Other Side of the River In Search of Freedom #1) [Pdf] ↠ Janice L. Dick
Luise Letkemann and Daniel Martens been sweethearts for almost as
long as they can remember Luise xpects they will soon But the spring of 1926 is not a time life as they can remember Luise Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, expects they will marry soon But the spring of 1926 is not a time life along according toxpectation for the lovers or anyone lse in the Mennonite village of Alexandrovka part of the Slovgorod Colony in Western SiberiaAs the Soviet officials begin to increasingly interfere in the life of the nterprising farmers and craftspeople demanding ver tax and confiscating machinery and livestock many villagers decide it s time to leave While some are allowed to migrate to America Luise s chronically ill stepmother fails to pass her medical xam So the family nds up planning to join others on a long train ride ast There is farmland and they have official permits to settle near the border of China on the ride ast There is farmland and they have official permits to settle near the border of China on the of the Amur RiverMeanwhile a winter of hard work up north for Daniel separates the lovers He returns shortly before her family is set to leave and Luise makes peace with the fact that she will be apart from her family when she and Daniel settle as newlyweds in the farmhouse Daniel has been building Of course that doesn t work out uite as planned ither in Janice L Dick s Mennonite historical Other Side of the River It s a story through which we xperience the day to day life of these God fearing peace loving and industrious people during a time in Russian history when Buried expressions of faith were not allowed personal initiative was frowned on andven speaking German could be cause for arrestLovable and hated characters populate the pages with Luise s great aunt Tante Manya taking the prize as my favourite Senior Major Leonard Dubrowsky and Ivan Mironenko tied for the ones I most disliked and feared The way Dick portrays the veryday circumstances struggles and growth of main characters is realistic and kept me right there xperiencing their challenges with them The period and setting are depicted in satisfying detail I loved all the homey touches the roasted zwieback and other home baking the Germanisms like Nah jah and Luise s and Daniel s close knit intergenerational families The story though lengthy had nough twists and turns that it rarely sagged The only time it felt a bit draggy was very near the nd but then it picked up again to the harrowing finish All in all I really njoyed this book both the day to day life of its characters and the big story aspect of it for I too am descended from them a Mennonite not from those that stayed in Russia but from forbears that migrated to North America before Communism and the ra of the Soviet Union Witnessing the faith of these people through testing was an inspiration This book left me with a great appreciation of the fire proved faith of my ancestors Apparently Dick is working on a seuel according to this Blog Talk Radio interview I hope so I ll definitely pick it up when it comes outRead Chapter One of Other Side of the River Other Side of the River by Janice L Dick a reviewAs a Mennonite child growing up in Saskatchewan Canada and attending a country Mennonite Church I heard many stories about Mennonites xperiences 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 vil intentions by singing and playing her guitarWith stories like these lurking in my mind I m always interested in novels about the Russian Mennonite xperience One is The Blue Mountains of China by Rudy Wiebe Another is The Russl nder also titled Katya by Sandra Birdsell Janice L Dick s new novel Other Side of the River stacks up well in comparison with these In some respects Dick s story is The Russl nder on steroidsAs the novel opens it s 1926 in the Siberian village of Alexandrovka The first page introduces us to the two main characters Luise Letkemann and Daniel Martens They re devout young Mennonites hoping to marry and live a peaceful life in their close knit Mennonite community Also on that first page we meet the arch nemy of their hopes and dreams He s Senior Major Leonid Dubrowsky of the GPU the dreaded. On threatens to destroy verything Luise lives for and believes in Meanwhile the people of Alexandrovka and the surrounding region have begun to discuss A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, evacuation The momentum ofmigration to the west is slowing health ualifications are stringent and Luise’s stepmother is unwell If the Letkemann family does not pass the The Shadow Reader emigration standards they must learn how to survive in the midst of change and oppression Daniel Martens thought he would be content with his lovely Luise and a degree of compromise with the state but he soon realizes there is no middle ground with this government Compromise would involve shunning his religion his workthic and the core beliefs on which he bases his life He still hopes to continue to farm with his father in Alexandrovka with Luise at his side but it will be a challenge in many respects Unfortunately Daniel is as outspoken as his father who has defied the administration of the local administration office by purchasing a new Fordson tractor His actions lead Daniel into a direct confrontation with Soviet official Senior major Leonid Dubrowsky of the secret police the dreaded GPU The ncounter results in far reaching conseuences When Luise and Daniel are separated she ,
