Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Calm Before the Storm (review)

Calm Before the Storm by Janice L. DickMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThe year is 1914. All is idyllic on the Hildebrandt’s Succoth estate in Crimea—but for the death of mother. This has left the well-to-do Hildebrandt family (father Heinrich, children Katarina [16], Maria [14], Peter, Nicholas, and Anna) wifeless, motherless, and without a teacher.… Continue reading Calm Before the Storm (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction, Personal

It Happened in Moscow (review)

It Happened in Moscow: A Memoir of Discovery by Maureen Klassen My rating: 4 of 5 stars It Happened In Moscow begins with a surprise phone call to Herb and Maureen Klassen’s Moscow apartment in 1993. That call opened a Pandora’s box of secrets. Herb’s parents (C.F. and Mary Klassen) had immigrated from Russia to… Continue reading It Happened in Moscow (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Personal

In a Foreign Land (review)

In a Foreign Land by Janice L. Dick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Daniel and Luise Martens have built up a successful farm in northern China. The year is 1945 and fifteen years have passed since the Mennonite villagers from Slavgorod Colony of Western Siberia have escaped their Russian oppressors (story told in The… Continue reading In a Foreign Land (review)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Personal

Red Notice (review)

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder My rating: 4 of 5 stars With a special talent for sniffing out stock that would make money for his clients, Bill Browder and his company Hermitage Capital did very well beginning in the mid-1990s from their… Continue reading Red Notice (review)

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical fiction

Anna Karenina (review)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve just finished reading Anna Karenina—that 140-year-old tome by Leo Tolstoy. I read it on the recommendation of another old book—If You Want to Write (first published in 1938) by Barbara Ueland. (By the way, Ueland’s book is one of the most inspirational books… Continue reading Anna Karenina (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Other Side of the River (review)

Other Side of the River by Janice L. Dick. My rating: 5 of 5 stars Luise Letkemann and Daniel Martens have been sweethearts for almost as long as they can remember. Luise expects they will marry soon. But the spring of 1926 is not a time life goes along according to expectation for the lovers… Continue reading Other Side of the River (review)