Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Jewel of St. Petersburg

If you love beautiful historical romances, you'll love this one set in Russia in 1911. This is the time the Russian revolution strikes the country, when the poor strike again the rich. Valentina Ivanov is the finance minister's eldest daughter. When her younger sister Katya is crippled in a horse accident, she wants to be a nurse, while taking care of her. Nonetheless, she plays the piano well and falls in love with Jens Friis, a Danish printer, who bewitches her. When she's set up in an arranged marriage, she doesn't like it one bit, when jealous strikes the couple, and a spy plots against the family. Not only that, there's cholera in the air. When Valentina gets married to Jens, he gives her father something he needs to make it work. Years past, it's World War One, when the Friis family is on the run from a new rule to China. But it's not easy, when a rival reveals himself and makes an even plot against them. What a delightful story, which continues with the Russian Concubine.

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