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July 11, 2016

A STORY of LOVE, WAR, HEARTACHE, FORGIVENESS and REDEMPTION


KREGEL BLOG TOURS
IS PLEASED TO PRESENT

KELLI STUART'S

LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE




BOOK DETAILS
(from Amazon)


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.
  Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825444144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825444142

REVIEW
This is the story of some of the over-looked parts of history during World War II and Ukraine.  The reader follows four very interesting characters as they find their way through the turmoil and the broken hearts of what the Nazi's are doing to their country. The author seems to have put a lot into the research of the history. The details are very explicit and sometimes, more than not, very sad and emotional.  You can't but feel so bad about Babi Yar, (the killing ditch) where men, women and children were lined up on the edge and shot, falling into the ditch, one on top of each other.  Over 34,000 people shot dead for absolutely no reason other than hatred. This took place in a span of two days. TWO DAYS! The story will make you shiver and wonder how in the world could people do this.  The author takes you into the life of Maria, 14 years old and in a German labor camp.  Survival is all that matters.  The story is actually taken from stories that are true.   15 years of research and interviews with some of the survivors. But through all the death, starvation, hatred and chaos there still remained hope.  Hope that some day, there would be peace and an end to all of the suffering. This story will touch your heart and pull at the strings.  After reading you won't forget.  It will remain with you always.  I wouldn't say it was fast pace but you will turn those pages rather quickly as you get caught up in the lives of the characters. There is so much sadness with that little glimmer of hope.


I received this complimentary copy of this book from the author, Kelli Stuart and Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased view.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

AUTHOR
 Kelli Stuart
 Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. A graduate of Baylor University with a degree in English Professional Writing, and a minor in the Russian language, Kelli has honed her skills in the written word through editing, ghostwriting, blogging, and traveling the world. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and four children.


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