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10 thoughts on “The Story of Us

  1. says:

    4 stars for a story of a family in occupied Ukraine during WWII This is a book about hardship loss and a rift between family members caused by decisions that result in death Natasha and Lisa are sisters living in Kiev Ukraine A German soldier shoots their Grandmother while she is protecting Natasha from the soldier about to rape Natasha He is about to shoot Natasha when a Hungarian soldier shoots the German soldierMark the Hungarian soldier and Natasha fall in love But Natasha does not tell anyone in her family because the Germans will kill Mark if they find out German reprisals cause the rift between Lisa and Natasha If you enjoyed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah you will enjoy this book alsoTwo uotes Initial occupation of Kiev Sept 1941 But even with her back turned she could still see a dark cloud hanging over Kiev A dark cloud seemed to swallow the entire city whole There was nothing left not even a glimmer of hopeJews going to their death at Babi Yar Rumour or not the condemned kept walking The doomed procession was a terrifying sight Poor lost souls ambled past Natasha's window heads bent eyes dull feet dragging with Ni guns pointed at them As she watched the horrific river trickle towards Babi Yar the human river that far from diminishing had grown to almost twice its original size her every bone her every vein was chilled #SistersofWar #NetGalleyThanks to HarperCollins for sending me this eARC through NetGalley

  2. says:

    45 StarsSisters of War by Lana Kortchik is a FANTASTIC historical fiction novel I loved it so much World War II is my favorite time period to readSisters of War is about World War II in Kiev The story spans from the Nazis entering Kiev until the end of the war This was the first book I read about Kiev during World War II I love reading uniue stories from World War II and this was uniueFull review

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    Thank you to the author for providing me a free e copy in exchange for an honest reviewActual Rating 5I am absolutely speechless this book was amazing Savaged Lands follows Natasha Smirnova during World War II Despite Stalin's promises to protect the Ukrainian capital Hitler is rapidly gaining power and Natasha's peaceful world is shattered In the midst of so much pain and danger Natasha meets Mark a Hungarian soldier fighting against the Red Army but their relationship will have dire conseuences if they are discovered As the war continues destroying everything she has ever known Natasha can do nothing but hopeThis book was absolutely beautiful The plot was heartwrenching and realistic and the portrayal of love and loss really brought tears to my eyes For someone who was never really a fan of historical fiction this book is going to go down on my list as one of my favourites Everything that happened seemed to open my eyes further into a world in the midst of war and I thought that the love story was beautifully incorporated The delicate balance between romance family and historical fiction was harmonized extremely well and in the end Savaged Lands was a story about all types of loveThe characters were so three dimensional Each and every character had good and bad aspects to them like how real people are It is so easy to separate people into villain and victim and generalize groups of people based on the actions of a select few but this book talked about how important it was to remember that everything is not so black and whiteThere are Nazis and there are Germans Big difference replied Grandfather his voice nothing but a hushed murmur in the shady roomThis was definitely one of my favorite moments in the book and I can't stress how much this still applies today The relationship between Natasha and Mark would be complicated of course and I thought their story was so beautiful and realistic there were people who looked down on them and people who supported them no matter what and all these different dynamics between characters only accentuated the struggles they had to face in order to be together during such a dark timeThe main character was extremely likable and relatable as well one thing I really respect about Natasha is that she does not read like cliche heroines; there's none of that heroic savior vibe about her What we actually get is a realistic character that is a hero only in her own book her compassion was what made her special and allowed her to be strong and the fact that she was so determined to live and love was what made her a hero on her own termsLike I've said before this is not just a love story There are so many other factors to take into account and the author's beautiful writing definitely pulled me in and allowed me to feel the pain and happiness that everyone was feelingOverall this is a book that I would recommend to everyone it was such a beautiful journey and I would definitely revisit it again

  4. says:

    I am a big fan of HolocaustWWII Europe era novels as many of you know This was a first for me as I had not read anything about the Nazi occupation of Kiev and parts of the Soviet Union in a fictional senseOnce I started reading Savaged Lands I was hooked Natasha's life was fraught with uncertainty and yet she still clung to the hope the German occupation would end Miss Kortchik takes the reader on a whirlwind journey full of emotions; loss love and faith in this well researched novel I really don't want to say but this is certainly not a novel to miss for historical fictionromance fans I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Savaged Lands by Lana KortchikHow does one find the words to describe something so special so wonderful I don't knowLana Kortchik's book Savaged Lands is a story about a family called the Smirnous who lived in Kiev during WWII when the Nazi's occupied their cityWait and Hope was all the family could do as they lost friends and family members This story has many surprising twists to it When you think things couldn't get any worst for this family it does time and time againI didn't want this story to end it's one of those books you hold close to your heart and don't want to let go By the time I got to the last page I felt I knew these wonderful characters well Lana talks of such tragedy hard times loss betrayal sorrow love and happiness with such class and sophistication for one so young she left me speechless and wanting Such woe was there in this story but such love it will melt youSharon Laker

