Guest Post||The Woman Behind The Waterfall by Leonora Meriel


The Woman Behind The Waterfall by Leonora Meriel

Publication Date: October 1, 2016

Genre: Literary Fiction, Magic Realism

Standalone/Series: Standalone

Novel Synopsis:  Heartbreak and redemption 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


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


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Press and Reviews:~

“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an

intoxicating worlds” – Kirkus Reviews

“A strange and beautiful novel” – Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky,

Peerless Flats, Mr Mac and Me

“A literary work of art” – Fiona Adams, Richmond Magazine

“Timeless and universal novel” – Goodreads & Amazon reviewer

“A beautiful, thought-provoking exploration of family ties” – MP, Amazon reviewer

Author’s Bio:~


Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of

Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in

New York, and then for a law firm. In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she

founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv

Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA. 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

returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the

Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book, The Unity Game

will be released in May 2017.

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A word from Author:~

Hello book lovers and thank you for having me on your blog! I’m happy to be in

any place there are readers and writers.

I’d like to write a few words today about the place where my novel is set –

western Ukraine.

Ukraine is a huge country of 50 million people in Europe, with 7 countries

surrounding it – Poland, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus and


I lived in the capital – Kyiv – for 10 years, and spent a lot of time exploring the

different cities and villages and countryside and learning the languages, and

about the culture. During this time, I completely fell in love with the country and to

this day it has a huge place in my heart.

I decided to set my debut novel in a village in western Ukraine – which is near

the border with Poland. This is my favourite part of the country, and I think, the

most beautiful. The villages there look like you have walked into a fairytale and

people still have many animals – there are always geese in the road and goats

tied up to fences and every home has a dog, and probably chickens and a

rooster. The villages can be noisy places!

The springtime in Ukraine is especially amazing because it comes after months

and months of heavy snow and hard winter. Suddenly, everything is wild and

green and growing before your eyes. It’s a dramatic change after the white and

grey your eyes have got used to.

I hope that some of my readers might be inspired to find out more about this

amazing country and even to visit it! In the meantime, I have tried to paint a

picture of what it is like in my novel.

Thank you for reading!

~ Leonora

Giveaway! OPEN INT!

8 thoughts on “Guest Post||The Woman Behind The Waterfall by Leonora Meriel

  1. Devika Ramadoss says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Recommendations?Ha ha,actually only few months before I started to explore Literary Fiction. Have two books of Khaled Hosseini, yet to read it

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, fingers crossed.

    Liked by 1 person

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