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.
This book is AMAZING. I absolutely loved it.
You will be immediately drawn into each characters life and each story is unique, yet somehow tied.
What amazes me is that this could have really happened. Although these characters are fictional, Kelli based yet one off of true events and stories. How heartbreaking.
This is a book you will not easily put down and will want to pick back up and wish you could continue in the lives of these characters.
Faith is beautifully woven in, but it isn’t used as an easy, quick fix to the problems going on.
I had tears flowing at the end, happy tears and sad tears. As I thought about what each character had lived through and realized because of that their lives would never be the same, they would always carry around these memories, good and bad.
The book as also a good reminder that not every German was evil, not every German soldier wanted to be there. Some new perspectives to consider for sure.
If you love WWII stories this is absolutely a MUST read. I cannot recommend it enough.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.