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Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolutionand World War I Europe, Zoya, young cousin tothe Tsar, flees St. Petersburg to Paris to find safety. Her entireworld forever changed, she faces hard times and joins the Ballet Russe in Paris. And then, when life is kind to her,Zoya moves on to a new and glittering life in New York. Thedays of ease are all too brief as the Depre...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 4th 1989 by Dell (first published January 1st 1988)
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This is pretty much the only Danielle Steel novel that I ever liked. I would get her books as gifts, or I would pick one up thinking I would like it and just never did--they were all too similar, too lacking in substance--the cotton candy of books for me. Except Zoya. This one, I actually thoroughly enjoyed (it was a gift and at first I though, oh no...) Maybe it's because of the whole Russian history aspect...or maybe Ms. Steel was differently inspired for this book. At any rate, if you don't u...more
Jun 15, 2007 Lucille rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: losers
I really liked this book when I was 10, mainly because I was obsessed with the Russian Revolution and cherished the possibility that I might be Anastasia Romanov. I've read it since then and it is the usual Danielle Steel schlock with tons of ellipses to fill space, lots of cliches, and banal unevocative descriptions. But, there's no such thing as a cliche when you're 10! It's a good read for people who are younger, not widely read, or big fans of Danielle Steel, as I used to be.
Danielle Steel once again proved that she is a great author. On the contrary to popular belief, she does not write these 'sweet' romances. Her heroines have to overcome so many obstacles to reach their happy ending that a reader only wonders 'Should a life be so cruel and hard?' and 'Is it even worth it?'. I don't know but I find all of her novels so realistic and believable...
In this case, our main character a young countess Zoya lives a pleasant life with her family in St. Petersburg. However,...more
Carol Storm
Reading this book is like watching the trailer for an incredible movie -- and then realizing that you just watched the movie and there was nothing more to come!

Every time Zoya is in some new and interesting situation, you think, ah, now it will get really exciting and romantic. Only it never does! She's a pampered princess in Russia for like, five pages. Then she's poor in Paris. Then she's rich again. Then she's poor again. And all the time it was like, when will the action really start?

This is one of my favorites. I'm not a huge D.S. fan but this story is one that I love to read; over and over again. Fictional characters fit so seamlessly into actual historical events and she describes it all so beautifully. Almost makes you wish you had been there to see it and enjoy the ride of highs and lows along with the characters in the story.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Aug 10, 2012 Ces rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ces by: My Algebra Tutor
This is one of the two books from Danielle Steel that I've read. And I can't even remember the title of the other one (Update: Hey, It's The Gift! Lol). But this one's something else.

I have always been curious about the Russian Revolution since having watched the animated movie 'Anastasia'. I've researched extensively about the Romanov family and watched a lot of documentaries about it. So when my Algebra Tutor mentioned that she used to read this book about the Czar and his fallen family (it w...more
A l’aube de la révolution russe, Zoya, une jeune cousine du tsar se voit obligée de fuir son pays avec sa grand-mère. Toutes deux gagnent Paris, où elles doivent s’habituer à une existence en tout point différent du luxe qu’elles ont connu auparavant. Heureusement, la force de caractère de la jeune fille lui permettra de survivre et de se construire une vie agréable, entre la France et New York.
Zoya retrace le portrait d’une jeune fille incroyable, qui fera preuve d’une capacité d’adaptation ini...more
If you didn't see the 1990s TV movie, or want to read the book version of it, Zoya's set in the beautiful backdrop of Russia, during the World War I Europe for this magical and classic Danielle Steel historical romance. Zoya, a cousin of the Tsar, fled Russia to find safety in Paris France. While her world changed before her eyes, she joined the local French ballet, and when things settled down in her life, she moved to New York City. During the Great Depression, she lost everything she had in s...more
Sasha Dayo
OMG. When I read this book. I did not return to the owner. I become bitchy about and boy did I just own it!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've read this book many tyms and I have never got bored with it. Zoya from the tym she escapes the Russian Revolution with her grandma, the hardships and pain she went through. wow. Its tells of the tale of richness, to glory , to poverty, war, deaths, beauty and survfival of a young Russian princess from the 1900s to the Cold War. She survived all the wars. IT IS LOVABLE.
Olean Public Library
Set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, Zoya was a good "beach" read while vacationing in the Outer Banks of NC. In typical Danielle Steel fashion, leading character, Zoya, is a strong, determined, beautiful woman who must face and overcome many challenges and obstacles. The writing was somewhat "flat" and when characters died I didn't feel any emotion. The historical setting and connections to the Russian Tsar were the most interesting part of the book for me.
Rating: 4.8 stars.

- Characters: 4.5 stars.
- Plot: 4.5 stars.
- Setting: 5 stars.

I loved this book! It's not something I would normally read, but I was gifted it from a friend for my birthday. It starts out with a seventeen year old Zoya, living in St. Petersburg. Her cousin is the Tsar, so she lives in luxury. But that all changes in a very short moment.

