Friday, August 25, 2023

Book Review for Miracle From Ukraine by James Herbert Harrison

 Miracle From Ukraine by James Herbert Harrison

239 pages, Paperback

Published June 2, 2023

Taken from Goodreads:
  Irina Balabanova is a beautiful Ukrainian girl, twenty-seven years of age and heartbroken. John Masters, a middle-aged American businessman, travels to eastern Ukraine on an ill-advised romantic venture, and is stranded in Kharkov with the onset of winter. Despite their wide differences of culture, language, and generation, the two are brought together in a whirlwind of love and adventure.

But their dreams of a life together are threatened by the acts of an extremely jealous Ukrainian State Security officer, who will stop at nothing to stop Irina from leaving their native country to marry an American. With perseverance and divine intervention, their love story unfolds in the most incredible way.

Inspired by actual events, Miracle From Ukraine is a story of international intrigue, faith, and romance.


My Thoughts:   Miracle from Ukraine is a story of romance between an American businessman, John, and a younger Ukraine girl, Irina.   They have many obstacles to overcome just to be together that are not what they would experience if they were both American.  It was interesting to see how the government of a country could have so much control of a person, Ukraine does not a make it easy for Irina and John to be together. 

 The author did a great job of describing Ukraine to the reader.   The details of the hotels, airports, streets, and houses brought what John was seeing to life.  The custom of eating out was interesting to me.  I did not realize that all cultures do not usually tip and for the Americans eating out is part of life, which is not true for the Ukraines.  I have found that I really enjoy a book that teaches me about cultures and customs that I am not familiar with.

I do wish some of the paragraphs were more concise, there were sometimes a lot of repetitive details that made me skim some of the story.   Overall I found Miracle from Ukraine a book full of details of Ukraine and the romance was unique and fun.  

Thank you Author Marketing Experts for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 


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