Winter Sky by Chris Stewart
In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II, a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland’s “Devil’s Rebels” fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could this be him?
Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance – news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.
But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?
New York Times bestselling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.
I'm a big fan of historical fiction, but I hadn't read any of Chris Stewart's books, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Winter Sky. I was happy to find a very engaging and suspenseful novel full of heart. I was intrigued right away and my attention was held throughout the book. The amnesia pulled me in, but I didn't realize the resistance fighter still had so much lost from his mind until the end.
Winter Sky is a relatively short book (just under 200 pages), but it felt complete. I had time to become invested in the characters, and didn't feel that it was lacking in plot or character development.
I highly recommend Winter Sky, and plan on reading it again.
Let me just start out by saying that the ending made me cry. But in a good way. The story started out kind of disjointed for me, but it didn't take too long for things to pick up and for me to get completely involved in the story.
I feel like the author did a really good job of portraying how life was like for the Polish people during the war, and he even made you feel some sympathy for the traitors, who were doing anything they could to help their families survive.
Definitely a story full of heartache and sorrow, but also some joy. I would definitely recommend this book.
About the Author:
Chris Stewart is a multiple New York Times bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books, has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and has released titles in multiple languages in six countries. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot (fastest nonstop flight around the world) and former president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company. Currently, he is a U.S. Congressman representing the 2nd Congressional District in Utah.
Title: Winter Sky
Author: Chris Stewart
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: September 2016
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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