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Friday, July 15, 2016

Like A River From It's Course/Kindle Fire Giveaway

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.

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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My Thoughts:
Every once in a while an author and story come along that absolutely slays the reader.  Like A River From It's Course and Kelli Stuart fall into this category for me. The stories of Frederick, Luda, Ivan and Maria ("Masha") touched a place deep within my heart and soul and left me spent by the end of the book.  Their stories are ugly but yet beautiful.  Holding nothing back, Stuart adeptly gives the reader a picture of the tragedies of war in the Ukraine, covering 1941-1947.  The story is told in the voice of the characters themselves, adding a depth to the book that would have been lost otherwise.  At times I thought, "I just can't read another line!" However, Stuart urges readers own through complex characters and a story that you can't help but be invested in from page one.  I encourage you to read this book written from over 15 years of the author's research and study.  You will walk away changed and believe it or not very, very hopeful.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving an honest review.

Like a River from Its Course Kelli Stuart

Blessings and Happy Reading Ya'll,