the events that happened in this story are true. This book takes place during WWII. Historians usually focus on the events of the war and very little about how this war impacted the common people who tried to survive the war. This story gives the reader a taste of what the people of Ukranian experienced during this unfortunate period in history.
This story reviews how prejudice of another group of people, for any reason, clouds one’s vision of the beautiful person hidden inside. This is a wonderfully written book…each charter was brought to life through Kelli’s words. I had a hard time putting this book down…wanting to continue finding out what was next for each character.
In my opinion one can’t go wrong with this book. I loved this story and didn’t want to see it end.

I would give this book 5 stars plus. Truly a great read.

Litfuse Review

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Blessings, Kasey


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