I will not soon forget reading “Like a River From Its Course” by Kelli Stuart. This novel is based on years of research and interviews with many survivors of World War II in the Ukraine. We always hear of Poland, France, and other countries which endured many deaths and hardships during the Nazi occupation, but not much about the Ukranian people. Perhaps it is because there were also deaths and hardships wrought by the Bolsheviks in that region and the take-over by the Red Army was part of it.
Even though reading some of the stories was hard to take, knowing that these stories were true was horrifying. I am always shocked when hearing or reading about man’s inhumanity to man and sickened when reading about these atrocities. The portrayal of Babi Yar, the “killing ditch” where thousands of lives were lost was truly disturbing. I cannot fathom how young men could be as callous and faithless as to systematically murder innocent men, women and children. There was no compassion at all…and this because a madman declared himself the Fuhrer.
I wonder what we would do under such circumstances today. Of course, we Americans have not seen such on our soil, but it does continue to happen in other countries, Syria, African countries, Iraq, Iran and others. We have yet to openly confront this repeat of history. What can we do? This novel has caused me to think more in depth about what is going on in the world today and what we can do to stop the atrocities from continuing. The innocents should not have to endure this. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in stories of WW II.
I received a print copy of this book from LitFusePublicity.com in return for my honest review.
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.
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