I’m a big fan of historical fiction and WWII era books seem to be the thing right now. We all loved The Nightingale, some of us loved All The Light We Cannot See, and I definitely recommend Like a River From Its Course. Set in German occupied Ukraine, it follows the story of Maria, Ivan, Luda, and Frederick. We see how the war effects each of them and what they go through to survive. Stuart based the book on true accounts from the time. Knowing that, I looked up Babi Yar and read a few of the stories of survivors. I’m one who always researches things I don’t know about in books. I can not begin to imagine what those people endured and what they did to survive. It’s a vivid reminder of the evil that exists in our world. The stories of each of the people in the book vary, but are heartbreaking just the same. This is not a book you will soon forget. A better synopsis of the characters is below.
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.
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This was such a good book. I promise it’s not all dark and evil either. There are good times and times where they can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is war. I wholly recommend it though. I couldn’t put it down once I started.
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. See more about the book here.
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.