In the face of adversity, the human spirit truly reveals its power.



About A Grain of Hope

In the heart of Ukraine’s fertile lands, thirteen-year-old Oksana Kovalenko leads a simple life with her family. The rolling fields and rustic charm of her small farming village are all that she knows. That is, until the Soviet Union takes power, and her world is turned upside down.

About Melissa

Melissa Cole is a writer renowned for her deep commitment to historical research. Inspired by the forgotten victims of the Ukrainian famine known as the Holodomor, her debut historical fiction title, “A Grain of Hope,” captivates readers with its poignant portrayal of human suffering and resilience.

As a survivor of a life-altering heart attack in 2018, she brings a unique perspective to her storytelling, infusing her work with resilience, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to providing her readers with tales of survival.

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“A heart-wrenching meticulously researched tale of the Ukrainian Holodomor.” 

BookLife Editor's Pick

“A heartbreaking story of starvation, cruelty, and survival.” 

Kirkus Reviews

“Superb writing and expert pacing propel this compelling historical fiction along like jet fuel. You don't want to miss this one! Riveting!” 


“The story virtually leaps off the page and into your heart.” 


A Grain of Hope presents a solid fictionalized account of one family's life within a carefully researched historical setting.” 

—Dr. J. Otto Pohl, historian and author of The Years of Great Silence

The story moves at a perfect pace, the characters are alive, the tension is gripping, and the story is one that must be told.” 

— Amazon Review

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