Book Review: “Like a River From Its Course” by Kelli Stuart

July 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Kelli Stuart in her new book, “Like a River From Its Course book coverLike a River From Its Course” published by Kregel Publications gives us A Novel of World War II.

From the back cover:  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.

In reality Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939 signed the German-Soviet Aggression Pact in which the two countries agreed to take no military action against each other for ten years. In 1941 Hitler violated that pact launching Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union. In September 1941 the decision to kill all the Jews in Kiev was made and almost 34,000 were killed at the Babi Yar. Let me start out by stating that this is a terrific story. It is everything that it could be all rolled up into one terrific package. It is a World War II thriller. It is a story that shows us the depths that a human soul can sink to but it also shows us the heights that the human soul can rise to. Ms. Stuart has given us a historical fiction which means that the events actually happened it is just that she has fictionalized them. Ms. Stuart has given us marvelous, well-written characters that you will get involved with Maria, Ivan, Luda and Frederick. This story will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it! It is just that good. I highly recommend this book!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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