Monday, June 27, 2016

My review of the book Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart


Like a River from Its Course

I absolutely love reading books on the history of World War Two, whether they be biographies, autobiographies or worthwhile fiction. 
Thus, I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read and review Kelli Stuart's new book Like A River From Its Course! 
I was captivated from the first chapter! The (Ukrainian/German) world presented by this talented author was engrossing and accurate. I have read enough autobiographies of even the specific events such as Babi Yar which are highlighted in this book to know that the author writes with historical accuracy. One of the things that I love and am amazed by when reading this book is the author's ability to present the first person viewpoints of several characters without confusing the reader or detracting from the excitement of the story. I found it very easy to follow, in fact enhanced by the various persons viewpoints. Surprisingly, it wasn't even difficult to remember each individuals' name- although they were Ukrainian or German. I am delighted with the talent and time Kelli Stuart has undoubtedly invested in this novel. 
The character development was suberb. The story was the perfect balance of excitement, sadness and victory while staying true to historical facts. 
Without revealing some main twists in the story, I did love the romantic relationships. I found them quite unique and interesting. 
So, do read this book and follow the lives of Maria Ivanova, Ivan Kyrilovich, Luda and Frederick Hermann and gain a picture into what it would have been like to live- or die- during the time of World War Two. 

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 only surprise/criticism was that this novel didn't highlight salvation like I thought it would. There was nothing bad in this book and it definitely doesn't endorse wrong morals, but it's kind of basic and pleasing to a variety of readers which can be good in some ways. The Christianity underlined in this book is Catholicism I believe. But that portion was good and emphasized the need for faith. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!
Like a River from Its Course Kelli Stuart