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Winter Sky by Chris Stewart

Winter Sky

by Chris Stewart

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3.5 Emotionally stirring, the ending gave me goose bumps. The war is close to over, the Russians are advancing, the Germans retreating but for one Polish town, caught in the crossfire, they are barely existing. Burned and bombed out houses, starvation ever present, most of the young men gone, leaving women, children and the elderly simply trying to exist. Into their midst a young man is dropped from a train, his memory gone, his only item of value a torn picture of a man, a woman and a young child, who he assumes to be himself and his parents. A young unknown woman, a two young children will be his salvation.

As in many towns caught in the crossfire of a war, they have suffered mightily, seen much horror and devastation. As in life there are those who betray and act in their own self interest, whatever the cost and then there are those in the same circumstance that will offer aid and help. There is a German officer who instead of leading his command away from the encroaching Russians as he has been ordered, will follow his own personal vendetta and refuse to retreat. The reason for this will become apparent as the novel progresses.

Despite the war, this is a novel of hope, hope that they will live to see another day, that things can get better. The children are amazing characters, Cela, a young eight looking after her younger brother after both parents are gone. She has had to grow up way too fast as many did during this time. Yet, she will be instrumental in this story. There is also the unexplainable, things that happened that can't be accounted for rationally but nicely adds to this story.

A shorter novel but within is a small, personal glimpse of a horrible time. A time when few choices were afforded, but in some hope remained.

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  Beamis12 | Sep 24, 2016 |
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Lucas is a fighter in the Polish Resistance Movement during World War II. But when he wakes up in the trenches after a long night of being shelled, he finds his ears bloody and his memory gone. All he has left is a torn photograph of a man and woman and ayoung boy. Could the child be him? Four days later, on December 20, Lucas is dropped off on the train platform of a bombed-out Polish village. Nothing is familiar, though his buddies assure him that this was his home town. In the middle of death and destruction, Lucas begins the search for his family.… (more)

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