About the Book


Old Country Surprises follows Mike Bennek as he embarks on a research holiday trip to Ukraine. The trip was his ailing grandfather’s request that he eagerly accepts. He looks forward to connecting with his family’s past; along with his brothers and a few friends. Little does he know that it will be a vacation of a lifetime.


From the moment they arrive, the group becomes enchanted with the different culture surrounding them. Exotic new foods, architectural wonders, and the language itself wrap them in the past. But Mike also realizes that the Ukrainian people have not forgotten their troubled past under the Soviet Union. It is one more narrative he must add to his grandfather’s story and soon, he will discover more.


With colorful details of the Ukraine and a dash of romance, Old Country Surprises speaks to the importance of family and the bonds of loyalty.


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