This is the second dition of my previously published historical novel of the same title now independently published Tansy Thistle my previously published historical novel of the same title now independently published Tansy Thistle with a great new coverThe 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 scalating oppression from Stalin s regime threatens to destroy verything they live for and believe in Is there freedom on the other side of the Amur River and what will that freedom costThis
Is A Story Of Strugglea story of struggle hope in the midst of difficult situations Life was very difficult for the Mennonites in Soviet Russia during the 1920s The day after Daniel and Luise are married his father is killed and Daniel is arrested and taken to a work camp in Northern Siberia There he is treated brutally and Luise is left
"Wondering Whether He Is Dead Or Alive When They Are "whether he is dead or alive When they are reunited the Mennonites work out a scheme to The Power Of A Choice escape into China 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 1926Despite the growing turmoil in their village Luise Letkemann isager to marry her beloved Daniel Martens Her family wants to move somewhere safer to Canada or at least farther ast towards China But will anywhere be safe from vindictive officials out to break her people s hopeAs the story opens Luise is determined to remain optimistic and to see the bright side in verything but sorrow brings change Elderly Tante Manya has some of the best lines wisdom wise in the story Here s my favouriteManya The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want Luise but to lay hold of God Himself He seeks always to reveal Himself to us Once we begin to see Him as He is we can relinuish our tight hold on our will and trust Him for His Do you understandLuise Sometimes I don t understand anything Tante Kindle Location 3725In some ways this was a heavy book because of the people s struggles but the way they dig deeper into faith and find the resources they need to carry on in the face of oppression is an xample and an ncouragement to readers today in whatever stresses we find ourselvesIt s not a traumatic read These are resilient people and although some break the community bond is strong and supportive Luise her gentle father Abram her acidic stepmother Anna Luise s step brother and step sister Tante Manya and Daniel are all real characters with individual struggles weaknesses and strengthsOther Side of the River originally released as a book series This review is of the complete series in one volume If you re looking online be sure to get the full novel and not just a piece that leaves you wanting Sadly ca does not yet offer the print version although the US and UK s doJanice L Dick is a Canadian author of Mennonite heritage Her Storm series Calm Before the Storm Eye of the Storm and Out of the Storm also traces the lives of Russian Mennonites I hope we ll see another novel to follow Other Side of the River You can find Janice and about her books at her website janicedickcomReview copy from my personal library The older I get the I appreciate history and while The Other Side of the River is fiction it is based on fact Facts that drew and repulsed me inspired and horrified Because the story behind this story actually happened the struggles of Luise and her beloved Daniel broke my heart ven as their faith and love inspired mine Author Janice Dick s descriptions put me right into Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling each scene I felt the cold saw the forests and plains andxperienced the fearMy husband s background is Mennonite and we recently learned that some came from Russia making this tale very personal Well written and haunting in its realism The Other Side of the River Monsieur Pain earns five stars Highly recommended A wonderful beginning to anxciting series There were so many tragic and frightful happenings in the lives of Daniel and Luise that I almost wondered what good could possible come out of them Then there were the surprises and tremendous xperiences that were so obvious a God thing I couldn t put the book down and am already starting into book number 2 I recommend this book to veryone. The year is 1926 The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the nsuing Civil Wars of 1918 1920 have left unhealed scars on the face of South Russia and the Great War has traumatized the ntire world Famine has spread through a country suffering drought and conomic chaos Against the backdrop of a Russian nation in transition from Tsarist autocracy to communism the Mennonite people who are settled in villages and colonies in western Siberia hope to remain unnoticed The Siberian Mennonites wish for nothing than relative freedom to live out their faith in peace ven if food is scarce Luise Letkemann yearns for freedom security and marriage to her lifelong love Daniel Martens She has heard of the war famine and disease that have befallen her people in South Russia during the revolutions wars and famines She is also aware of the mass Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. emigration of thousands of Mennonites from South Russia now known as Ukraine to the Americas But until recently her people have lived without significant governmental intrusion in Siberia However the Stalinist regime’s