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Where the journeys lead to stories and the stories lead to journeys.
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger Author and Publisher

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The Reschen Valley Series


The Reschen Valley Series Box Set

Dive into the little-known history of Italy's South Tyrol and discover what lies beneath the surface.

…really rather marvellous. Wonderfully addictive. Lucyk-Berger is a born storyteller.
Mary Anne Yarde Coffee Pot Book Club blogger

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Book 1
A plan to flood a valley. A means to destroy a culture.

1920. Former Austrian Tyrol. The Great War is over but a new conflict has begun. When Katharina Thaler finds an injured Italian veteran on her mountain, saving him will thrust both into a labyrinth of prejudice, corruption and greed.

Book 2
Burying the past comes at a high price...

1924. Northern Italy. When the Fascist floodgates burst, Katharina must reach out to the one man whom she’s sworn to forget. Follows directly after No Man’s Land.

Book 3
On the journey to discovering who she is, Annamarie finds out who she is not.

1937. South Tyrol. Annamarie snaps up her ticket out of the Reschen Valley in the form of a politician’s son and fascist uniform. But the confrontations have just begun…

The Prequel
Pride goes before the fall.

1900s South Tyrol. Fritz Hanny, the antagonist in the first two books of the series, creates and descends into his own hell.

Coming April 2021

Book 4
How do you take a stand when the enemies lurk within your own home?

1938. South Tyrol. Katharina, Angelo, and Annamarie are confronted by the oppressive force created by Mussolini’s and Hitler’s political union. Angelo puts aside his prejudices and seeks an alliance with old enemies; Katharina fights to keep her family together as the valley is forced to choose between Italian and German nationhood, and Annamarie finds herself in the thick of a fascist regime she thought she understood. All will be forced to choose sides and none will escape betrayal.

The Historical Background Blog

Discover the histories behind the stories.

In light of the memorials that have been destroyed and taken down from public spaces this past year, historian Hannes Obermair examines how monuments and...
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After WWI and ratification of the Versailles treaty, Italy, as a European ally, was ceded the portion of Tyrol south of Brenner Pass. As part...
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(Part 3 of 3) Photo: Property of the author The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) In 1941–42, Bul’ba Borovets had formed a non-political unit of resistance...
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“Ukraine was, to the Germans, first and foremost a source of food; secondly, of coal, iron and other minerals; and thirdly, of slave labour.” –...
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(Part 1 of 3)Souvenirs from Kiev will be releasing on Jan 31, 2020. It is a collection of six stories by six distinct voices that provide...
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Now working on the fourth book in the series (not including the prequel), I am dealing with the events that led the Third Reich and...
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Food is one of my passions, a close second to writing. When penning the scenes in the Reschen Valley series, I make sure that my characters eat and...
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The Italian woman must follow Italian fashion. Taste, elegance and originality have demonstrated that this initiative can and must be successful. –Italian Fascist Party edict...
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Each of my novels requires anywhere from 20 to 30 books of research about the era I’m writing in. For the Reschen Valley series, I read...
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In the second of this two-part series, I’ll introduce you to the top museums dedicated to depicting the historical battles of WW1 (and WW2) in the...
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Behind the Words

My focus is on historical fiction with a special interest in how my characters develop under great duress, in conflict, and whether it’s going to be the good, the bad or the ugly that comes out of them. Writing strong women characters gives me a real kick, as does exploring cultural clashes, languages, and relationships. For a real deep look at how I approach the historical fiction genre, you will want to read this.

When I am not working on my projects, I buzz around the area as a business communications trainer, consultant, and coach. I develop educational programs, materials and corporate training games, too. I am always looking for ways to broaden my horizons and help others. I enjoy connecting with people and challenging myself and others to look from different perspectives.

When I rest on my laurels, it’s to spend quality time with my family, our friends, our dog, our cat, and our garden. To bring me back to the real world, I love cooking up a storm and sharing in the pleasures of good food and good company. That, mountain hikes, and the sea are fodder for my soul and creativity.

What are you reading? What do you think of my books? Reach out and ask me anything about my writing or my stories. I look forward to engaging with you!

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Historical Fiction
Author and Publisher


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Tips and Tricks for Hopeful Writers

I run three businesses full-time, so I am sorry, but I do not take unsolicited manuscripts and I currently do not have the capacity or time to mentor hopeful writers.

I can recommend Anne Aylor’s So You Want to Write a Novel! course, retreat, and her mentoring services. I worked under her tutelage for ten years before publishing. I can also highly recommend the Faber & Faber WIP online course, where I gained valuable craft-building skills as well as built relationships with other writers with whom I still exchange ideas and manuscripts. Writing will require an investment — financial, time, and loads of  learning about what the profession requires. You don’t wake up being a prima ballerina or heart surgeon; you don’t wake up being a best-selling author either.

I also encourage you to take a look at this author’s detailed resources regarding how to get your book published.

Please note: As a rule, it is taboo in the industry to send authors unsolicited manuscripts. If you are looking to share ARCs, are looking for a review or for a blurb on your cover, please make sure your book is set to be published and relates to the genre the author writes in. I’m happy to consider assisting if I have the capacity. Thank you in advance for your professional courtesy!