In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II, a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland’s “Devil’s Rebels” fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could this be him?
Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance – news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.
But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?
New York Times Best-selling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.
About the author:
Chris Stewart is a multiple New York Times bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books, has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and has released titles in multiple languages in six countries. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot (fastest nonstop flight around the world) and former president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company. Currently, he is a U.S. Congressman representing the 2nd Congressional District in Utah.
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In Emilee’s opinion:
I’m always drawn to World War II novels so I wasn’t surprised that I enjoyed reading Winter Sky by Chris Stewart. This was the first novel I read by Chris Stewart and I was pleasantly surprised by his remarkable writing. It was definitely gripping and I didn’t want to put it down. Winter Sky had a great message of God’s love. Yes, we go through trials and hard things but we are never alone. We can get through anything. But, are we willing to fight? “When the night is the darkest, are we still willing to fight? Will we keep on going when the only thing we have is hope?”
The story took place in December 1944. There were a few characters but the main one was a resistance fighter named Lucas. He lost his memory so we really didn’t know his name till chapter eight when he regained a few memories. He realizes that he is being hunted by German SS officers so he had to be careful where he went and who he spoke to. The only thing he had was a photo of possibly his parents. He meets a woman named Melina who makes him take two children with him. The adventure begins while he figures out how to save himself and the children. Will he make it to a safe spot? Will he find his family? This book was quick but packed full of adventure and suspense. It truly was a touching story from start to finish. I definitely recommend it.
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