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On the Bank of the Chippewa

On the Bank of the Chippewa by Steven Lomske is a heartwarming tale of a family living on a small farm in rural Michigan during the time period of 1965-1981. The story revolves around Steven and his relationship with his brothers, which shatters over time after Paul and Steven develop feelings for the same woman. Jealousy and resentment ruin the brotherly bond, and the two of the brothers, Paul and Gus, go their own ways leaving Steven behind. The story takes a turn when an unexpected event brings the brothers back together on the same old farm, and generations of this family reunite.

During this time, Steven discovers his family’s legacy and secrets that were long forgotten. Their ancestor’s tragic history, sacrifice, and heroism in WW1 make the boys see the world from a whole new perspective. The question remains whether this long-held secret will bring the family back together or give roots to greed and deception once again.

Author Steven Lomske’s debut novel On the Bank of the Chippewa is a delightful tale that will take you on an emotional roller coaster. The visual description of central Michigan is applause-worthy as Lomske’s amazing writing gave me a vivid image of what it’s like to live on a farm. This coming-of-age story is emotional, tragic, and heartwarming all at once, and this story reminded me of Legends of The Fall.

Lomske has created amazing characters, such as the boys’ grandmother, who gave life-changing lessons in this novel, and you can’t help but love her. We get to see the brothers as they grow up together close, but they start to change, especially once Shannon comes into the picture. The historical aspects that were placed in the story give the book a realistic feel. The author shows that though conflicts and deception can tear a family apart, the blood bond and love are like the river of Chippewa, and it will flow no matter what.

On the Bank of the Chippewa is historical fiction with family drama that is impossible to put it down because readers will want to know more about the boys and their lives.

Pages: 302 | ASIN : B09WDKRT1G

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