Paper Roses on Stony Mountain by Diana Stevan

Paper Roses on Stony Mountain is the last novel in Stevan’s trilogy which is a biographical fiction account of her grandmother, Lukia Mazurec, and the struggles she and her family endured during the Great War, the Russian Revolution, their mistreatment by the Bolsheviks. The families emigration to Canada to start a safer and better life, only to arrive at the onset of the Great Depression. Like the two previous novels, the love of family and their safety drives Lukia to overcome her difficulties and carry on regardless of what life throws at her. 

Stevan is an award-winning author and a dedicated storyteller who makes Lukia’s journey real to the reader. You can feel Lukia’s pain, her loss, share in her hopes and relish the simple joys that family gatherings and luck sometimes bring. 

Paper Roses begins prior to World War 2 and even though Lukia’s worries are far from over, good news is on the horizon. Wheat prices continue to climb. The crops are healthy. The outlook is better than it has been for many years. Lukia longs for her own farm where her sons and their family will work and share, instead of renting. Lukia frets over her daughter, Dunya’s (Dolly) future and choice of suitor, a man who shows little promise. She worries about the relationship between her two sons who have remained on the farm. The oldest has a family and a strong work ethic. The other is more carefree and his cavalier attitude brings nothing but trouble. 

Not all goes according to Lukia’s plans for the future but Dolly shows resilience and her mother’s fortitude in striving for better days. She’s the mover and shaker in her small family. 

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When new problems or barriers arise, Lukia reminds them. 

“Look what our family’s been through. War, hunger, typhus, dust storms. We never gave up. You’ll get through this. We always have.” 

This is historical fiction at its best. I enjoyed reading about Lukia’s journey and I highly recommend this series. 

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Island House Publishing (Oct. 15 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 364 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1988180090
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1988180090

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