interference in daily life isscalating and ven the village of Alexandrovka feels the increasing oppression toward the Siberian Mennonites The communist administrati. Soviet secret policeDubrowsky isn t fond of Mennonites He them too pious successful and independent minded As the story progresses Dubrowsky s shows himself to and independent As the story progresses Dubrowsky s shows himself to specially opposed to Daniel and his father who dare to criticize him and the totalitarian regime he represents The day after Luise and Daniel s wedding the bridegroom s father Peter Martens dies as a result of complaints against the regime Daniel hot headed like his father condemns the circumstances that led to Peter s passing The young man is immediately shipped off to a work camp in the far north Back home in Alexandrovka his wife of two days Luise faces a gut wrenching decision Her family plan to move ast about as far ast in Russia as possible They want to settle in a Mennonite village near the Amur River which forms the border between Russia and China in that area Luise s parents and other Mennonites believe that the GPU would bother them less in such a remote location Luise thinks this may be true but agonizes over whether to accompany her family or not What if Daniel returns to to accompany her family or not What if Daniel returns to for her in Alexandrovka How will he know where she s gone Will he be able to join her in the Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, east with travel so dangerousspecially for a declared Il morto di Maigret enemy of the stateLuise s life is further complicated by her prickly relationship with her stepmother Anna the stepmother is a complex character She treats Luise harshly because she s jealous of the young woman s rapport with her father ie Anna s husband Sometimes Anna also shows symptoms of a mind dangerously unhinged from reality On the other hand she seems able to foretell the future God tells me things she says Anna utters a prophecy about Luise and Daniel s future but the author keeps us wondering whether and how it will be fulfilled Their lives unfold through danger desperation drudgery and moments of delight all illuminated by the faith that burns in them however dimly at times Occasionally I found the story somewhat unbelievable For instance I m not sure Daniel would keep speaking against the regime and getting himself into deeper and deeper trouble At the same time I admire his courage The author sometimes uses him to comment on the political system of the time Forxample at one point Daniel tells Dubrowsky I have a mind and ideas that could help you and your cause but instead you try to ruin me and others like me with preposterous laws that stifle any independent spark It is independence and individual motivation that foster success not repressionThe narrative includes nough touches of dialect to add flavour but not so many that they hinder the reading For xample at one point a woman says I am just pulling out from the oven some perishky Mennonite style fruit or meat turnovers On another occasion young people play knipsbraat crokinole Such references sound wonderfully homey to me I grew up with themI would love to have written a novel like Other Side of the River but Dick beat me to it You can read the first chapter at Her 370 page novel published by Helping Hands Press sells for 1438 and is available from as a paperback You can find it by pasting the following link into your browser amznto1uFZ8T The book which sells for about 750 is also available from The link is amznto1NGJS6 An amazing storyThis story kept me captive to the nd My husband s family made a similar Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition 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 I read this book on Kindle I am not a reader of books viabook but this book captivated my attention The storyline is Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom excellent Characters are real I loved learning geography and history Injoyed 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 Sexual Secrets event that grabbed me when I first read about it andventually 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 life the times in which they live. Ust decide whether or not to accompany her family to the astern dge of Soviet Russia How long will Daniel be gone Would he want her to stay or go Will their new home allow them to scape the clutches of the Soviet system Dilemmas build Opportunities demand decisions Over time and vast distances across the face of Soviet Russia Luise and Daniel struggle to survive separation threats to love and faith the harsh climate and what has become a sinister personal vendetta by Dubrowsky Along the way Daniel wonders why Dubrowsky has chosen to stalk him yet some dark force propels the Senior major on an unwavering course This is a story of love and faith of loss and freedom Will Luise and Daniel be reunited Will their faith survive the test When the Soviet regime follows them to the astern dge of the country to the village of Shumanovka where they have settled the Letkemann family begin to look across the river to China Perhaps there is freedom on the other side of the river But what will be the cost of freedom On 16 December 1930 the village of Shumanovka packed into horse drawn sleds and crossed the frozen Amur River in search of freedom in China 217 people 60 wagons The temperature plummeted to 50 Fahrenhe.