{Book Review} Sunflowers Beneath the Snow

Sunflowers Beneath the Snow tells the story of three Ukrainian women and their very different life experiences, through Soviet occupation to an independent Ukraine.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my enjoyment. All opinions are mine alone.

Book Review: Sunflowers Beneath the Snow

Sunflowers Beneath the Snow by Teri M. Brown

It is 1973 and the Soviet Union occupies Ukraine. The new Communist regime is increasingly oppressive, spurring one man – Lyaksandro – to do his part to counter the Soviets. He’s not overtly confrontational but secretly passes on little bite of information. However, Lyaksandro  is almost caught and is forced to flee Ukraine. His wife, Ivanna, is told that he died along with his lover. 

Sunflowers Beneath the Snow is the story of Ivanna, her daughter Yevtsye (Yevt), and her granddaughter Ionna, from Soviet occupation through the early years of Ukraine’s freedom. Continue reading “{Book Review} Sunflowers Beneath the Snow”

{Book Review} The Warsaw Orphan

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer is a story of love, tragedy, hope, and a fight for justice, from Nazi occupation to Soviet communist regime.

Photo of a book cover, The Warsaw Orphan

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

It’s 1942 and Elzbieta Rabinek is a young girl with nowhere to do. The Nazis occupy Warsaw, Poland. Elzbieta is not allowed to go to school or go on many outings. Bored, she befriends her neighbor Sara and starts sneaking away to spend time with her new friend each day. But one night, Elzbieta stumbles upon Sara’s secret and she can’t look back.

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