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Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story

Heart of Steel is one of those books that leaves you an emotional mess after you turn the final page. This heartfelt story is written by the grandson of Stanley Puchalski/Miller and what a story it is. Kevin Miller pulls out all the stops and pulls no punches when telling it like it must have happened. Told with heartfelt love of siblings and their mother, he writes as if he were walking in their footsteps and we are walking with him. I was captivated by the detail and how he set each scene. Raw, gritty and at times a bit bloody, I could not put it down until I reached the very last page. And at that last page, I had tears in my eyes. This is a book for the ages and it leaves one wondering just how many similar stories might be ferreted out if one were to just ask the right questions and look in the right closets. Read Heart of Steel – you won’t be disappointed.

Linda Thompson
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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.

Trudi LoPreto
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When leaving a review, I never divulge the story arc. I want the reader to experience, as I did, the excitement, the joy, the angst of reading each page. I read the book in one day. I did try to prolong the enjoyment by putting it down and going outside, but it kept calling me back. And like a piece of fine chocolate, I couldn’t resist. It is that good. Told with passion and vigor, the descriptive narrative of Heart of Steel is fresh and intense. An extremely powerful story which centers on twelve-year old Stanley Puchalski, the second oldest of five children, Heart of Steel is divided into three sections, and begins in the fall of 1920 on the Puchalski’s family farm in Southington, Ohio.
“There he is. Papa. Sitting at the table in his neatly pressed overalls. Always wearing that same stupid T-shirt with the torn collar. His cold blue eyes are mean and piercing. You don’t want to look him directly in the eye for too long. Not if you know what’s good for you.”
If anyone asks if Heart of Steel by Kevin D. Miller is a good book? The answer is simple. “Yes. One hundred times yes.”

Lindie May
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Author Kevin Miller delved deep into his untold family history to give us a story based on his grandfather’s harrowing childhood, and the man he became. Set in Ohio during the 1920s, “Heart of Steel” hits all the right notes of that period, a time of Prohibition in America. Miller pulls no punches with the dark side of events and does a masterful job blending fiction with fact. His characters are compelling and well-developed, and the dialogue is snappy, often fun. I read it in far into the night to find out what happens. A treat for fans of historical fiction set in the fascinating early 20th century, and those who enjoy novels based on true events.

Author Claudia Oltean

One day, author Kevin Miller discovered that his last name wasn’t Miller at all; it was Pulchalski. His grandfather, Stanley Pulchalski, changed his name in an attempt to reinvent himself after a family tragedy. Heart of Steel will take you back to the early morning hours of September 13, 1920, when events were set into motion that would reverberate into the present. At once a murder mystery, family drama, and sweeping romance, this book based on a true story is well worth the read.

MacKenzie Stuart
Early Bird Books


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