A few days earlier than usual for this regular blogspot because once I have told you what I am currently reading I expect many of you will want to rush out and buy it. Therefore it can’t wait.
What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently reading Sunflowers Beneath the Snow by Teri M Brown. It is historical fiction set in Ukraine between the 1973 and 2016, and was published last December by Atmosphere Press, and WOW I am loving it.
Book Blurb (taken from https://www.terimbrown.com/ )
A Ukrainian rebel. Three generations of women bearing the consequences. A journey that changes everything.
When Ivanna opens the door to uniformed officers, her tranquil life is torn to pieces – leaving behind a broken woman who must learn to endure the cold, starvation, and memories of a man who died in the quintessential act of betrayal. Using her thrift, ingenuity, and a bit of luck, she finds a way to survive in Soviet Ukraine, along with her daughter, Yevtsye. But the question remains, will she be strong enough to withstand her daughter’s deceit and the eventual downfall of the nation she has devoted her life to? Or will the memories of her late husband act as a shadow haunting everyone and everything she loves, including Ionna, the granddaughter who never knew him?
In Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, Teri M Brown explores the tenacity of women, showing that even in grueling circumstances, they can, and do, experience all the good things life has to offer – compassion, joy, love, faith, and wonder.
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About the Author
Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M. Brown now calls the North Carolina coast home. In 2020, she and her husband, Bruce, rode a tandem bicycle across the United States from Astoria, Oregon to Washington DC, successfully raising money for Toys for Tots. Teri’s debut novel, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, is a historical fiction set in Ukraine.
Learn more at www.terimbrown.com .
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
I am reading this historical fiction because it is set in Ukraine, and I thought it would be good to know more about that country. Currently I am about halfway through the book and find myself completely involved in the lives of the mother, daughter and granddaughter. Alongside the compelling stories of these 3 women, I am learning about life for ordinary people when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union and then what it was like after independence was achieved. I highly recommend the first half – and am looking forward to reading the second half. My review will be up on EmmabBooks.com soon.
While (I am reading it)
I have been enjoying a few warm hours at midday on the patio, with the old cat. We are surrounded by snow, yet it is hot in our sheltered corner. A perfect place for reading.
All the best, Emma