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Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards Winner!
Best Fiction Book of the Year 2013 
First Place: Historical Fiction


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Sofia stopped and faced Katerina; tears welled up iher pale blue eyes as she, too,

removed her facial covering. “Katerina you are as close to me as anybody has ever been. You are friend, companion, partner and confidant. If we were sisters we could not be closer. So I feel you already know the answer to your question. The Soviets do not care about any of us, we will never know what has happened to our children or husbands or any of our people. Future generations will never know we even existed…” she paused and turned Katerina to face the

path they had just traversed. The wind was blowing loose snow over their tracks. Sofia’s voice trailed away as she continued, “we will all

just vanish…like footprints in the wind.”

This is the best book I've read in ages. I learned so much about this lost generation of German-Russians and found this fictional family's story enfolded within the historical facts hard to put down. Anyone who loves historical fiction will like this book. "


This book is beautifully written and captures the pain and the spirit of the Germans in Russia, as they were ruthlessly mistreated by the Russians after the revolution and through the years of the Great Depression. It is a heart-wrenching story, difficult to believe, and yet it all happened. Thank you, Pamela Atherstone, for this well-written and touching novel."


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Copper and His Rescue Friends is a heartwarming tale. It is told in the first person from Copper’s point of view, and it’ll have the reader fighting back tears to the end. Copper is a curious dog, and he wants to know everyone’s story. What he learns from his rescue friends at Miss Lilly’s house is more than just hearing their touching accounts. Each is packed with important life lessons about tolerance, acceptance, family, and, most importantly, love. Hopefully, Copper’s tales will soften the hearts of young readers and teach them the importance of caring for their forever friends. Once you bring a pet into your home, it becomes a vital part of the family and should be loved and respected as such, not tossed out when things get difficult. These are powerful messages of love and endurance." Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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