  6. says:

    275 stars Kiev 1941 Natasha Smirnov and her family witness the arrival of German soldiers in their city and it isn't too long until the citizens see the conseuences of war Most of the story is a love story as Natasha falls in love with a Hungarian soldier named Mark When Natasha and her brother Nikolai find an unconscious Red Army soldier named Yuri the family finds themselves working against the Nazis and Natasha finds herself torn between two men fighting on opposite sides I read this book in a matter of hours but I felt interested by the author's note than the whole love triangle Thanks to Netgalley for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. says:

    There is so much I want to say about this book but honestly words can't describe the way I feel about it I also don't want to give any spoilers It was heart breaking but heart mending all at the same time I cried smiled gasped and laughed while reading this book It will stay with me long after I've finished it It was heart wrenching to read what the Smirnova family went throughsuffered It felt like I was reading a true story of Natasha Smirnova It was like I was reading about her life The entire book I was hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen with the forbidden relationship between Natasha and Mark With all the devastation happening I really wanted something good to happen A psychic predicted in the book Natasha would marry a man with blonde hair and green eyesthis did not fit Mark's description This kept me hanging on the edge of my seat even There is a lot of sadness and devastation in this book but there is love too I still wanted answers at the endit wasn't a cliffhanger at all but if you read it you'll know what I mean Excellent writing and love story Grab your tissues I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    Sisters of War is set in Ukraine during World War II Natasha and her sister Lisa are two sisters whose lives are irrevocably changed by events beyond their control The story uickly becomes of Natasha’s story She falls in love with a Hungarian soldier who is part of the Nazi occupation force in Kiev Their relationship effects Natasha’s entire family Tension between the two sisters builds with devastating conseuencesThe deprivation and hardship as a result of the war is vividly depicted Parts of the story at least for me reuired a stretch of the imagination Everything seemed to lead to a tidy conclusion It was a good story but a little too long as wellThank you to Harper Collins publishers author Lana Kortchik and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this novel

  9. says:

    I went into this book knowing that it was going to be a dark foreboding read How could it not be with the subject matter used Savaged lands tells the story of one family's struggle during the German occupation of Kiev from 1941 to 1943 It revolves around one person in particular Natasha Smirnova a 19 year old woman who does everything she can to keep her family alive during the desperate times with a little help from Mark the Hungarian soldier that saved her life but at the same time risked his own in the process The betrayals the heartache the not knowingall within the family unit happen as a means to surviveIt isn't very often you find a book that touches on Russia's story during World War 2 and the atrocities the Russian people suffered under the hands of the Nazi's and for what it's worth this story is very well told and the attention to every little detail is well executed The author certainly did her research well I would say that this book was a highly emotional read as I found myself shedding tears at both the low and the high points of the story some scenes than others Natasha and her family faced one disaster after another throughout the book but the remainder managed to pull through You will find yourself rooting for this family to surviveIf you like World War 2 based novels I really do recommend this one highly I really enjoyed this read even though it was dark through pretty much the whole story with tiny little teasers of light at the end of the tunnelI have given this book a well deserved 5 rating and look forward to what the author comes up with next

  10. says:

    I love reading historical fiction set during WWII This time the story is set in Kiev Ukraine around three months after Hitler attacked the Soviet Union September 1941 The occupation that lasted a little over two years caused Kievans nightmarish terror and suffering hunger and difficulties prosecution and death I was completely captivated right from the first page with the rich and detailed descriptions of the daily lives of the people in Kiev as they live in fear full of anxiety and uneaseKortchik's writing was immersive touching and truly captivating I was drawn into the story and felt every pain suffered by the sisters and their family What people have gone through were harrowing as they suffer through Hitler's evil Though difficult I found the story hopeful as well and I really enjoyed this captivating read I highly recommend this book for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Nightingale and The Lost Girls of Paris A wonderful read not to be missed

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Nst all his principles on the side of the NazisBut as Natasha fights to protect the friends and family she holds dear she must face up to the dark horrors of war and the pain of betrayal Will the love she and Mark share be strong enough to overcome the forces which threaten to tear them apartThe Story of Us is a powerful tale of love loss and the power of hope set in Kiev during the Second World War perfect f. Savaged Lands

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