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A Silver Willow by the Shore

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  24 reviews
How do you face the future if you dont know your own past?

When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and liesa past that existed
Paperback, 377 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press (first published October 21st 2019)
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Jocelyn Green
A deep, contemplative novel built around three generations of women asking the same timeless question: Who am I? The answer unfolds with Stuarts trademark attention to history and hauntingly beautiful prose. ...more
Ashton Noel
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by my aunt and I went into it fearing I wouldn't enjoy it too much. I've read this authors other book 'Like a River from Its Course' and while I did enjoy it, historical fiction isn't always my thing. That being said, I loved this book. It was the perfect blend of historical fiction and contemporary drama. It was beautiful. I found myself in tears at the end just so touched at the different characters journey and growth. I loved the ending and felt everything was tied ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Oh, my, this book! This story of three generations of women gripped me right from the beginning. Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie are mother, daughter, and granddaughter all living under the same roof, but as the story begins, they couldn't be farther apart. Each woman carries a secret, and it's in the revealing of these secrets that they find healing.

While the novel centers around the three women and is told largely from their perspectives, Viktor (Nina's love interest) and James (Annie's friend and
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a powerful book! I loved this story that spanned multiple generations of a family as they struggled to find who each of them really were and to find connection with each other. I learned things about Russia/Russian culture as well and that is something that is not taken as the setting or culture of many stories that I have read. I highly recommend this book!
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this book! How amazing is it that three generations of women who have kept secrets forever changing future generations of women to come.
I will say you'll need to have a box of tissues because there are so many scenes in this book that will make you cry. I know it did me.
And then there are others that will make u hold your breath to see what happens next. This book did that to me too.
Not many books will leave you thinking about them long after you finish it. This book did for
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dual-timeline
I loved Kelli Stuart's Like a River from Its Course and was super excited to pick this one up. Both books have multiple narrators, which at times doesn't work--but Stuart does it perfectly.

And this book is one of my fave themes--generations coming together to love and understand each other. Honestly, this book felt a bit like Leota's Garden combined with The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers--not in a copycat way, but in theme and beauty.

Every part of this story was rich. I loved the story of
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very sad and poignant at points, as any history of Soviet culture and the topics at hand should be. But also beautifully uplifting in the end. The way Kelli weaves the womens stories seamlessly from chapter to chapter, changing voice constantly, is astoundingly beautiful and an interesting movement forward and backwards, all at once. Yet I never got lost in it. There were a few slow points but the crescendo to the end was lovely and satisfying. ...more
Sarah Florence
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story from Kelli Stuart! Beautiful characters. Dont miss this one. ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
very entertaining.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into A Silver Willow by the Shore, first, because of its intriguing title, secondly because of its premise. Kelli Stuart has crafted an interweaving tale of three generations, past, present, and future, linked by their shared heritage and wealth of secrets. I've always been drawn to Russian culture, ever since my parents first came back from trips to the newly dissolved U.S.S.R with toys from the children whose family they'd stayed with. My papa also came home with ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To me, this is a very powerful book. Probably some of that is because I just lost my mother last year, so I am inevitably taken back to our own personal ups and downs over the years. And of course, I had also been close with my grandmother, whom we just lost a few years ago, though it seems much more recent than that.

Relationships between mothers and daughters are complicated. There are always going to be ups and downs, disappointment, misunderstandings, and overwhelming joy and laughter. It's
Hannah Corner
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A story about 3 generations of women who have secrets that they have kept, hoping to protect themselves and others they love. I stepped into the shoes of all 3 of these women who journeyed through so much. This author makes you feel right along with the characters.
I also learned about the gulags of 1930's Siberia...which is a new time for me. Made me google away, to find pictures and more stories about this era.
Beckie Burnham
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Kelli Stuarts novel, Like A River from Its Course, and knew I had to read A Silver Willow by The Shore. Good choice on my part! Wow! What an incredible story from a gifted author. An emotional read, the story takes you into the lives of three women who should have a strong connection through family ties, but find themselves isolated from each other, struggling to find an identity amidst the secrets kept by each generation. A thoughtful and poignant book, I had to force myself to slow ...more
Jenni Keiter
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I often find myself loving a novel based on a few simple things. Did I get so lost in it that I forgot it isn't real? Did I wake up at night in the middle of a dream that I was part of the story? And do I end up craving the foods of the culture or a visit to that place? Did it leave me wanting to know everything I can learn about the time period? Normally, if I can answer "yes" to 3 of the four questions I feel it was a good read and am glad I invested the time in it. With this one, I can answer ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Silver Willow by the Shore captivated me. Several weeks ago, I read a book called Cilkas Journey, and I think that was the first time Id ever read about Siberian gulags. So, when I was reading Elizavetas childhood memories in the gulags, I had a point of reference. Awful things happened to her, and she has so many secrets that she has lived with almost her entire life. Those secrets guided her; they made her fearful and overly protective of her daughter Nina.

