The Road To Donetsk

The Road To Donetsk It is and an idealistic Vanessa Parker enters the world of international aid bringing with her youth beauty and passion to do good in the Wild East of Ukraine after the sudden collapse of commu

  • Title: The Road To Donetsk
  • Author: Diane Chandler
  • ISBN: 9780993092244
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1994 and an idealistic Vanessa Parker enters the world of international aid, bringing with her youth, beauty and passion to do good in the Wild East of Ukraine after the sudden collapse of communism The country and its people completely win her heart As does Dan, a jaded American Deputy Bureau Chief of USAID Highly charged and turbulent, their love for each otheIt is 1994 and an idealistic Vanessa Parker enters the world of international aid, bringing with her youth, beauty and passion to do good in the Wild East of Ukraine after the sudden collapse of communism The country and its people completely win her heart As does Dan, a jaded American Deputy Bureau Chief of USAID Highly charged and turbulent, their love for each other is passionate and unyielding Their romance unfolds in the beautiful lilac filled city of Kiev, on frequent working trips to the coalfields of Donetsk and on weekend visits to the sparkling seas of Odessa, to the pristine ski runs of the Carpathians, and even to the chilling spectacle of Chernobyl Older, wiser, Dan laughs at Vanessa s determination to change the world, but helps her navigate the political minefield of overseas aid He admires her achievements, not least the micro credit scheme she sets up for the resourceful, magnificent wives of the Donetsk coal miners her beloved Divas but warns against her deep felt passion and idealism At the age of just 26, Vanessa has landed her dream man as well as her dream job But then Dan springs a bolt from the blue, which throws her into turmoil In a world where millions of dollars can either wash away in a moment s corruption, or turn around the lives of the neediest, Vanessa is then forced to pit her own naive desire to make a difference against the chaos of a country in transition.

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    1. What would you do if you had £3million to spend on an aid programme in Ukraine? Idealistic Vanessa Parker, in her twenties and eager to help the world starts as a well-meaning innocent, and learns through many bumps just how hard it is to help people. One of the bumps, however, is the dishy Dan, her much more experienced colleague. An easy read, but also full of rich detail, lively characters and insight into the international aid scene, we grow with the heroine (and enjoy her romance too). Aut [...]

    2. As a Ukrainian, I thought this book is a wonderful read. Descriptions of cities and landscapes filled me with nostalgia and longing for my country. It captures the feel and ideology of Ukrainian people, especially in the 90s. Aid was and is something completely foreign, which has been brilliantly described by the author. Poverty and corruption is so common it is generally accepted. At the same time, there is plenty of light-hearted humour and some very insightful reflections on both cultural dif [...]

    3. Don't let the 3 stars confuse you - I'm just discovering that in language it translates to 'I liked it'. What I liked most was the insight into the world of aid (no surprises there) and with the odd reference to missionaries, that world, too. Unfortunately I couldn't care very much for the main character and hello, I'm not a prude, but generally speaking I prefer it when sex scenes in novels are left to my own imagination.I did appreciate the focus on Ukraine and I am sure this book will provid [...]

    4. Written very well, it happily avoid cliche while describing the international aid in Ukraine in 1990th as well as a love story. I was moved by the story and by the developing of the main character, Ness. Must admit I had to refere to the dictionary much more often than I usually do, and I liked it, too.

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