The Lost Daughters of the Ukraine

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Published by: Boldwood Books
Release Date: April 24, 2023
Pages: 398
ISBN13: 978-1804157725


A story of the strength of the human spirit, the personal cost of conflict and how love can be found even in the darkest times.

Summer 1941. War rages in Europe. The Germans march towards Ukraine. Halya, Liliya and Vika are no strangers to sorrow. They lost family during the Holodomor, loved ones in Stalin's purges, and war looms once more on the horizon.

Vika lives in fear for her children. She and her sister survived the terror famine by leaving their whole family behind. Now, years later, many believe the Germans will free them from the Soviets, but she’s not so sure. Should they stay in Volhynia or flee the approaching Eastern front?

Liliya has lost too much in her seventeen years. As those around her join the resistance, Liliya wonders how she can fight for her friends, family, and country. When the choice is made for her, can she find the will to survive and protect those still with her?

Twelve-year-old Halya is struggling to discover who she is. But as the war escalates, can her mother Katya’s tactics keep her safe from the Nazi soldiers rounding up slave laborers? How can a child survive the horrors of war on her own?

These daughters of Ukraine will face devastation and loss as they fight to survive and protect the ones they love.

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"Erin Litteken has a gift for prose that is both no-nonsense and tenderly emotional—much like her strong, stubborn characters who hold on dearly to their humanity and to each other through years of trauma and tragedy. A beautiful, hard-hitting tribute to her own family's history and to the people of unbowed, unbroken Ukraine."
Amanda McCrina, author of Traitor, The Silent Unseen & I’ll Tell You No Lies

"Litteken’s compelling, well-researched and moving storytelling soars as it brings to life a harrowing slice of history while intricately highlighting the past that echoes to the present day."
Marina Scott, author of The Hunger Between Us

"A multi-layered saga woven with history and heart. Litteken captivates with her cast of extraordinary, resilient characters. The Lost Daughters of Ukraine is an unforgettable gem of historical fiction."
—Paulette Kennedy, bestselling author of The Witch of Tin Mountain

"A powerful and heart-rending work of fiction that depicts the stunning strength and endurance of a Ukrainian family. Haunting and sorrowful at times, there is a steady light inside the characters that guides them toward a hopeful future. In times when it is sorely needed, this remarkable story is written with tenderness and courage. I can't recommend it highly enough."
—Kimberly Brock, bestselling author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

"Erin Litteken gives voice to WWII Ukraine with gritty authenticity...The Lost Daughters of Ukraine is a broom to sweep out Putin's propaganda."
—Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler & Winterkill