The Last Green Valley

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The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan

Summary from the Author:

In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves—murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans?

The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalin’s horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

Caught between two warring forces and overcoming horrific trials to pursue their hope of emigrating to the West, the Martels’ story is a brutal, complex, and ultimately triumphant tale that illuminates the extraordinary power of love, faith, and one family’s incredible will to survive and see their dreams realized.


My Thoughts:

This is a must read. It’s a story based on a real Ukrainian family during WWII. They were refugees saved from the Soviets and were marched into the “Fatherland” of Germany. As the Nazi’s hold on Europe shattered, so did this families dreams of freedom. It’s a harrowing book about survival, generations of Ukrainian sadness, and a family’s aspirations that win despite it all. This book couldn’t be more relevant as we watch the Russians invade Ukraine.

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