"Although a work of fiction, author Kelly K. Lavender has given such a realistic feel to her novel that the story holds firmly to an engaging credibility from beginning to end.An especially well crafted and deftly woven story that holds the readers fully entertained attention from first page to last.Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections..."Midwest Book Review
"The story is fast paced and will keep readers glued till the last page.The mix of love, excitement, suspense and a healthy dose of politics make it a compelling story... All characters, including Ethan and Sophie, have been portrayed well to make the story great reading." Readers' Favorite
"'Sofia and Ethan are apprehensive as they begin their adoption adventure...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 satisfied, but the story never fully leaves your mind."The US Review of Books
"...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
From the Back Cover
Beautiful Evil Winter
, a Russian Action Thriller, earns a list of accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award for "...writing of significant merit..." and a Readers' Favorite International Book Award. The novel takes place in the 1990s after the fall of the USSR, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving, gunslinging days of the frontier west.
A couple weather a hellish adoption eventually as a Mafia target in this chilling yet heartwarming odyssey. Beautiful Evil Winter is an epic story about the human capacity for hope, the traumas that shape our lives and the hardship we'll endure for love.