Remembrance Part One: A Time For War

Rated 4.50/5 based on 6 reviews
A brutally honest holocaust story as seen through the eyes of a Jewish teenage girl in occupied Poland. Anna witnesses the murder of her family,but still finds the strength to survive, scrounging out a life with Jewish Partisans in the forests. Here Anna experiences her first love, and amazingly finds beauty among the ravages of war, despite her wavering faith. More

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About A.K. Stauber

I live in rural Minnesota with my husband, four kids and our many pets. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, and I believe my love of reading helped me to build strong writing skills. My earliest favorite authors were V.C. Andrews (the original), Dean Koontz, Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. Today I enjoy reading teen fiction like the Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner series; suspense/thriller, some sci-fi, WWII, or stories about the complexity of relationships(ie; Kristin Hannah).

I had worked on my story"Remembrance" since 2009, although it was a story I had wanted to tell long before that. Ever since I read "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" I have become obsessed with the holocaust and have read every piece of information I could get my hands on, whether memoir, fiction and non-fiction- same holds true for movies. I have been studying this subject for over twenty years. There will be a sequel to "Remembrance" called "Perdition".

Review Rating: 5 stars!
Reviewed By Patricia Day for Readers’ Favorite

Remembrance: A Time for War by A.K. Stauber is a compelling story of the life and survival of Anna Krasynyk, a young Polish girl caught up in the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi extermination methods used against Jews. None of us know how we would react under horrific situations, and Anna is haunted by the fact that she had not managed to protect and save her five-year-old brother when the German SS arrived in their little community of Ludzow, Poland. She felt responsible for the outcome, which resulted in the brutal murder of all those she held dear. To me, she is nothing short of a heroine. Despite the appalling family losses which took her parents and siblings, she manages to dodge the German SS, as well as the traitors that some of her countrymen became.

The story will capture your attention and you might even find it impossible to put the book aside. I could not. Her pain is described with such skill that you will feel involved in her immense struggle. Her lucky escape will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her fight to survive takes her from orphan, to adult, to love. She is the reason two men compete for her love, despite the acutely dangerous and uncertain times in which they live. Which one she chooses, if any, is a part of the story that will remain undisclosed by me. Suffice to say she reaches adulthood with a clearer vision of what she needs to do for her future.

A.K. Stauber’s writing is beautiful. The story draws you in immediately and refuses to let you go. By the end of the book I felt I had been running alongside Anna. Wonderfully told and obviously well researched, it is a story of unforgettable bravery. I absolutely loved this book, despite its sad content.

Reviews

Review by: Stacy Decker on Feb. 25, 2015 :
"Remembrance: Part 1- a time for war” by A.K. Stauber is about a girl named Anna Krasynyk who is a survivor of the horrors of Nazi Germany. She witnessed her family being killed and is forced to flee, meeting other interesting characters along the way. This was unlike anything I’ve read before, and it surprised me how much I liked it, especially considering the somber backdrop. It’s tough to think about how this really happened, and that humans are capable of such horrors. The way that the author describes things makes it feel very realistic and lifelike. I am looking forward to part 2 of this storyline, as the ending seemed open for continuing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MegKing on Feb. 24, 2015 :
this book starts off in present day (it would seem) and then transports us to the past where the heroine Anna is remembering events from her life. We know we are in for unexpected twists and drama off the bat when it is revealed she has a Nazi # tattooed on her and the guy next to her is an Aryan SS… but that is nothing compared to all that goes down. It’s hard not to make some thin comparisons to “Diary of Anne Frank”, however, in my opinion this one is better in the sense that there is just so much “real time action” and parts where you have no idea what will happen, and the conversations with the characters are authentic and give a brilliant sense of realism. Looking forward to more for sure!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on Feb. 21, 2015 :
4.5 stars
First off, this was one of the more ‘beautifully’ written novels I’ve read in a while, and I couldn’t help but notice how that played off against the subject matter. Minor proofing/formatting glitches aside, overall the narrative, prose, and dialogue of the characters is some of the best I’ve read in a long while. And the story arc… You just absolutely cannot stop reading after the prologue, and the shocking events and continual building of tension and high stakes makes it almost impossible to put down at times. I noted at the end the author explains her passion and her goals in writing this book. Well, I’d say she nailed the human experience… it felt as close as if being there! I hope this story continues… I want to see where it goes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on Feb. 20, 2015 :
"Remembrance…” by A.K. Stauber packs a real punch. From the intriguing prologue, to the gut-wrenching opening chapters, we are transported back in time to another place and become a living part of history through Anushka (Anna) Krasynyk’s eyes. She is from a small town in Southeastern Poland … in the wrong place at the wrong time, so to speak. World War II is happening, and now she’s on the run for her life. We really feel her sadness, desperation, strength, and determination to survive, and I feel like I somehow learned something while reading this, like Anna and Pawel and Ditri and the other characters really gave some humanity to such an inhumane period of history. A riveting read that you won’t want to put down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on Feb. 20, 2015 :
oh my gosh… that was amazing! I need some time to process all that. This book was loaded with tension and drama and action… honestly even by the 15% mark I felt like I’d already been through the emotional wringer! And we were just getting started! In addition to the powerful storyline, the way the author A.K. Stauber writes is simply mesmerizing. Literary prose that is unexpectedly beautiful, even in the bleakest of scenes. But it makes you just want to keep on reading. There were some formatting glitches and some editing things, nothing too major, but I noticed some grammar and punctuation things. But nothing that hindered my overall enjoyment. I recommend this for fans of historical fiction, or anyone who wants to read a riveting, moving and well written novel of love and survival.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on Feb. 19, 2015 :
Wow, what an emotional and heart-wrenching story! I actually cried at a few places, and grew to admire Anna’s spirit and strength… she is a true heroine. The way that A.K. Stauber writes it is like we are really there in the middle of the war, on the run with Anna and the others. The writing is very descriptive, emotional, engaging and atmospheric. The attention to detail is amazing, and while I was reading it was hard to remember that this is a “made up” story, not a real account by someone who was actually there… the author has clearly done her research and it shows. An impressive read, one that I recommend for almost everyone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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