Monday, July 11, 2016
Like a River From its Course by Kelli Stuart
Like a River from its Course is a book of human tributaries, chronicling a collection of characters as they converge into the shared tragedy that was WWII. A novel that introduces readers to the experience of Ukrainians as Hitler took over and separated children from their families either through immediate death or deportation to labor camps in Germany. Although historical fiction, the characters are a based on true experiences.
Meet an idealistic young man approaching manhood and ready to prove himself to the loving father who watches him go. Two sisters separated from their parents and each other when they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. In these pages you will also meet a young woman neglected by her drunken father and abandoned in her greatest hour of need but who found a surrogate family to give her the care and love she had never experienced.
Like a River From its Course will move you to tears (and undoubtedly anger) as you witness the senseless killing and the extreme abuses that were carried out against those deemed "inferior." This is a book I would reserve for 16 and above as it handles some rather mature topics. In the midst of so much horror, Stuart manages to highlight examples of love, hope, courage and perseverance that will remain in your memory long after the book ends.
To read an excerpt from the book, visit Kregel Publications. At the website, you can also print off an excellent Reader's Guide with author notes and discussion questions.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Like a River From its Course from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.