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November 1920. Russia may have endured the Revolution, but a brutal civil war still rages. As brothers are pitted against each other in battle, thousands of Russians flee as the threat draws ever closer. As distant relatives of the Romanovs, the Kirilov family is never far from suspicion, and closer to danger than most. When tragedy strikes, four-year-old Lydia Kirillova i ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Allison & Busby (first published 2011)
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Francois Houle
I finished this novel last night and it was fairly good. I had hoped the story would be more about Russia and the time of the revolution, which it is at the beggining, but the story spans about 40+ years and Lydia ends up living in England for most of her life. The pace is slow, with long narratives so if this isn't your cup of tea, then maybe you should pass. If you do enjoy a story that develops slowly and takes you on a journey of sort, then you should enjoy it. There is love and plenty of tr ...more
Anne Harvey
Right from the start, I couldn't get enough of this book. It is, in my opinion, a cracking story from start to finish. When four-year-old Lydia is orphaned by the Civil War following the Russian Revolution, she is adopted by an English diplomat. After making an unwise marriage, she is abandoned in Ukraine, distraught because her baby has been taken from her. At the start of WW2, she is rescued by Alex, a lifelong friend. Many years later, after Alex's long imprisonment in Siberia and Lydia's sec ...more
Julie Bonello
Downtown Abbey meets Dr Zhivago in Mary Nichols’ The Kirilov Star, an enthralling saga of heartbreaking loss, impossible promises and enduring love.

The dark clouds of war had changed four year old Lydia Kirrilova’s life forever. A distant relative of the Romanovs, Lydia and her family had once led a life of luxury and opulence, but now their every waking thought is consumed by fear and danger. When the lives of Lydia’s entire family is claimed by this destructive war, the four year old child is
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Nancy Ellis
Thoroughly enjoyable romantic story about a young girl who is rescued from revolutionary Russia, the only one of her aristocratic family who escapes. She is brought to England by an English diplomat and eventually adopted by him and his wife. She leads a privileged life but never forgets her heritage and runs back to the new Russia with her lover. Unfortunately, the new Russia is not quite the paradise they expected, so she frantically tries to locate her stolen baby before being rescued and sen ...more
Lisa Bergin
Really enjoyable book about a girl Lydia who escapes post revolutionary Russia,but who never lets go of what she left behind. Recommended.
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gave up on this. really enjoyed the summer house but couldn't get into this.
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Born in Singapore to a Dutch-South African father and an English mother, Mary Nichols came to England when she was three and considers herself totally English. Her father, like many people who learn English as a second language, would have no sloppiness, either spoken or written, and Mary puts her love of the language down to him. He was also a great reader and there were always books in the house ...more
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