Of course, Nina didnt understand
Yakira Goldsberry
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first thought when reading the last few lines of A Silver Willow By The Shore was. Wow. This is one touching story. And I cant think of any other way to say it. This book really left me thinking about my own family, about my wonderful mother and my many sisters, and how they are all just so special to me, and how important family is.

So, did this book move me? Yes. Yes, it did. I could see the clear dedication and love the author Kelli Stuart had for her book while writing it, and that love
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mothers and daughters and the secrets they keep from one another is the theme of this story, A Silver Willow by the Shore. And let me tell you they are doozy of secrets. We are given this story from three points of view- an elderly Russian grandmother Elizaveta, her daughter Nina, and Ninas high school daughter Annie. These three women live in the same house and eat dinner together, but the secrets make them strangers.

Annie is dealing with a big secret- she is pregnant and she is trying to hide
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: prism-book-tours
My Thoughts on A Silver Willow by the Shore
Who doesnt love a good book that includes history? I love learning history whether it is the history of a family or the history of our country. History in all forms is fascinating to me! I loved learning the history surrounding the family within A Silver Willow By the Shore.

If you like a good historical fiction type read then this is the book for you!

This is more than just learning about your history as a family, this is revealing long-held secrets and
C.E. Hart
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A 2019 Favorite!

What a wonderful cast of characters with a unique set of storylines.

There are three main characters in The Silver Willow by the Shore. This multi-generational story is told from the perspectives of Annie, her mother Nina, and her grandmother Elizaveta. They are dynamic and resilient women, despite the enormous burdens of secrets they keep from each other.

It was easy to sympathize with the three women and I gained a deep understanding of their pain and desires. I love how their
Suzie Waltner
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dont you love it when you read something original? In A Silver Willow by the Shore, Kelli Stuart gives readers a story of family, of mother-daughter relationships, and of the damage keeping secrets does to ourselves and those we love. All of that while also giving readers a little history about Russia.

As Elizaveta, Nina, and Annies stories are told, these three women seem worlds apart at first Yet, as their lives entwine and truths are revealed, those separate threads begin to weave a tapestry
Jarm Boccio
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Multi-faceted and extraordinary!

I was spell-bound as I savored this multi-faceted story! Although three generations of women are living in the same house, each is captive in her own world of secrets which threaten to loosen family ties. As Elizavetas tragic past comes into focus, her painful memories slowly bring the hope and healing the women need to bind them back together.
With sometimes gut-wrenching scenes and realistic, endearing characters, these three women became my family as I immersed
Leslie M.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

As the year draws to a close, I can honestly say Silver Willow by the Shore is one of my favorite reads from 2019. Ive read other books by Stuart, and shes become one of my go-to authors.

This book was quite unique, as its an engaging multi-generational tale told via three POVs: Annie, her mother Nina, and her grandmother Elizaveta.

You can see the full review on my blog:

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the Prism Book Group
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A Silver Willow by the Shore blew me away. It is one of those stories that you are not sure about at first and was hooked within the first couple of chapters. I thought this book was great! It is my first introduction to Kelli Stuarts writing and she has earned herself a brand-new fan.
I would give A Silver Willow by the Shore one hundred stars if I could. It is being placed among my favorite reads of the year.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful! Kelli Stuart's writing is so deep and lovely. She makes reading a true pleasure. I fell completely in love with each of the three characters, and I rooted for them all to come together. I could feel Kelli's love for the Russian people through her writing.
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Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. A graduate of Baylor University with a degree in English Professional Writing, and a minor in the Russian language, Kelli has honed her skills in the written word through editing, ghostwriting, blogging, and traveling the world. Kelli has a gift for languages that puts her at ease in other cultures, allowing her to view this creative life from ...more

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