Friday, June 17, 2016

Litfuse Review: Like A River From It's Course by:Kelli Stuart

 Like a River from Its Course
About the Book:
 An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hopeThe 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.

My Review:
Maria "Masha" Ivanovna find's herself in a work camp with little food and people around her dying left and right. But with the help of a nice German solider maybe she will see her family again one day.

Ivan Kyrilovich will never forget the girl he couldn't protect. He vows not to let the same happen to his daughters, but to soon  the German's take his daughters from him and take them to God knows where.

Fredrick Herrmann, a German solider, wants to think he makes his father proud. Truth be told his father wishes Fredrick would have died instead of his brother.

Ludmilla "Luda" Michaelevna's father has always been a drunk. She believed he never has really cared for her, but is shocked when he leaves her in the hands of three German soldiers.

Like A River From It's Course is an amazing book. This book will have you so entranced by the stories. I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a wonderful read. This is definitely now a favorite of mine. These stories correspond with the history of World War II. Like A River From It's Course gives you a raw view into what people went through during Hitler's reign.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review fro the author.