Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart | Blog Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway

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.

like a river - 400

One grand prize winner will receive:

like a river - prize collage (1)

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.

like a river - enterbanner

###

{More about Like a River from Its Course}

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Kelli Stuart

{More About Kelli Stuart}

Kelli Stuart is the coauthor of Dare 2B Wise and has written for several brands including Disney, American Girl, and Short Fiction Break. She has served as editor-in-chief for the St. Louis Bloggers Guild and as a board member for the St. Louis Women in Media. In addition to her writing, Kelli has spent twenty years studying Ukranian culture. Kelli lives in Florida.

Find out more about Kelli at http://kellistuart.com.
PinterestInstagram

Reviews

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    This is one of the most well-written books I’ve ever read.

    Kelli Stuart has gathered true stories from years of research and combined them into a work of historical fiction that will break your heart yet strengthen your faith at the same time. Though at times difficult to read due to the subject matter, Stuart writes with sensitivity and tact while still conveying sheer horror at the level of depravity to which man can sink.

    One thing I really liked about this story was that she was able to focus on four completely different characters who saw the war through four unique perspectives, encompassing both sides of the war through both Ukranian and German characters, and managed to make me invested in the outcome of every single one.

    Written by Tammy is Blessed on July 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.ca/review/R1NZ7XCM4JFD1I/ref=pe_1086170_134824320_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    Kelli Stuart crafts an intriguing historical fiction that intertwines three unusual characters in one tale. The horror and hatred of the Holocaust and World War II is wrapped up in the compassion of strangers who did not let the Nazi dictator sway their inner compass. The story taught me a few new historical facts such as the occupation of Ukraine by Nazi Germany. Anyone who reads this book will certainly have strong feelings throughout the novel. The stories within this book will not be easily forgotten and this book is aimed towards an older audience.

    Written by Live To Read ~Krystal on July 23, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    This is a very good book set in a sad time of history during the Nazi occupation. The various narrative’s gives us various points of view of what happened to people on both sides.

    Written by A Room Without Books Is Empty on July 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Like-River-Course-Kelli-Stuart-ebook/dp/B01GQS73RM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469213943&sr=1-1&keywords=like+a+river+from+its+course

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    I loved the various narrators as it gave a good variety to how different people were affected by the war. You could tell this book was meticulously researched, it was filled with intriguing characters, a very solid story line and interesting dialogue, what more could one ask for? This was hands down one of the best WW2 fictions I have read in quite some time. A great book for old and young alike.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 20, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART {A LITFUSE BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW}

    The difference between this book and so many other stories about the war is that this one focuses on the often overlooked suffering that happened during that time in the Ukraine. Kelli’s writing is very descriptive and thus incredibly intense at times. The characters emotions are so raw and vivid that they jump off the page at you. There were moments that I had to put the book down and come back to it later because it was just too much for my heart to process.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on July 20, 2016

  • ‘LIKE RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    Learn intimate details about people during WWII, the author must have spent years researching for this book. It’s fabulous. I plan to read it again. The people we meet have stories to tell and those stories are raw…they will tug at your heart. The events were horrific…at times I had to put the book down and just thank God that I am so blessed. Reading this novel has left an impression on my heart that won’t go away.

    Written by Deco My Heart on July 19, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R1EN9BN92AUW4F?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    On their own, I did enjoy reading Luda’s and Masha’s point of views. Luda’s is a personal struggle that I cannot imagine most people being able to endure and I was glad to see her come out happy in the end. And Masha’s perspective offered more of what I had expected going into the story, someone actively surviving daily life directly under the Nazis.

    Written by Backing Books on July 19, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    The author gets inside the minds and the thoughts of those lives she writes about as if she had first hand knowledge of the horrific events and experiences. This is a story that needs to be told, and read, despite how painful it is. Kelli Stuart is a versatile writer who can adapt to light hearted entertaining fiction for young girls to intense works of historical fiction. Stuart proves herself as a gifted writer with an uncanny ability to get into the mind of those who no longer have a voice in order to tell their story. Through Kelli Stuart, the lives of those who suffered cruelly under Hitler continues to live.

