15 July 2016

Like a River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart

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
★★★★★
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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 Fuhrer'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.

I read a lot of books set during World War II, so I always love picking up a book able to show an aspect of the conflict unfamiliar to me - like Kelli Stuart’s Like a River From Its Course does. Focusing on the Ukrainian experience throughout the war, Stuart tells an utterly heartbreaking but still inspiring story of intersecting characters. Their circumstances are tragic, horrific, and haunting, but their perseverance and resilience shine in the midst of the darkness. It’s a truly beautiful and captivating story, enhanced by the depth of Stuart’s research. One of my favorite reads of the year so far, I highly recommend Like a River From Its Course to any historical fiction readers. It’s worth a read as soon as possible.

Thanks to Kregel Publications, I received a copy of Like a River From Its Course and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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