Tragedy strikes in a Balkan mountain village when a young boy is murdered. The grieved mother flees to New York City in the hope of healing in the arms of family. Renewal looks possible until the predator’s identity is discovered and the desire for revenge drives our heroine back to her homeland to even up the score. Civil war, passion, love and hate drive the characters to an unpredictable yet inevitable destiny.
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By Patricia Flaherty
Mar 28, 2013
What a tremendously touching story of the horrific struggles a woman went through in her young adult life. Ms. Nogulich’s vivid descriptions of the characters, their feelings and surroundings made each chapter an easy read. Being a mother, I could relate to Yelena’s horror of living in a war torn country where she was not able to keep her child safe. How she copes after violently losing those very near to her captivates the reader. Struggling to find meaning in her life, the new world of NYC becomes a temporary safe envelope…until the cause of her initial misery leaves her no choice but to return to her homeland only to find her dearest friends were at the same time her worst enemies. My grandparents immigrated from that part of the world so I could easily visualize the simple farm and religious life Ms. Nogulich describes. The images of the Serbian conflict that is still going on was eye opening and heart wrenching. Yet in contrast, the author’s Gracie Allen reference perfectly... More > showed the sweet, wirily, humorous side of young Yelena as she struggled to find peace in a new life. Beautifully written!< Less
One Woman's War is one woman's masterpiece. Natalija Nogulich, consummate actor of stage and screen has delivered a historical novel that glows in the dark. It is storytelling at its best. Filled with love and loss, revenge and redemption, Ms. Nogulich has the gift to simply weave a complex tapestry of epic drama with one woman's own destiny, that spans generations and continents. The first installment in a trilogy, One Woman's War is a compelling page turner, funny, poignant, bittersweet, and beautifully written with a sense of poetry and life's absurdities. It is a must read.
I couldn't put the book down once started, until I finished it. I felt every page. It was very real. The story was beautiful, excellently written, the author depicts beautifully the heart of the Serbian people & the situation that has been going on and how well it affects individual lives, families, and a beautiful love story unfolds as well. The reader is captivated!
The story told in this book is marvelously engaging and satisfying. I finished reading it several weeks ago, yet the characters remain alive in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed being transported to the small Serbian village where I observed a lifestyle and customs different from mine. I knew there was a particularly heartbreaking episode coming in the main character's life (no spoiler alert- it was mentioned in the book description). It took me 3 days and many deep breaths- so closely did I identify with this character- to read through it. Ms. Nogulich's account of the aftermath of this event was so authentic that I, too, endured Yelena's despair. This story unfolds with warmth, humor and a healthy dose of spiritulism. It exemplifies the resilience and devotion of a young mother as she learns to go on with her life without relinquishing her past. This tale/adventure/tradgedy/romance/drama made such an impact on me that I did not want it to end- I will keep looking for a sequel. And that,... More > my friends, is the sign of a good story!< Less
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