    Written by The Lemon Bee Book & Blog on July 19, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/like-a-river-from-its-course-kelli-stuart/1122844897?ean=9780825486838#reviews-header

  • REVIEW OF ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    I believe this book would be a great one for high school English teachers to add to their students’ reading list. The format is unique and worthy of literary acknowledgement all on its own; the chapters ‘rotate’ through four separate characters living in Ukraine during WWII. The discussions that could take place within the classroom as the students discuss the perspective of a father, his beloved daughter, a Nazi soldier, and a young lady hold hours of potential, as does the opportunity to write papers that could deal with the overall themes that come from within the book, to very specific topics of racism, rape, genocide, oppression, poverty, and many others.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R643FFHJSZ4YB/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • VERY WELL WRITTEN!

    Like a River From Its Course is an emotional, moving story that will leave you horrified by the depth of human depravity and yet inspired by the characters’ courage and faith in the midst of adversity. The author’s research shines through this book, as there is an air of realism that permeates the pages. The fact that I was reading about characters whose experiences were based on true stories made them all the more heart-breaking to read about. Kelli Stuart writes with a sure hand, with carefully crafted scenes and the ability to bring her characters to life. I can honestly say that I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend in the pages of this story, because Kelli Stuart has brought to life these stories in a way that will stay with me for a long time.

    Written by Christian Fiction Addiction on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RAZV0IJ102Q9M/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    If you enjoy reading historical fiction about WWII, this book is for you. Like a River from Its Course is told through the eyes of four different people. The story is told consecutively, but switches from person to person, which helps hold your attention. Buy it. You won’t be disappointed.

    Written by Wife, Mummy, Nurse on July 18, 2016

  • COMPELLING, RELEVANT, RIVETING

    If I had to express my thoughts in only one sentence, it would be this: If ever a book cried out to be read, it’s this one. Dealing with historical events not that familiar to me, Like a River from Its Course is riveting, dark, raw, yet hopeful and redeeming. It reflects the essence of humanity, from total depravity to selfless, tender kindness. It’s not a light read, nor is it an easy one – but it is compelling, relevant for today, and hard to put down. Truly unforgettable. A story not to be missed.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3S34AII5TSVSG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    This is a powerful book, sharing stories of several lives that will impact your very soul. I found myself with breaking heart and tears in my eyes periodically throughout. I’d have to stop often, just to take a break from it’s strength. But I also found myself eager to keep reading, to find out what would happen next in each person’s story.

    If you like history, and are especially interested in the second World War, you will want to read Like a River From Its Course. I might have my high schooler read it, as part of his history course.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RCO79CRSSHKVS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BOOK REVIEW

    This book was different from other World War II novels I’ve read before. There were four main characters. As each one explains the events around them from their point of view, you see their anguish and sometimes despair but also the resilience of the human spirit to perseverance. They are determined to survive. Sometimes the stories were difficult to read. You see the depth of human depravity and the lengths people will go to advance their “ideals.” Then there are stories of those who try to help those around them, even if it puts their lives in danger. You also see how God will use difficult and hard circumstances to show He is still there and is still in control. I like how the author wraps up the stories of these people you come to know.
    This was an excellent book!

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Like-River-Course-Kelli-Stuart/product-reviews/0825444144/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    The book is written with different perspectives, the chapter titles allowing you to keep track of who’s POV you are experiencing. These people felt so real. If you can’t get emotionally involved with the characters in this book- something is absolutely wrong.

    This book has all of the angst, heartache, and determination you expect from a WWII novel. If you have any interest in this subject matter-pick.this.up.

    Written by Mama Bear Outpost on July 18, 2016

  • BEAUTIFUL STORY

    Kelli Stuart writes with authority about World War II, Ukrainian people, the different countries and peoples affected by the war, different places people were killed and taken prisoners especially Babi Yar (the killing ditch), and how the people of these places were affected when the war ended. This book is unlike any I have read before.