Let's start with the characters. I loved most of the characters! There was a few, one is particular, that I wasn't that fond of. What also kind o...more
I vividly remember this book - my grandmother gave it to me and I read it when I was a teenager. I absolutely loved it. It led me to other Danielle Steel books, which for some reason I kept reading, even after I realized they were all almost exactly the same. This one is, without a doubt, her best (in my opinion), and I'd love to reread it to see if it holds up after over 20 years.
اصلا پیشنهاد نمیکنم، این ترجمه را بخوانید، مگر این که از جان خود سیر شده باشید، برای ترجمه کردن یک داستان، مترجم دست کم باید دستور زبان فارسی را بداند، مگر این که خود نویسنده باشد و سبک نگارش خود را داشته باشد، بنظرم حتی یکبار هم پس از تایپ متن را ادیتوری نخوانده و اصلاح نشده، خواندن یکی از این داستانها انسان را از وضع چاپ و نشر دلزده میکند
one of my fave novels of her.

It's about a Russian girl's life before and after the chaos in Russia. She was one of the people who close to the Tsar's family. Really interesting, she really tasted the sweet and bitter life and best of all, she fought for her happiness and survived the hard times.
Fatema Al Fardan
Another Danielle Steel cliche. She has brilliant stories to tell, although almost all of her novels are written in the same style. It is not fun reading a book when you can presume the ending halfway through it.
This novel kept me going because I was intrigued by the History. I recently got the opportunity to learn about WWI and it was fascinating to read about the Tsar’s cousin! When it finally clicked that she was writing about real Historical events I was jumping up and down. It's captivati...more
Rachel Macik
I read this one in High School. I really liked it because it was the only thing I could do while in detention hall. (that could be its own story). It was the biggest book my mom had, on her dresser. I stole it to keep me occupied. It worked. I want one of those eggs.
loved this book. counldn't stop thinking about it. Was about a girl who grew up during the Russian revolution during the rein of the Czar. Follow thru her escape from the revolutionaries into Europe and the the US.
I don't read Danielle Steel, the last book I read by her was clearly written by a 10 year old ghost writer. But, Zoya was a great book, well written and full of history about Czarist Russia.
Kandice Poirier
well, i read this book like 30 times throughout highschool, and i still love it. even if it is a cheesy love novel.
Danielle Steel's books always have a bit of real life history added which makes them more interesting.
Nisha Patel

A bit slow at the beginning but a book worth reading! Shows you can conquer anything! Loved it
One of my all time favs from her. It made me laugh, smile and cry. I never do that in a book.
a great novel with full of sad and happiness occurs..
Maram Alawad
أحببت الرواية جدا، هي اول رواية لدانيل ستيل اقرؤها وبعيدا عن علاقات زويا العديدة الا أني أحببت الرواية والبطلة معا،
كلما ظننت أن الحال سيدوم يأتي القدر ليفاجأك ويعبث بمخططاتك ويرسم لك دربا ما فكرت يوما فيه ،

الرواية تتحدث عن فترة زمنية مهمة كل شخص يريد ان ينظر اليها عن كثب ، الثورة البلشفية الحرب العالمية الاولى وانتهائها بمعاهدة فرساي عام 1919 ثم الحرب العالمية الثانية التي انتهت باستسلام اليابان عقب القنبلتين النوويتين عام 1945 وما حدث للدوقة ومن ثم الكونتيسة الروسية اثناء هذه الظروف الاسثنائي...more
everyone has their crap reads. lol.
Kayla Bellinger
When rereading a book you loved when you were much younger (like, eleven), there's always a risk. The book might not be as good as you remembered it, you might dislike the characters, and those fond memories of reading it as a kid could be ruined. Reading things for nostalgia reasons is dangerous, and that's what I discovered when reading this book.

'Zoya' is the story of the titular character's life. It begins in Imperial Russia, where Zoya is cousins with the Romanovs and her life is destroyed...more
Vanessa Martin
Sep 15, 2013 Vanessa Martin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young women
Recommended to Vanessa by: Mom
Amazing! Could not put this book down. When I did it was lost for 3 days and it was super sad. I hear there is a lifetime movie for it and I can't wait to take some time to watch it.

This is my first Danielle Steel book and I wish I hadn't waited to so long to read one. I never read them because my mom had them all when I was growing up and I figured #oldladybook. Well I was wrong.
This romance novel was well written and realistic. It was actually very "appropriate" and almost too appropriate. I...more
Gloria Bernal
I hadn't read a Steel book in many years as the last few I read seemed to be written by an amateur. I noticed in reading other reviews that I wasn't the only one that felt this way. She was getting highly criticized by long-time fans. I also dropped her. My sister recommended I read this when I returned from St. Petersburg, so I did. I was glad I did, even though at times getting through it frustrated me. It's not a story I will easily forget, and actually I should have read it prior to my trip...more
Jamie Casey
This is the story of a Russian girl who is royalty and lives during the fall down of the Russian Embassy and WWI. Zoya and her grandmother, along with one servant escape just as their castle is seized and set on fire. They escape to France where life is very hard. They sell precious jewels for piddly amounts and Zoya becomes a dancer, much to her grandmothers' dismay. She earns a life for the three of them so they won't starve. She falls in love with an American soldier (who is twice her age)who...more
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