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Other Side of The River, Complete Series

(In Search of Freedom #1)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  6 reviews
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

Western Siberia, 1926. Daniel Martens and Luise Letkemann, with their fellow Mennonites, struggle to maintain faith and biblical values within the tightening grip of the Stalinist regime.
Luise Letkemann has great hopes for her fu
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published June 18th 2014 by Helping Hands Press
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Elma Schemenauer
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other Side of the River by Janice L. Dick: a review

As a Mennonite child growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, and attending a country Mennonite Church, I heard many stories about Mennonites' experiences in Russia. One ancestor of a local Mennonite family was thrown into a well because Communist officials considered him too wealthy. A Mennonite relative of mine was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Another, a woman, was threatened with rape by Russian soldiers, but distracted them from their evi
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story!

This story kept me captive to the end! My husband's family made a similar escape from the Ukraine in 1929, so I was familiar with their many hardships. The author, Janice Dick, made it all come alive for me with her graphic descriptions. You must read this amazing story.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Luise Letkemann and Daniel Martens have been sweethearts for almost as long as they can remember. Luise expects they will marry soon. But the spring of 1926 is not a time life goes along according to expectation for the lovers or anyone else in the Mennonite village of Alexandrovka, part of the Slovgorod Colony in Western Siberia.

As the Soviet officials begin to increasingly interfere in the life of the enterprising farmers and craftspeople, demanding ever more tax and confiscating machinery and
Janet Sketchley
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Other Side of the River immerses readers in the world of Russian Mennonites, a persecuted people wherever they try to settle in the Soviet regime of 1926.

Despite the growing turmoil in their village, Luise Letkemann is eager to marry her beloved Daniel Martens. Her family wants to move somewhere safer: to Canada, or at least farther east towards China. But will anywhere be safe from vindictive officials out to break her people's hope?

As the story opens, Luise is determined to remain optimistic a
Janice Dick
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the second edition of my previously published historical novel of the same title, now independently published (Tansy & Thistle Press) with a great new cover.

The year is 1926. The Russian Revolution is past, and the grip of communism tightens around the Mennonite people in Western Siberia. Luise Letkemann and Daniel Martens have plans for their future, but escalating oppression from Stalin's regime threatens to destroy everything they live for and believe in. Is there freedom on the o
Janice Dick
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I enjoyed writing this work of fiction, creating characters that blossomed into real people in a setting I came to know as I researched and wrote. The final scene is based on an actual event that grabbed me when I first read about it, and eventually I knew I had to craft a story around it.

It never fails to amaze me that people from all ages are just people like you and I. They live and love and learn, they rejoice and suffer and fear. They believe or reject. But they are real and they bring to
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Author Janice L. Dick - Won an Award 1 1 Oct 14, 2016 04:34PM  
I began writing intentionally in 1989 after attending a workshop at the local library, then continued to learn through courses and conferences. I wrote a couple short stories and inspirational articles for the local paper and my denominational magazine. In 2001, I plunged into writing my first novel, which had to be continued in two sequels to complete the story. These historical novels were relea ...more

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