    Written by For The Love of Books on July 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2N1HZZHOEXFLY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    It has been a quite a while since I’ve read a book that I absolutely cannot put down. I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I had not heard of Kelli Stuart so I just assumed that she was a new author that I’d check out, but probably wouldn’t be impressed by it. I know that was horrid though, but that’s my honesty. After reading many books and reviewing them for years, I’ve come across some new authors where I had to just keep pushing through the story. I was quite surprised that this book absolutely did not fall into that category. This is definitely one of my top books that I have read so far this year. Hands down one of the top books.

    Written by Pursuing Intentional Living on July 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Like-River-Course-Kelli-Stuart/dp/0825444144/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468808097&sr=1-1&keywords=like+a+river+from+its+course

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BOOK REVIEW

    This book is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. A compelling, deep, and complex story that had me reading for hours. At times the story was hard to read because it was so sad, but I still could not put it down.
    The author intrigues the reader immediately by the perspectives she gives through three Ukrainian characters and one Nazi. Each of their stories are intense as they are dealing with how the tragedies around them are affecting them personally. Also, this book was a history lesson for me as I learned so much about Ukraine and their history during WWII. Beyond the moving storylines the author provides rich and informative details about what was actually happening during that time. If you haven’t read it yet, please add this to your summer reading list.

    Written by Rejoice Evermore on July 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/f.html?C=3EWUX9XMFO3LG&K=A228H1KUX9ZYOH&R=3Z4FBUO93PXO&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Freview%2FR3N4IQD5LIYHAP%2Fref%3Dpe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv&A=BJ3RRBLLGAAKUHEPA6OUKITL5GKA&H=KTPSNAMETO6ZJVK1JVMRREATPLGA&ref_=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ (REVIEW)

    This book made me hungry to keep reading. I never got confused about the families or situations in the novel. I couldn’t wait to see how the stories intertwined in the end. I was enraptured, angered, sad, emotional… this novel will bring out every feeling you have. The realistic vibe of the characters and knowing that although this particular scenario did not take place – it is probably quite similar to what people were going through – it is a lot to take in. But powerful, and encouraging as well, and you will see the strength that people had to have, and the faith they grew in.

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3S7Q3FEFA75FU/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    Kelli Stuart’s WWII novel LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE, set in the Ukraine as Germany invades and then occupies the Soviet country is drawn from hundreds of true stories of hardship, brutality, and suffering heard from survivors as she visited the Ukraine. Fifteen years of research and study went into this book. Over seventy years after the war, the stories, while painful to retell or hear, also tell of resilience, courage and kindness which can never be forgotten. I believe Stuart has done a remarkable job of blending the essence of those remembrances she was privy to into a powerful novel.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on July 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Like-River-Course-Kelli-Stuart/product-reviews/0825444144/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewopt_srt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&filterByStar=positive&pageNumber=1

  • LIFE-CHANGING BOOK

    Kelli Stuart’s historical fiction debut, Like a River From Its Course, is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring; it is also much more than a story. It honors the men and women from the Ukraine who fought to keep living amid the ravages of a war they didn’t ask for. It honors the memory of those whose lives were brutally snuffed out long before they’d dreamed all their dreams. It honors those Germans and those Red Army soldiers who didn’t let evil do their thinking for them but instead offered kindness and compassion and respect. And it reminds us living in our world today, where evil seems to dominate every news report, that “for all the evil, there is an awful lot of good.”

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R17YCYZ9RUEWNF/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    A gripping tale, I was riveted to its pages. So much of this era on the European side is unknown to me. Even though I’ve spent hours and hours reading World War II volumes and biographies. I was totally unaware of how it affect the Ukraine. The author takes you into the dark, gritty shadows of the War, the Nazis, the struggle, and the quest for love and redemption amid ashes. This novel is worthy of shelf-space for any WWII history buff or fiction-reader.

