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Push Not the River (A Compelling and True Historical Saga) (The Poland Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Based on the diary of a countess, this story will enthrall you.
A book club favorite and IPPI Gold Medal Winner!
Anna and Zofia~two cousins~different as sun from shade.
One chooses love and patriotism~the other, deceit and treason.
And yet~love binds them even as their country hurtles toward the abyss.
Suddenly alone in the world, Anna falls prey to the schemes of Cousin Zofia even as she falls in love with Jan, a patriot ready to put his life on the line for Poland’s Constitution. Zofia refuses to submit to an arranged marriage and will go to any lengths to avoid it, no matter who it may hurt.
Based on a true diary, "Push Not the River contains all the sweep and romance of the classic romantic epics, such as Gone with the Wind and Doctor Zhivago, with a heroine who remains strong in the face of both personal and political tragedy....Anna Maria's story is at once timeless and timely." --India Edghill, author of Queenmaker and Delilah
A panoramic and epic novel in the grand romantic style, Push Not the River is the rich story of Poland in the late 1700s--a time of heartache and turmoil as the country's once peaceful people are being torn apart by neighboring countries without and divided loyalties within. At the vulnerable age of seventeen, Lady Anna Maria loses both of her parents and must leave to go to live with relatives, thrusting her into a world of love and hate, loyalty and deceit. Even kind Aunt Stella, Anna's guardian who personifies Poland's courage and spirit, can't protect Anna from the uncertain future of the country.
Anna turns to love and comfort in Jan, a brave patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her beautiful and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her sights on the handsome young fighter. Thus Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia's jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions. Surviving several tragic events, some orchestrated by the crafty Zofia, a strengthened Anna learns to place herself in the way of destiny--for love and for country. Heeding the proud spirit of her father, Anna becomes a major player in the fight against the countries who come to partition her beloved Poland.
Push Not the River is based on the eighteenth-century diary of Anna Maria Berezowski, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution. Vivid, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable story of the metamorphosis of a nation--and of a valiant and resilient young woman.
"Based on an actual 18th century diary, the narrative . . . holds reader because of the cast of well-developed characters and the need to see how Anna and her young son will survive the latest crisis." Library Journal
"James Conroyd Martin is in every way a modern day Henryk Sienkiewicz, weaving history and stories together in an accessible and thrilling manner." Dr. Donald Pienkos, Political Science Professor Emeritus, UWMilwaukee
"PUSH NOT THE RIVER contains all the sweep and romance of the classic romantic epics, such as GONE WITH THE WIND and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, with a heroine who remains strong in the face of both personal and political tragedy. . . .Anna Maria's story is at once timeless and timely." India Edghill, author of QUEENMAKER and DELILAH.
"Enthralling. PUSH NOT THE RIVER is a wonderful historical saga in the grand romantic style. The plot never lets up: it gallops at breakneck speed through a vividly portrayed landscape." `Jane Feather, bestselling author of THE EMERALD SWAN
"Aristocrats and peasant, patriots and traitors, all come alive in this story, and the Polish soul is beautifully illuminated through ancient myths, folkways, and wisdoms." Jennifer Donnelly, author of THE TEA ROSE--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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-India Edghill, author of Queenmaker
"Push Not the River is a wonderful epic historical saga in the grand romantic style. The plot never lets up; it gallops at break-neck speed through a vividly portrayed historical landscape, against which we see the triumphant transformation of Anna . . . into a strong and powerful woman."
-Jane Feather, bestselling author of Kissed by Shadows
"James Conroyd Martin's vivid historical novel captivates the reader with its sweeping depiction of a bygone society on the cusp of violent change. Combining politics with intrigue and romance, Push Not the River gives us a glimpse into the turbulent era of late eighteenth century Poland and its people. Aristocrats and peasants, patriots and traitors come alive in this story, and the Polish soul is beautifully illuminated through ancient myths, folkways, and wisdoms. With his juxtaposition of the personal and political, Martin weaves a compelling tale of transformation--both of a remarkable young woman and her remarkable nation."
-Jennifer Donnelly, author of The Tea Rose
"Martin's novel transports the reader two hundred years into Poland's glorious past, a world of castles and manor houses. One woman's life provides a metaphor for a country which--with the Third of May Constitution--was the first to attempt democratic reform in modern Europe. While the attempt failed, Push Not the River sings of a people's pride and indomitable hope."
-Jan Lorys, director of the Polish Museum of America --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00IKXBG66
- Publisher : Hussar Quill Press; 2 edition (21 February 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 3334 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 431 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 335,648 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While in a time of mourning, she becomes trapped in a holding pattern which her world-wise and jealous cousin Zophia, orchestrates.
Anna's world comes crashing down as Zophia learns of her little cousins love for handsome aristocrat, Jan. A battle of wits begins, with disastrous consequences.
Zophia is absolutely selfish and almost beyond redemption, yet her quiet cousin loves her and can still see the good things around about her. But why, and how? That is hard to fathom.
This brilliant writing covers a few years and many different avenues as the Russians begin conquering Poland, piece by piece. There are the revolters and defenders, the traitors, the lords and kings; sub-servants, Gypsies and peasants, all going through the same murky waters as the whore Catherine, greedily rolls over the lands, crushing everything as she goes, climaxing in a brutal and disturbing end.
A fantastic historical journey for those who love not knowing what will be coming next. I absolutely loved it.
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I have no intentions of reading any more in this trilogy.