Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story

Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story

by Kevin Miller

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Overview

In the early morning hours of September 13, 1920, a tragic murder takes place at the Pulchalski farmhouse in Southington, Ohio. Twelve-year-old Stanley desperately runs along a dusty country road sent by his frantic mother to fetch the Sheriff. An infamous scandal unfolds over the next several weeks taking Stanley and his siblings on a harrowing journey through a notorious orphanage in Warren Ohio and an incredible attempt to escape. Finding true love is Stanley's only hope to finally come to terms with the torment of his tragic past. The story is based on true events in the life of Stanley William Miller. It inspires the heart on how a young man's devotion to his family pushes him beyond impossible odds and testifies to the perseverance of the human spirit. A murder mystery. An infamous scandal. A beautiful love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578609829
Publisher: Webmiller Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2019
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 219,127
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Kevin was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Arizona at the age of six where he grew up and attended school. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters who are pursuing acting careers. Kevin graduated with honors from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology and also from The University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He served in the United States Air force for 8 years as an Electronics Technician, then spent 12 years as an Engineering Technician and Technical Writer for Motorola. He later changed careers to become a professional Web Developer/Designer for the City of Peoria in Arizona for 14 years and retired early in 2016. His hobbies include physical fitness, weight training, writing, arts, background acting and travel. Kevin owns WebMiller Custom Design helping individuals and small business with their web design needs. To learn more visit: HeartOfSteelBook.com.

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ReadersFavorite4 14 days ago
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story by Kevin D Miller takes us back in time to rural Ohio in 1920, to the Puchalski farm just out of Southington, Ohio. Family patriarch George Puchalski, a Polish immigrant, has made a success of his “American Dream” as a respected businessman and farmer in the rural district. George, however, has his demons, with a wandering eye, a violent temper, and an alcoholic disposition, which are expressed with rage and violence against his wife and children. After one particularly violent episode in which his wife and daughter are both viciously beaten, the family is in turmoil. When George is murdered in his bed one night and his wife arrested for complicity in his murder, the five siblings suddenly find themselves orphans. It falls on twelve-year-old Stanley William Puchalski to step up and become a “little man” in order to protect his siblings from the abuses inherent in orphanages of the time. We follow Stanley’s rites of passage into adulthood as Stanley William Puchalski transforms himself into Stanley William Miller and the five children seek to put their violent past behind them forever. Author Kevin D Miller has taken a gamble in writing about such a hidden and violent past from his ancestors. This is never an easy task as it is difficult to be objective when dealing with family histories, with so many sensitivities to be aware of. In Heart of Steel, Miller handles the difficult teenage years of his grandfather with clear pride but also tempered with an understanding that this young man, forced to grow up so early, was also stalked by demons similar to his father. He was able to give the character a wonderful balance between his big heart and his burgeoning wild side. I particularly loved the determination and courage Stanley showed in taking responsibility for his four siblings at such a tender age. The author’s pride in his grandfather’s courage shines through this book like a beacon, as does the love between his grandfather and grandmother. This story is one, first and foremost, of love – a mother’s love for her children that would drive her to commit an unspeakable act and the love of five siblings for each other and ultimately both of their parents. I thoroughly enjoyed the overarching theme of forgiveness that ran through the narrative. This is a fantastically easy book to read and one I would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction and family drama, or simply anyone who loves a good tale, especially with a basis in fact.
ReadersFavorite3 14 days ago
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story by Kevin D Miller takes us back in time to rural Ohio in 1920, to the Puchalski farm just out of Southington, Ohio. Family patriarch George Puchalski, a Polish immigrant, has made a success of his “American Dream” as a respected businessman and farmer in the rural district. George, however, has his demons, with a wandering eye, a violent temper, and an alcoholic disposition, which are expressed with rage and violence against his wife and children. After one particularly violent episode in which his wife and daughter are both viciously beaten, the family is in turmoil. When George is murdered in his bed one night and his wife arrested for complicity in his murder, the five siblings suddenly find themselves orphans. It falls on twelve-year-old Stanley William Puchalski to step up and become a “little man” in order to protect his siblings from the abuses inherent in orphanages of the time. We follow Stanley’s rites of passage into adulthood as Stanley William Puchalski transforms himself into Stanley William Miller and the five children seek to put their violent past behind them forever. Author Kevin D Miller has taken a gamble in writing about such a hidden and violent past from his ancestors. This is never an easy task as it is difficult to be objective when dealing with family histories, with so many sensitivities to be aware of. In Heart of Steel, Miller handles the difficult teenage years of his grandfather with clear pride but also tempered with an understanding that this young man, forced to grow up so early, was also stalked by demons similar to his father. He was able to give the character a wonderful balance between his big heart and his burgeoning wild side. I particularly loved the determination and courage Stanley showed in taking responsibility for his four siblings at such a tender age. The author’s pride in his grandfather’s courage shines through this book like a beacon, as does the love between his grandfather and grandmother. This story is one, first and foremost, of love – a mother’s love for her children that would drive her to commit an unspeakable act and the love of five siblings for each other and ultimately both of their parents. I thoroughly enjoyed the overarching theme of forgiveness that ran through the narrative. This is a fantastically easy book to read and one I would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction and family drama, or simply anyone who loves a good tale, especially with a basis in fact.
ReadersFavorite2 14 days ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story by Kevin D Miller is the story of a young man who fought tooth and nail to get the life he deserved and paved the way for a better future for family generations to come. Stanley was just a 12-year-old boy when his mother sent him to find the Sheriff and bring him to their house. Some men want something from his family and young Stanley has no idea what they want from them. Desperate and devastated, this one incident changed the life of Stanley and his siblings. All they wanted was a good life where they could be together, but when they found themselves in an orphanage, they wanted to escape as quickly as possible. Through the years, Stanley learns that there is more to life than just fighting to survive. Through the years Stanley finds love, a reason to fight for something completely different, and learns what it means to be really happy. This was such a heartwarming novel for me. Stanley’s struggles, his emotions and his commitment to his family were simply wonderful. I had such a welcoming feeling while reading of his growth through his struggles and trying to make the best of the hand life had dealt him. I was in awe of how strong he was; he added so much depth to the story. I enjoyed how the author brought everything to life and, considering the fact that this is a debut novel, it is very commendable. The word choice, the amazing imagery, and the descriptive narrative were perfect for the story. I enjoyed it all immensely.
ReadersFavorite1 14 days ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Heart of Steel is a work of historical fiction set in the early twentieth century and was penned by author Kevin D Miller. Based on true events which took place in the life of Kevin's ancestor, Stanley William Miller, the tale begins with tragedy for the twelve-year-old Stanley when he is sent running for the Sheriff with cries of murder ringing in his ears. We follow Stanley through America during the 1920s and '30s, through orphanages and growing up to attempting to face the world on his own. Abuse and heartache go hand in hand with love and hope in this inspiring family saga of triumph over hardship. Author Kevin D Miller writes with great empathy and skill in this loving tribute to the true-life events of Stanley Miller and the struggles he went through. Though the tale is fictionalized and told through narrative perspectives, the authentic details of history and life at that time keep us grounded in firm reality, reminding us how very real Stanley’s problems were, even at their most harrowing and incredible. The organization of chapters is highly engaging to keep you reading on and on, eager for more details to unfold and new twists in Stanley’s life which we hope will lead him to eventual happiness. What results is an empowering narrative with very relatable characters and the full gamut of human emotions on display. Overall, Heart of Steel lives up to its strong, emotive title, and is certainly recommended for fans of historical family sagas and true to life tales of triumph over adversity.
ReadersFavorite 14 days ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite It was an experience of joy, sadness and of family love that made reading Heart of Steel by Kevin D. Miller unforgettable. We meet young Stanley Pulchalski, his brothers, sisters, mom, and dad and share in their life experiences right alongside them. Heart of Steel starts in the early 1920s in a farmhouse where we meet Stanley at the young age of 12 and we share his life until his death in 1985. We cry along with Stanley as he is put into an orphanage and find joy when he works hard to make a better life for his siblings Frank, Sophie, Annie, and Michael. We suffer the ups and down of young love as he courts Emma Mae. We meet the people he works for and the enemies he makes along the way. Stanley never loses hope, drive, and determination through the good times and the bad. 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.
Anonymous 14 days ago
One of the best reads of the year. This novel written by K.D. Miller takes you through a 1920 rural Ohio true murder mystery that leaves you wanting for more. This book is a remarkable story of sacrifice and selfless love for mother and siblings that everyone needs to experience. Set aside enough time to read the entire book because you will not want to put it down. Looking forward to motion picture.