    Written by Coffee Cups & Camisoles on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1RSJC4FID9BL0/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • THIS BOOK IS IN PARTS TOO BEAUTIFUL TO PUT DOWN AND TOO TRAUMATIZING TO TAKE LIGHTLY.

    This book is in parts too beautiful to put down and too traumatizing to take lightly. When I first started to read this book I didn’t think I could finish it because it moved me so deeply by its horrifying tragedies unfolding page after page. But then I read this: “You’re safe and you will be loved here.” And I thought isn’t that what everyone longs for? And this amazing story that Kellie Stuart has created is just that. It is a story of love given in different ways to those ravished by brutality and evil. It really shows how love; the giving and receiving of love can change the course of one’s life.

    Written by Reading for Books on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3PJ74IGYRQ421/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    This book is told in alternating voices. I found it to be very dark, with no sense of hope, and hard to read. It was not enjoyable. I’ve read a good number of books set in WWII and none of them were as disparaging as this book. I was 12 when I read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and I remember the feeling of hope and faith I felt at the end of that book.

    Written by Radiant Light on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RUGK6VXNJ1GLI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GQS73RM

  • UGLY AND BEAUTIFUL!

    Every once in a while an author and story come along that absolutely slays the reader. Like A River From Its Course and Kelli Stuart fall into this category for me. The stories of Frederick, Luda, Ivan and Maria (“Masha”) touched a place deep within my heart and soul and left me spent by the end of the book. Their stories are ugly but yet beautiful. Holding nothing back, Stuart adeptly gives the reader a picture of the tragedies of war in the Ukraine, covering 1941-1947. The story is told in the voice of the characters themselves, adding a depth to the book that would have been lost otherwise. At times I thought, “I just can’t read another line!” However, Stuart urges readers own through complex characters and a story that you can’t help but be invested in from page one. I encourage you to read this book written from over 15 years of the author’s research and study. You will walk away changed and believe it or not very, very hopeful.

    Written by Mother of Three on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3V3BPE5DK9VX/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BOOK REVIEW AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    This was such a great book! I love historical fiction, and this was by far one of the best I have read. The development of the characters was deep and real. I would highly highly recommend this. If I was teaching sociology or history still, I would seriously consider making this a suggested reading. It was so good. It definitely reads as fiction. But with the history aspects, I think it would definitely be good for a book report or spark in-class discussions.

    Written by Finding My Yellow on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1HNW5R0YHL0A4/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • CHALLENGING BUT MEMORABLE READ!

    Out of the Holocaust came the phrase “Never Forget”. Despite my struggles reading some very heavy material (including mass murder, life [and death] in concentration camps, and rape), this book is a needed voice today. Like a River from Its Course helps the reader to remember the Holocaust, and stands as a memorial to Jews and those who helped them during such dark days.

    Hope exists in this book, and beauty, amidst the darkness. “There is some good in the world,” Sam Gamgee in The Two Towers film version notes, “and it’s worth fighting for.” This holds absolutely true in Kelli Stuart’s work; the good struggles against the bad, and cannot be defeated.

    Written by Meagan Davenport on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2YXTC5GBEC2UC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART … AND A KINDLE PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!

    I have read a number of fiction books about World War II, but none quite as engaging as this. It is unique in its perspective (Ukraine), as well as with the diverse POV’s the readers follow throughout the story. Also, none of the main characters are Jewish. This book is Stuart’s historical fiction debut, and it shows that she has a very promising future in this genre. The research is detailed, and she seamlessly weaves in history. This is a gripping, eye-opening tale which puts a face to the atrocities of war. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Edits & Reviews by Leslie on July 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GQS73RM/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

  • HEARTBREAKING & INSPIRING ALL IN ONE!

    This book was so heartbreaking, unbelievable and so interesting. I have never read about what the Ukrainians went through during WWII. I seriously had to take breaks from reading because it was so heartbreaking and emotional. Stuart writes with so much emotion that I can feel and see everything as though I was there.

