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Saturday, December 2, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Leonora Meriel & The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Good Morning!

I'm off to Bayou Writer's Group's annual Christmas Party but as they say ... the show (or in our case Spotlight) must go on. So without too much ado, here's Lenora Meriel, introduced to you last month, with her book The Woman Behind the Waterfall.....

"The Woman Behind the Waterfall" is literary fiction and magical realism

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village.

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother's fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

Reviews for The Woman Behind the Waterfall

“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world” ~~ Kirkus Reviews

“The language is lyrical and poetic and, in places, begs to be read repeatedly for the sheer joy of it… A literary work of art.” ~~ Fiona Adams, The Richmond Magazine

“Rich and poetic in detail, it is an often dreamy, oneiric narrative rooted in an exaltation of nature… A lovely novel.” ~~ IndieReader

Purchase at: Goodreads * Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity.

During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and to dedicate her career to literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent, Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on a distant planet.

Leonora currently lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. She is working on her third novel.

Find out more by visiting Lenora's Website and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed today's guest and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Leah St. James said...

This sounds like a lovely story, Leonora, like something Kristen Hannah might write. I'll definitely check it out. As an aside, the company I work for has been partnering with a Ukrainian organization for about four years in a cultural/work exchange. Twice a year we swap small teams with similar companies in Ukraine, and I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of our visitors. Such a beautiful country and warm, loving people.

Alicia Dean said...

Oh my gosh, love the premise of this story. Sounds wonderful!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

What wonderful reviews! Congrats.

Kara O'Neal said...

The story sounds beautiful and filled with emotional depth. Thanks for posting!

Alina K. Field said...

The story sounds magical! Congratulations on such wonderful reviews.