Welcome to the book tour for A Silver Willow by the Shore by Kelli Stuart. I absolutely loved this book. Keep reading for my review. US readers can enter to win a Kindle Fire Tablet with Alexa Hands Free + $50 Amazon Gift Card!
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A Silver Willow by the Shore
By Kelli Stuart
Adult Historical, Contemporary, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
October 15th 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press
How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past?
When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies—a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences.
A Silver Willow by the Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia, to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow, to present day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.
My review of A Silver Willow by the Shore
Yes. What he said. Exactly that. I read this book in 2 days. It is brilliant.
A Silver Willow by the Shore captivated me. Several weeks ago, I read a book called Cilka’s Journey, and I think that was the first time I’d ever read about Siberian gulags. So, when I was reading Elizaveta’s childhood memories in the gulags, I had a point of reference. Awful things happened to her, and she has so many secrets that she has lived with almost her entire life. Those secrets guided her; they made her fearful and overly protective of her daughter Nina.
Of course, Nina didn’t understand her mother because she didn’t know the secrets her mother guarded. When Nina left Moscow, her mother was worried and scared. To Nina, that fear looked like a controlling, unloving mother. What she didn’t know about her mother is heartbreaking. But, Nina was happy…until her mother moved in with them. And, Nina had no idea the way that her mother’s presence affected the way she then treated Annie.
It made Annie feel alone. Half of her life was spent watching the tension between her grandmother and her mother. So, Annie learned to keep secrets too. Her biggest secret changes everything in this household of women. When her pregnancy is finally discussed, they start to talk to each other more. They find commonalities, and the ice begins to melt.
A Silver Willow by the Shore was so well-written, and it is obvious that the author researched Russian history in depth. Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie have so much depth to their characters that I could swear if I drove down to Tennessee, I could visit them.
A Silver Willow by the Shore is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read the end. I loved it and think you will too.
About the Author
Kelli is a wife, mother, novelist, and the driver of a smoking’ hot minivan. When she isn’t wrangling her five children, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard. Kelli is the award winning author of Like a River From Its Course, her debut novel which won the ACFW Carol Award for Best Historical and was nominated for two Christy Awards. Kelli is also the co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom with Wendy Speake. You can find more information on her life and writings at www.kellistuart.com.
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Ends November 20, 2019