Thursday, July 13, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Soldier’s Child



The Soldier's Child: A powerful and heartbreaking WW2 saga based on a true story


“He is mine, he is ours,” she whispers, as the tears in her eyes gather in the corners. She holds her baby tightly, her breath coming out in ragged gasps, knowing that she needs to give her child to her brother forever. But will she ever be able to tell her child the truth about who his real mother is?

Ukraine, 1941. War has ripped Katya’s country and heart in two. When two soldiers knock down her door and force her into a truck, she knows deep down that this might be the last time she ever sees home. As she is driven away to a labor camp, she looks out the tiny window at the barren winter landscape and thinks only of her son Alexander, who she was forced to leave behind and may never see again…

Decades later, Katya has tried to rebuild her life after the horrors of war, but she still clings on to the hope of being reunited with her precious son. But whilst Katya has stayed in Ukraine, little does she know that her son moved his family to America years before in search of a better life.

Can she find peace without knowing what happened to him? Will Katya ever be able to reunite with Alexander and tell the truth about who she is? Or will they be defeated by the war that has already taken so much from them?

Based on the incredible true events of the author’s family, this is an emotional and gripping story of family, struggle, and the unwavering strength of hope. Perfect for fans of The Four WindsBeneath A Scarlet Sky, and All the Light We Cannot See.




Title:   The Soldier’s Child
Author:  Tetyana Denford
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   350
Date of Publication:   July 10, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Forced to watch her child grow up under the care of her brother and sister-in-law has left Katya broken. Adding to that, war was underway and Katya’s home country of Ukraine was being torn to pieces. Now several decades have passed and Katya’s life began anew. However, her tragic past, how she was affected by the war and with a piece of her heart still missing, Katya hopes to one day reconnect with the son she was forced to give up. 

While the story is mainly based on Katya’s tragic experiences, there is also the point of view of her son Alexander, the child she hoped to one day see again. His trials were no less impactful. 

What a fabulous story of courage, strength and determination. This touching saga was based on the true story of the author’s family, making this heartbreaking read all that more compelling. Even more, with the current events going on in the Ukraine right now, this sensitive story had even more of an impact.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Tetyana Denford grew up in a small town in New York, and is a Ukrainian-American author, translator, and freelance writer. She grew up with her Ukrainian heritage at the forefront of her childhood, and it led to her being fascinated with how storytellers in various cultures passed down their lives to future generations; life stories are where we learn about ourselves, each other, and are the things that matter most, in a world where things move so quickly.
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