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John Owen
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Review of A Single Desperate Prayer

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Single Desperate Prayer" by Ludmila Ritz.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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"A Single Desperate Prayer" by Ludmila Ritz unfolds the poignant narrative of Ludmila, a street-smart, 10-year-old girl navigating the harsh realities of 1990s Ukraine. Living in poverty with her younger sister Alyona and their troubled mother, Ludmila's life takes a tumultuous turn when the menacing Victor enters their fragile family and sets everything into chaos.

As their mother grapples with addiction, Ludmila assumes the role of protector, scavenging the impoverished city streets and abandoned buildings to ensure their survival. The narrative delves into Ludmila's determination to reunite with Alyona after social services separate them, leading her to make difficult choices for their well-being. Grab a copy for a thrilling story!

I love the narrative and how unique it is. One of the supporting characters I took note of was Ludmila's aunt. She provided intermittent refuge to Ludmila, constantly adding contrasting layers to the narrative with her own turbulent home life. Key scenes, such as Ludmila's initial search for sustenance and the heart-wrenching separation from Alyona, highlight her resilience and vulnerability, making her a character I constantly empathized with and rooted for.

The setting was well done as well, portraying the harsh realities of 1990s Ukraine—cramped communal apartments, thin walls, and government-run orphanages, which always complemented the overall theme and provided a good backdrop for Ludmila's tumultuous journey. The narrative skillfully weaves together intricate relationships, memorable scenes, and the challenging societal context, creating a powerful and immersive exploration of Ludmila's quest for survival, family, and hope.

Overall, the book is well-written, and the narrative is intriguing and captivating. I don't see anything to criticize about the book, except for several times when the narrative became quite prolonged and jarring. I guess it's because I read this book just after reading another one with a very fast pace, so that's what I was still accustomed to. I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars for the above reasons. I found no errors, and the editing quality is excellent. I highly recommend the book if you're looking for something amazing to read.

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Post by Clauson Justin »

How does Ludmila deal with all the happenings around her especially as a young girl? The fact that her mother is not of much help does not make the situation better. I look forward to reading the book.
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Ditto to everything in the book description and back cover! I expect this book to find a wide, wide audience absolutely pleased to read and truly take-in this book. Written in the voice of a child, it's easy to read. Written by a street-smart creative genius, it plays-out like a feature film.
If you're like me, you'll be itching for the next one and you won't get disappointed!
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Did you like my review! please lemme know 😁
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The review highlights "A Single Desperate Prayer" by Ludmila Ritz as a captivating and well-written narrative set in 1990s Ukraine. The story follows Ludmila, a resilient young girl facing poverty and family troubles. The reviewer praises the unique storytelling, empathetic characterization, and the immersive portrayal of the setting. With no notable criticisms except for a minor pacing issue, the book receives a glowing 5-star rating and is highly recommended as an amazing read.
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Post by Gene Gene »

Personally, "A single desperate prayer" by Ludmilla Ritz is one of most charming books I've read this year. Here, Author Ludmilla Ritz sets writes a about Ludmilla a youth girl who faces life's harsh difficulties back in the late 20th century. I would like to give credit to how unique the story is and also the genius of language use by the author. It's a straight 5 star from me for the book.
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Post by Paris Kumar »

As an official reviewer, you offer a compelling analysis of "A Single Desperate Prayer" by Ludmila Ritz, highlighting its gripping narrative and rich character development. John, your insightful review underscores the book's emotional depth and immersive storytelling. A must-read recommendation!

Thanks for this detailed analysis. :tiphat:
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