GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart has won a 2017 Carol Award, given by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Stuart's debut novel beat out two other finalists to be named the winner in the historical category.
The Carol Awards honor the best Christian fiction published by traditional publishing houses in the previous calendar year. Winners were announced at a ceremony on September 23, where Stuart accepted the award, which also honored Kregel editors Dawn Anderson and Janyre Tromp.
Like a River from Its Course is also a finalist in two categories for the Christy Awards. The Christy Awards, presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), recognize excellence in the art of Christian fiction. With finalists named in nine categories, Stuart's novel stands out as the only finalist in two categories: first novel and historical fiction.
The winners for the Christy Award will be announced November 8 at a ceremony hosted by ECPA.
Critically acclaimed by both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, Like a River from Its Course is an epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope, based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors. It is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.
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