    If you are interested in WWII history and learning about what the Ukrainians had to go through, Like a River from Its Course is a must read! But be prepared to be horrified, saddened and amazed at the strength and resilience these people had during WWII!

    Written by The Review Stew on July 14, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ORKT7GLGHDTB/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ #BOOKREVIEW

    Every so often I read an amazing book that just makes me stop and reflect on what I would do if I was ever in a similar situation. I really don’t think anyone actually knows what they would do in the same situation as others considering that each circumstance is never the same. So many different elements can dictate the outcome, which is what I enjoyed the most about this novel

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on July 13, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R13BR9NZDP0ZD6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GQS73RM

  • REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    This story starts in 1941 and ends in 1947. We have front row seats as we walk with each character and their circumstances as this reign of terror pours out in their country. At times I wanted and did put this book down, only to pick it up again because I wanted so badly to see some hope. And there is. Author Stuart did a wonderful job of presenting the gospel message, not in a preachy matter but in a real world scenario.

    Written by Pause for Tales on July 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3C6XM89XP3XXV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    I loved getting to know these characters and their lives during such a trying time. It gave me all the feels, laughter, tears, anger, bitterness, fear, all of them. I was especially drawn to the plight of Masha and Luda. They are both very strong female characters that are well-developed and totally believable. I found myself rooting for them both, as I lived their experiences right alongside them.

    Written by Thoughts on books on July 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RWK43Z7JJ82TP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART (REVIEW AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!)

    Like a River from Its Course is simply unforgettable, a journey through the lives of four individuals and their families touched irrevocably by WWII in Ukraine. As I sit here contemplating what to write in my review, I think how can my words do this book justice? How can it relate the vast array of emotions I felt reading it? I was both deeply touched and horrified by the events that the characters experienced. I cried and had to put the book down on several occasions, but I also rejoiced at the bravery and love displayed at a time of fear and depravity.

    Written by Library of Clean Reads on July 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RTMWSW7AOGGMV/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • A REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    One of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read. The depth of the characters was outstanding and I found myself reading slower as I was near the end – I didn’t want it to end! Despite the raw & heartbreaking circumstances surrounding each character, there are ribbons of truth scattered throughout the novel that bring hope.

    Written by Caroline TeSelle on July 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1MPVO5WRBPYPX/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • KRITTERS RAMBLINGS

    First, what really made me love this book was that not only did you hear from citizens in the occupied country but one of the perspectives was from a German soldier. I am not sure if I have ever read a book that really portrayed why he felt that the war was necessary. I am not sure he convinced me of his cause, but it was at least interesting to see it through his eyes.

    I also loved that this was more than a book about war. It was a book about family relationships and love and loss all of those things in between.

    Written by Kritters Ramblings on July 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R18JX3O3E2W0ZQ?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    Sometimes life is about living the hard stuff and not letting it cripple your heart to the point that empathy is impossible. Maria, Ivan, and Luda show us how to live courageously in the face of heart-crippling loss and Frederick shows us the consequences of placing our hopes in an ideal that cannot survive.

    I would recommend this book due to the well-researched plot line, the intriguing characters and the distinctive voices of the characters. Kelli Stuart has written a novel that encompasses a significant period of time in our collective history, one that is worth reading and passing along to friends.

    Written by www.welcomegrace.com on July 11, 2016

  • A BOOK OF SORROWS. HARD TO READ. NOT MUCH HOPE OR JOY.

    I found this book difficult to read. The four separate characters weren’t woven together as much as I was expecting and the spiritual thread was almost non-existent.

    Written by A Cooking Bookworm on July 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3118IC2RUYEHD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    This is a must summer read in my opinion! Don’t miss it! I loved this historical fiction and Applaud Ms. Stuart on a job well done!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on July 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary?ie=UTF8&asin=0825444144&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books#

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE is terrifyingly real. From the very first chapter, from the very first page even, I was roped into it. It was almost as if I was living it. The visions, the emotions, the life, I was terrified by it and thrilled by it and dragged into it all at the same time.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on July 7, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    From the first page to the final period, this WW2 story infringes on your emotions and its characters steal your heart. Kelli Stuart left a piece of her soul in this book and one cannot deny her accolades for the hours of research and contemplation given to its writing.

