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.
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Remembrance Part One: A Time For War
by A.K. Stauber
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Published: November 22, 2014
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.
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