Kelli Stuart’s ‘Like a River from Its Course’ Blog Tour and Kindle Prize Pack

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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.

Celebrate the release of Like a River from Its Course with Kelli by entering to win a Kindle Fire Prize Pack.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 18th. The winner will be announced July 19th on Kelli’s blog.

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About the book:

Like a River from Its Course (Kregel, June 2016)

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.

Purchase a copy:http://bit.ly/28YOXRu

My Thoughts:

I was excited to dig into this book – I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially WWII-era reads.  This is probably hands down the most gut-wrenching, moving, tragic, hope-filled, and grace-infused historical fiction book I have read in a very long time, perhaps ever.  I found myself sobbing at times, having to put the book down sooner than I really wanted just to process what had just happened, how human being could be so incredibly cruel.  Knowing these are based on true accounts really makes it hit home.  This is definitely not your feel-good summer beach read.  But it is a memorable read that for sure isn’t fluff and will get you to think about things that matter…. about anger and forgiveness, about depression and hope, about desperation and loving acceptance.

Fifteen years of research and interviews… this book definitely feels like it was a labor of love, a piece of Kelli’s heart went into this story I am sure.  You just can’t write a book like this without putting your whole heart and soul into it.

I’m totally gushing over this one, I know, but it deserves it.  It’s one of those books I will keep and let others borrow (but make sure they don’t forget to return 😉 )

When does Kelli’s next book come out??

*As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent a review copy of this book to review; however, all opinions are honest and unbiased.

Summer Loving

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What happened to spring?  I am not sure, but did it fly by faster than usual or is it just me?  And now we’re already into the final third of June?!

Bring on the sunshine!

sunshine (Loving my new Plexus super lightweight hoodie for chilly days this spring/summer)

 

A little while ago, I had to get some new glasses, and Firmoo reached out to me offering me a pair to review.  So that was super fun!  I decided to go the trendy route and try out a pair of these larger glasses – they are so not me, but it was fun to try something new.  I LOVE that there are so many online options these days for eyewear, and provided you get the correct measurements and have your prescription, it’s really not that difficult to get glasses that are just right for you!  I have a low-to-mid strength prescription (-1 and -1.5 or something like that, I forget off the top of my head), but I have a super strong astigmatism (-3 or -4 or something like that in each eye).  But the glasses came in a reasonable timeframe and the prescription is spot on.  Super clear and crisp.  I have never had a pair of glasses that didn’t have the nose pieces, so that is something I had to get used to with these – they are acetate, which I also never had.  These won’t be my everyday glasses just because I’m not super crazy about this trendy look on me, but they are a nice backup pair.  If I could suggest one thing to Firmoo it would be to increase the selection of non-acetate smaller framed glasses, maybe even more feminine detailed options.

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But I have been overall very pleased with Firmoo, and will definitely consider them for my next pair of eye glasses!

Q: Are you enjoying the start of summer?  Anything fun coming up?

A: I have an annual family reunion coming up that I’m excited about – great to see relatives you haven’t seen in a little while (and thankful I have a family reunion that I don’t dread going to – I know a lot of people could care less or don’t go to family reunions because family is divided and can’t find a commonality, which is sad but the case for many.)

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