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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
It was an experience of joy, sadness and of family love that made reading Heart of Steel by Kevin D. Miller unforgettable. We meet young Stanley Pulchalski, his brothers, sisters, mom, and dad and share in their life experiences right alongside them. Heart of Steel starts in the early 1920s in a farmhouse where we meet Stanley at the young age of 12 and we share his life until his death in 1985. We cry along with Stanley as he is put into an orphanage and find joy when he works hard to make a better life for his siblings Frank, Sophie, Annie, and Michael. We suffer the ups and down of young love as he courts Emma Mae. We meet the people he works for and the enemies he makes along the way. Stanley never loses hope, drive, and determination through the good times and the bad.
Heart of Steel is the true story of Stanley Miller and it is hard to find a more realistic tale that will touch you deeply. Kevin D. Miller has written of abuse, murder, prohibition, life on the farm, pain, suffering and joy with so much heart and feeling. I felt as though I was sharing a story with a friend and felt all of Stanley’s emotional ups and downs with him. I cried, I laughed, I worried and I couldn’t stop reading Heart of Steel because it is just a really good book. Heart of Steel covers so many genres and is good reading for the young, the old, male and female – just about everyone should read this book.