    Written by http://hopehearthome.com on July 7, 2016
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1P949UEL119Y1

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART & GIVEAWAY

    I don’t think there can ever be too many stories about the atrocities of what took place during WWII. To not speak of them makes it easy to forget and we must never forget. Like A River From Its Course is an emotionally heavy novel but Ms. Stuart does a beautiful job weaving in lighter moments that drew me closer to the characters throughout.

    Written by Natalie Walters on July 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RB284GPTSK4ND/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LOVED IT!

    Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart was heartbreaking and yet beautiful all at the same time. I love books like this one because they teach you things, and you get a glimpse into what people went through and experienced during World War II.

    Written by The World As I See It on July 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TKP08QHSGO79/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BOOK REVIEW

    This is a wonderfully written book…each charter was brought to life through Kelli’s words. I had a hard time putting this book down…wanting to continue finding out what was next for each character. In my opinion one can’t go wrong with this book. I loved this story and didn’t want to see it end.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on July 4, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=0825444144&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&ref_=cm_cr_dp_wrt_btm&store=books&#

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    I thought that Kelli did a great job with sharing the stories and the lives of the four main individuals along with sharing about the Ukrainian culture as a whole and how this entire country was pulled into the midst of war and impacted. I highly recommend this book for those whom like to read historical fiction as this is filled with details and emotion that it will be hard to put down once you start.

    Written by Moments on July 3, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1VJBINWO9C6OQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    Let me start out by stating that this is a terrific story. It is everything that it could be all rolled up into one terrific package. It is a World War II thriller. It is a story that shows us the depths that a human soul can sink to but it also shows us the heights that the human soul can rise to.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on July 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ODHTP5M20B1X/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    This was well written, and the story telling was really good. The character development was good.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on July 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mezzo-Forte-Preston-Barclay/product-reviews/1938499093/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt_rgt?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=critical&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=1

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    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 survivers. 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.

    Written by Ramblings of a Marine Wife on June 30, 2016

  • FRESH WWII NOVEL

    I love WWII fiction and this one really stands out as something unique–partially b/c of the four narrators (which I don’t always love–but I fell in love w/all 4 of them!) and partially b/c it was about the German occupation in Kiev, something you don’t normally hear about in WWII stories. In fact, none of the main characters were Jewish. It was a wholly unique book—and based on actual events. I thought each character had a personal rich voice, the story was exciting, heart-breaking and still full of hope. Loved it.

    Written by ohAmanda.com on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R6PB5B30E4K53/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BOOK REVIEW & KINDLE GIVEAWAY

    Kelli writes each character with a realness that you might expect in a documentary. Maria, a young girl whose family’s world is turned upside down. Ivan, her father, and the horrors he sees and lives through. Frederick, the Nazi who has searched for his father’s acceptance, all of his life. Luda, the one who tugs at my heart the most, the girl who’s been broken from the start.

    Written by Woven by Words on June 29, 2016

  • GRIPPING WWII STORY

    Once in a while I finish a book, close the cover, and just sit back and say, “Wow!” Kelli Stuart’s Like a River from Its Course provided one of those times.

    This gripping story captured my heart and evoked almost every possible emotion from beginning to end. At times I smiled as I read; at others points I fought to read through my tears. Kelli showed the harsh brutality of war in a way that I could almost feel the characters’ hurt. But she balanced that brutality with beautiful accounts of kindness, hope, and love that provided promise for the future.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on June 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3ROYAB5P4P9YG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    This book was incredible! I hadn’t read much about what went on in Ukraine during WWII, so I found the book especially interesting. While it is a tragic, realistic look at war, it also is a wonderful story about hope.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 29, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    I hope you read this novel and share it with family and friends as well as visit the author’s website. There you will read what she did while in the Ukraine and who she talked to. I think how wonderful God gave her that moment to get their stories before they passed away as they left words of wisdom and a life with a testimony. I pray we will all be as faithful to God even in our times of not understanding, grief or some other experience. I pray too that we leave behind a legacy that will spur others to be courageous in the face of evil, be there for those who are downtrodden and teach others about the God we love and serve!

