Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: From Gluac to Freedom (Book 3 in the Volga Flows Forever Series)

I am reviewing this book for MediaGuests.

About the Book:
In my darkest hours, when worry and despair about the future of my family blankets my soul, I hear my father’s voice, giving me hope. On the day they dragged him to the gulag, he had looked at my mother with courage in his eyes, and said, “We are eternal; our faith, like the Volga, flows forever.”
The heroine of this powerful work, Katya, is a bright, energetic and resourceful Volga German girl, a worthy descendant of those first pioneers of the steppe we learned to know in the second volume. Katya is free to reveal, through her feminine creator, thoughts and circumstances often hidden to men. Sigrid artfully illuminates dress, colors, textures, foods and challenges as Katya embarks upon an adventurous escape from a gulag on the arctic tundra.

My Review:
This is the third book in the Volga Flows Forever Series and my favorite of the three. This is a truly emotional story of the Katya and the persecution her family endures under Russians. First under the czar and the under Stalin and the Communist regime. I felt like I was there with Katya the entire time.This is my favorite story of the trilogy. Sigrid Weidenwber did a wonderful job of telling the story of her life and Russia in a beautiful, heartfelt, and entertaining way. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys history or loves a good story. Here are the links to my reviews of book one and two.

About the Author
Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenwber remembers the horrific aftermath of fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under communism. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy “The Volga Flows Forever.” In her trilogy she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman, lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in Volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine’s edict.
Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

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