"...What they encounter in Russia is worse than they could have feared and pushes them beyond what they thought they could endure. The author does a wonderful job of creating a cast of complex characters who are understandable, if not always likable. The book is difficult to put down, enticing you to read a few more chapters before bed. In the end, the book leaves the reader fully satisfied, but the story never fully leaves your mind. " --The US Review of Books
"Can a story about adopting a child be called a thriller... This book seems so real...I had decided that I was going to describe this as a long book but I don't think that is a correct description. I realized that the tense and suspenseful moments were written so well that the book was not long but rather I was uncomfortable wanting to solve those problems the family had to endure. Another sign of good writing. Definitely a book to read or put on your wish list." Bookaholic
"...This was a totally great read, the descriptive elements in relation to the Russian winter had me almost put a wooly jumper on, I felt cold... It was a great plot and enlightens us into the stress and procedures families have to go through when dealing with adoption, and even more so when it is from a foreign country...Believe me you will be up and down with this book, it's one of those that grip you and will not allow you to put it down..."5* Review by Lillian Flesher of Lilian's Bk Blog
After the USSR collapses, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving gun-slinging days of the frontier west, mild-mannered Ethan and fiery Sophia board a plane bound for Russia. They hope to prevail with their homespun plan to secure their son's safe passage to America. What can go wrong? Maybe, an innocent ill-fated encounter with the Mafia or maybe, being marked as a target for mob revenge. Perhaps, having to rely on a first-time adoption coordinator to complete the process and shelter them from harm. Honestly, what won't go wrong?
Inspired by a true story, Beautiful Evil Winter resonates as epic Historic Fiction about the human capacity for hope, the traumas that shape our lives and the hardships we'll endure for love. Beautiful Evil Winterhas earned a list of accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award for "...writing of significant merit" and a Readers' Favorite International Book Award. Beautiful Evil Winter holds special appeal for resilient, smart, resourceful women who rescue themselves and the proud, grateful, unburdened men who love them.
For mature audiences only. DLSV.