Larysa Plawan Levycky Releases Historical Fiction ‘Destiny’

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New book tells tale of perseverance, love, tragedy for one German woman

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This novel will show readers how people learned to cope with dignity and perseverance during World War II.

Author Larysa Plawan Levycky wanted the world to know how much German aristocrats have contributed to agriculture and cultural development of Eastern Ukraine and how during Josef Stalin’s regime, German aristocrats were persecuted. It prompted her in writing the historical fiction titled “Destiny” (published by Trafford Publishing).

When the third generation of the Von Shtattens was born at the height of the Communist Revolution, the family loses nearly all their wealth, forcing a series of events that lead the beautiful 19-year-old Lydia Von Shtatten to change her name to avoid Communist attention and eventually marry and have children with concert pianist, Leonid Leontev. But as Hitler moves through the Ukraine, Leonid is inducted into the Red Army and goes missing in action. Lydia must rely on help from her cousin to survive as the Gestapo terrorizes the innocent and changes her future once again. As Lydia’s destiny leads her across Europe and eventually to Canada, she must struggle to endure all her challenges amid the chaos of a brutal war.

“This novel will show readers how people learned to cope with dignity and perseverance during World War II,” Levycky says. “It will also give them an opportunity to get acquainted with the many lands, people and customs of that period in history.”

“Destiny” is a compelling tale of perseverance, love and tragedy for one woman born of privilege but was forced to rely on her inner-strength to survive World War II Germany and continue her family’s legacy.

By Larysa Plawan Levycky
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 508 pages | ISBN 9781490772974
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 508 pages | ISBN 9781490772981
E-Book | 508 pages | ISBN 9781490772998
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Larysa Plawan Levycky was born in the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine in 1938. She spends all of her childhood in Germany, her teenage years in Toronto and most of her adult life in California. Her professional training at the Canadian National Ballet School, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Walter Thornton Modeling School, provided her with extensive experience in performing arts. She speaks, reads and writes several languages. She operated her own bilingual radio program on station KTYM in Inglewood, California. She conducted her own modeling school and agency for over 23 years in the San Francisco Bay area. Her extensive traveling through Europe, Mexico, United States and Canada has provided her with a deep understanding of human behavior.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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