    Written by Seeking with all yur heart on June 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R13DWPPLNSRGD1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    The historical fiction lover in me is always excited to read that an author spent years gathering material and talking to people who lived through these horrific events of WWII in before crafting a novel from those stories. The time and effort spent in writing this story is immeasurable and my hat is off to Kelli Stuart for her dedication to “getting the story right” as I’ve heard it put.

    I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that this was hard to read at times and I had to put it down and come back to it after taking some time to process the horrific events that happened to so many during that time in history.

    Written by Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • AN EMOTIONALLY GRIPPING MASTERPIECE

    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 beings 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.

    Written by Leafy Not Beefy on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1QSJR2SH1WZNJ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444144

  • NOT TO BE MISSED BY FANS OF WWII FICTION!

    If you’re a fan of historical fiction, this powerful book is not to be missed. As I read Like a River From Its Course, I felt as though I was tumbling in a dryer, bouncing from one character’s viewpoint to the other. IN A GOOD WAY. Not all books can pull off that alternating perspective, but author Kelli Stuart mastered the technique in this book. I didn’t know much about the effect of WWII on the Ukrainian people before reading this book. Stuart’s research was quite evident, though, and it made that history come alive. The events play out like echoed memories; you can almost see the speaker looking off into the distance while telling the story.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2GCS9I9E3LV3Z/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BY KELLI STUART

    I was captivated from the first chapter! The (Ukrainian/German) world presented by this talented author was engrossing and accurate.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.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RUKU3H6DYY822/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • A HEART-WRENCHING, EMOTIONAL TITLE!

    World War II novels are very dear to my heart, as you may have seen, and that’s why I simply couldn’t pass this gem up. Like a River From its Course is challenging to read at times, due to the realistic horrors Ms. Stuart writes about. She does however keep everything to kind of a PG-13 level and doesn’t go further. I appreciated the new perspective on the war from the Ukrainians, it was a different look. They faced horrible things like many other countries.

    Written by Writings of Rosie on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZG2XPAL2C6CL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    Like A River From Its Course is an amazing book. This book will have you so entranced by the stories. I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a wonderful read. This is definitely now a favorite of mine. These stories correspond with the history of World War II. Like A River From Its Course gives you a raw view into what people went through during Hitler’s reign.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R131WL1UF2YXYS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    You will be awed, blown away, and driven into the Ukraine world full force and head on. There’s no going back. I don’t think I’ve turned pages in a World War II novel so quickly.

    Written by Saved by Grace on June 28, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    The kind of story that seeps into your bones and makes your heart hurt and rejoice all that the same time. Gripping. Evocative. Raw. This isn’t a novel for the faint of heart, but it is one that deserves to be read and celebrated in memory of the many victims and survivors of the atrocities inflicted on the Ukrainian people by a brutal Nazi regime.

    Written by Best Reads on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2PZODKBEZT15Z/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • KELLI STUART’S ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’ BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE PRIZE PACK

    Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart is an emotionally gripping story. This is the first book that I have read by Kelli Stuart it sure won’t be my last.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on June 27, 2016

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    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 that 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. 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. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in stories of WW II. I received a print copy in return for my honest review.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books – http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2BBZ4KNHAJEO3

  • ‘LIKE A RIVER FROM ITS COURSE’

    The story is an amazing blend of hope, pain and forgiveness. With moments of horrendous pain and suffering, we are also balanced with moments of kindness and compassion that will make you belief again in humanity. This novel is powerful, touching, moving and very special. You will not regret one moment spent with it and share with your friends.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R21YC5I2F42XI0/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv