Sunday, November 20, 2016
The Cruel Romance, by Marina Osipova, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval
Serafima is a young girl full of hope for her future. Vitya, a Soviet officer, is her heart's desire and he is soon off to war. Not long after Vitya's departure, two German soldiers occupy Serafima's home where she and her mother are forced into servitude. Now living in their barn, with scarcely enough food to survive, they must cook, clean and wash for their captors.
Despite the atrocities endured by Serafima and her mother, there are moments when the women experience an occasional kindness proferred by the younger of the two soldiers.
In this heart-rending novel readers experience life through the eyes of a young girl whose fierce determination helps bring her through the darkest of hours. A revealing glimpse into a way of life, and a culture predicated upon spirituality, moral convictions and above all, pride, The Cruel Romance is a work of historical fiction which will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.
LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org