With everything that is currently going on with Russia’s War on Ukraine – this was a very good read about the background of Ukraine over the last fifty years and why this war is so important for Ukraine to fight for everything they’ve worked for those last decades.
This novel follows three generations of women and how each generation has brought about change and has had to live a little more of a different life than the mother before her. Starting with the 1970’s, Ivanna does all she can to work for her country and give them everything she can to show her loyalty and gratefulness for all they do for her and her need to give back to them. When her husband is found dead, her life takes quite a change and she now has to raise a daughter on her own.
Yevtsye knows to never ask about her father, and that after he died her mother became a different person. As adulthood comes, Yevtsye meets a man who has her questioning things, and looking at their country in a different way. She struggles to understand her mothers devotion to the country who has done only harm to their citizens in Yevtsye’s eyes and as the country shifts, Ivanna is hard pressed to understand how her daughter and son-in-law can be joyous about this change and everything her generation has worked for is to be forgotten.
Lastly, Ionna is lucky to have parents who work at a university, food on the table, and a roof over their heads. Yes, her parents at times have struggled and her grandmother has many stories of her life, and raising her mother on her own but Ionna has not had to live in fear of when she will eat next or standing in a food line for hours for nothing at all. She gets an opportunity of a life time and comes to America under a summer camp program and now has struggles of her own to overcome.
I really loved how this novel was written with the three generations of these women, their struggles and the next generation having to learn and understand the past. I also loved the ending! Thank you to the author for the free autographed novel, and to Suzy Approved Book Tours for the invite. I really did learn a lot about the history of Ukraine.
Release Date: January 25, 2022
About The Book
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 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.
About The Author
Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown graduated from UNC Greensboro. She began her writing career helping small businesses with content creation and published five nonfiction self-help books dealing with real estate and finance, receiving “First Runner Up” in the Eric Hoffman Book Awards for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, finalist in the USA Best Books Awards for How To Open and Operate a Financially Successful Redesign, Redecorate, and Real Estate Staging Business and for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, and Honorable Mention in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for Private Mortgage Investing. In 2017, after winning the First Annual Anita Bloom Ornoff Award for Inspirational Short Story, she began writing fiction in earnest, and recently published Sunflowers Beneath the Snow. Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others. Teri’s debut novel, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, is a historical fiction set in Ukraine. Learn more at www.terimbrown.com.
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“A compassionate, balanced, and engaging look at generational conflict—and resolution—during social upheaval.” Kirkus Reviews
This novel is deeply character-driven and the author has done a superb job in developing the principal players in the story and inviting the reader to identify with and root for them…” – Readers’ Favorite
“Sunflowers Beneath the Snow is a testament to the will and perseverance of women who embrace challenge and refuse to give up.” – Feathered Quill
“A resounding novel that delves into the past and present of three generations of women who all have their own stories to tell.” – Independent Book Review
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