Book Of The Day – Push Not the River

by Ron on August 4, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Historical Fiction novel by award-winning author James Conroyd Martin and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Push Not the River has a 4.6 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“I found this an absolutely wonderful and engaging story, certainly a must read for anyone of Polish descent.” Gary – Amazon Reviewer

Push Not the River
by James Conroyd Martin
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $2


Award-Winning Author

A panoramic and epic novel in the grand romantic style, PUSH NOT THE RIVER is the rich story of Poland in the late 1700s–a time of heartache and turmoil as the country’s once peaceful people are being torn apart by neighboring countries and divided loyalties. It is then, at the young and vulnerable age of seventeen, when Lady Anna Maria Berezowska loses both of her parents and must leave the only home she has ever known.

With Empress Catherine’s Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is quickly thrust into a world of love and hate, loyalty and deceit, patriotism and treason, life and death. Even kind Aunt Stella, Anna’s new guardian who soon comes to personify Poland’s courage and spirit, can’t protect Anna from the uncertain future of the country.

Anna, a child no longer, turns to love and comfort in the form of Jan, a brave patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her beautiful and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her sights on the handsome young fighter. Thus Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia’s jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions. Forced to survive several tragic events, many of them orchestrated by the crafty Zofia, a strengthened Anna begins to learn to place herself in the way of destiny–for love and for country. Heeding the proud spirit of her late father, Anna becomes a major player in the fight against the countries who come to partition her beloved Poland.

PUSH NOT THE RIVER is based on the true eighteenth century diary of Anna Maria Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the historic Third of May Constitution. Vivid, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable story of the metamorphosis of a nation–and of a proud and resilient young woman.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

I found Jim Martin’s historical novel a fascinating and well balanced depiction of life in Poland during the later part of the eighteenth-century. The ability of the author to pull the reader along with vivid descriptives, based on a diary of a Polish Countess, gives the reader a realistic sense of what Poland lived through in attempting to establish Europe’s first democracy.


The intriguing aspect of the book is the fact that it is taken from an actual diary that the author was allowed to delve into. It is amazing to think that a woman so long ago sat wherever she could to tell us this incredible tale. To my mind, James Martin has done an incredible job of discerning who she was, and giving her to us completely. He does it with wonderful imagery and inescapable plotlines. It would be a shame to miss this one.


“Push Not the River” was every bit as thrilling and romantic as classic novels such as “Pride and Prejudice” and “Jane Eyre.” It engrossed me from start to finish and left me wanting to know more about Anna’s diary and life. In short, I thought the book was great and am very glad to be adding it to my personal library.


I went into this book a little blindly, not knowing quite what it was going to be about. What I found was a thoroughly impressive tail of romance, mystery, suspense and the incredible history of war-torn Poland during the 18th century. It is remarkable! When I finished, I found myself actually missing the characters.


This is one of the most spell-binding books I have ever read. I could not put it down and the many pages just flew by. The author transports the readers into another era and holds their attention until the very last word. Any persons looking for excellent reading while traveling this summer, this is the book for you.

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About The Author

James Conroyd Martin is the author of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of Anna Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution. After working on the project for some years without raising interest within the publishing community, Martin self-published in 2001. Just one year later, St. Martin’s Press purchased the book and released a hard cover edition in September 2003. Polish and German rights sold almost immediately.

The Polish edition, Nie ponaglaj rzeki, was released in May of 2005, became a bestseller and sold out in a matter of months. Anna’s story had come full circle: Polish to English to Polish! Pod purpurowym niebem, the translation of Against a Crimson Sky,also became a bestseller when published in December of 2007.

Martin, who holds degrees from St. Ambrose and DePaul Universities, is a longtime English and creative writing teacher at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He is working on his third novel, The Warsaw Conspiracy, a political thriller that will complete the trilogy.

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