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"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

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Looking for historical fiction that will transport you to another time and place? One with the sweep of a Doctor Zhivago?

Based on the diary of a countess, this story will enthrall you. 

A book club favorite. 


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.

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.

"James Conroyd Martin is in every way a modern day Henryk Sienkiewicz, weaving history and stories together in an accessible and thrilling manner."  Dr. Donld Pienkos, Political Science Professor Emeritas, UWMilwaukee



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3334 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Hussar Quill Press; 2 edition (21 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IKXBG66
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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