Sunflowers Beneath the Snow
by Teri M. Brown
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022
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 cold, starvation, and the 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 that 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.
A Note From the Publisher
"Sunflowers Beneath the Snow is a testament to the will and perseverance of women who embrace challenge and refuse to give up."
"a thoroughly absorbing read that teaches about Ukraine at a key, pivotal point in its history"
-D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
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A debut novel, based on a true story could be taken from today's headlines. A compelling three generational family story based in Ukraine tells a simplified version of the country's history from the 1970's to the 1990's and to the 2016 through the experience of the Rosomakha family. You see the effect of the Soviet Rule as it affects this family, then the country's independence in the 90's to the Russian takeover in Crimea in 2014.
A major thread of the book is loyalty to the family and the party. Christianity is discussed, not in a preachy way but in what does or doesn't believe in. A fierce love of family continues through the book.
The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and the title is very creative. The book is easy to read, with a couple of surprising twists and is tied together in the end. I would recommend this book for book clubs, bible studies, young women groups or simply for the joy of reading.
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review.
An insightful novel and with current affairs in Ukraine is particularly pertinent.
This follows 3 generations of women in Ukraine through Russian rule, communism, independence and invasion. Teri Brown presents a heartfelt story of survival through extreme circumstances and the determination of the people of Ukraine.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that this is based on a true story