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The Lost Souls of Angelkov

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  369 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
For Antonina, the wife of a wealthy Russian landowner, the world falls apart one cold spring afternoon when her husband takes her little boy, Misha, out riding. Set upon by kidnappers on horseback, the boy is stolen and the count wounded. Beautiful, musical and sheltered, Antonina is at first stunned and grief-stricken, then helpless as the count sickens and dies.

Paperback, 538 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Random House Canada
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Jinny (Lost-At-Sea Book Reviews)
This book was an impulse buy from Wal-Mart (30% off books’ cover prices, woohoo!), but I’m so glad I did it because I fell in love with it! What interested me was the fact that it took place in 1860′s Russia. I am really enjoying European historical fiction lately, particularly the 1500-1800s, so when I saw this book, I knew I wanted it right away. It was a bit risky since I didn’t know anything about the author and it is such a new book that there are hardly any reviews on it on Goodreads, but ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Maya rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, bumped up to 4 on GR system.

Won from Goodreads Firstreads.

- Have read very little fiction set in Russia so this was a welcome new environment

- Story opens with a kidnapping, written in present tense which gives the scene a lot of urgency and empathy for the characters. Present tense then alternated with past tense for flashback scenes of various POV characters, through whom the reader gains a vivid picture of what it was like to live in the strictly class-divided world with tiny
Steven Langdon
Aug 24, 2012 Steven Langdon rated it really liked it
The second half of the nineteenth century was a creative time of change and turmoil in Russia, with powerful writing, the freeing of the serfs and the rise of a flourishing musical culture. Yet for many of the women and men caught up in these years, upheaval could bring huge uncertainties and social tensions. Linda Holeman traces the impact of such change in a large rural estate, Angelkov, many miles away from the governing circles in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

This is a solid novel, like others
♥ Marlene♥
Oct 14, 2012 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers who like dark novels
3.5 stars.

I love Linda Holeman and I love her books. I've bought all of them and I even bought more copies of her fist 2 books, to give way to friends.

What I loved about this book was the writing and that it was set in Russia.
Normally in her books the main character travels a lot but this time we stayed in Russia. She is very good at describing the characters. You really get to know them and that is also the case in this book.

The thing was, I did not love it as much as I hoped and am used to wit
Sep 20, 2012 M.K. rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars.

I wish I could've liked this book better. It's a historical novel about Russia, specifically the period following the emanicipation of the serfs in the 1860s, it's well-thought out, it definitely immerses you in a different time and place and all but one of the characters are compelling. Except that one character is a biggie. It's the heroine.

SPOILERS AHEAD: The 10-year-old son of Antonina Mitlovsky is kidnapped off the estate (named Angelkov)at the start of the story, so she
Sep 04, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Linda Holeman's books - they are all historical novels and as well as being a good story teller, she is able to teach the reader about life in a different country.

This book is especially intriguing because it takes place in Russia in the 1860's at a time of big change both socially and politically. I haven't read much about Russia and so this has helped to broaden my views of what I tend to think of that country.

The Czar, Alexander II has just declared freedom for all the ser
Jul 10, 2012 1864 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Jul 22, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
Linda Holeman's new masterpiece "The Lost Souls of Angelkov" is a compelling look at 19th century Russia at a time when the serfs are given their freedom by Czar Alexander II.

Novels about Russia tend to be tragic and this novel is no exception.

Countess Antonina Konstantin's young son has been kidnapped by a disgruntled group of freed serfs and is being held for ransom. Her elderly husband, who was severely injured during the incident, is slowly dying. While their estate crumbles around them and
Aug 02, 2012 Johanna rated it really liked it
I love, love, love, Linda Holeman! I always told myself that I didn't like historical fiction. I need to modify that statement. I cannot abide contrived historical novels written by ungifted writers. Each one of Linda Holeman's books have given me a glimpse into another time, country, and culture. I am always wholly present and never feel that I am being shown the highlights in 30 minutes by a cheap tour guide spouting trivialities from a worn out script. I could taste the cold and suffering in ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Edith rated it liked it
This was a bit of a disappointment.. The character of Antonia is weak, mindless and rather unreal. However the story was OK, I found it a bit dull. It just took too long. I was waiting for her to stop drinking the damn wodka, jump on a horse and go find her son!
Jan 05, 2013 CJC rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Ms. Holeman's books. There were a couple of things near the end that were a little too much but overall it was great. Some great characters and I like how she ended it.
Jun 15, 2012 Amber marked it as to-read
Shelves: firstreads-swag
I won a copy of this through FirstReads!
Jul 31, 2015 Prathiba rated it really liked it
An insightful read into Russia of the 1860s with well-crafted characters. Amazing read..
Anita Williams
Oct 27, 2016 Anita Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have finally found a new favorite author.

I gave this book a 5* rating because it was so well researched and written. The details of Russian life became so clear in my mind as I read. Ms. Holeman should be congratulated for exceptional story telling. The characters were unique and and interesting. The story So well written.

When I like a writer, I will read all of their books I can find. Please keep the books coming.
May 21, 2013 Katie rated it did not like it
There are elements to this story that were very promising, and initially drew me to this book. The main backdrop to the story is the emancipation of Russian serfs in 1861 by Czar Alexander II. The novel highlights the struggles of not only the Russian nobility that suddenly lost their enormous source of free labour needed to run their estates, but also that of the newly released serfs who were suddenly faced with extreme poverty and no to little ways of sustaining themselves and their families. ...more
Jo Barton
Mar 06, 2015 Jo Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Russia, after the Emancipation Act of 1861 when Czar Alexander II freed the serfs, The Lost Souls of Angelkov follows the fortunes of Antonina, a rather naive and spoiled aristocrat who is very much a product of her cosseted upbringing. Married to a much older man, Antonina drinks rather too much in order to escape the monotony of her life, but all is thrown into disarray when her beloved ten year old son, Mikhail, is kidnapped, in an alleged plot to extort money from her wealthy husband. ...more
May 06, 2014 Pat rated it it was ok
(Spoilers ahead!)Perilously close to a romance know you are in trouble when the most dimensional and interesting(and notice I didn't say believable)character is a crazed, lesbian serf who commits murder and gets away with it, in order to spend her days doing penance in a convent, while lusting after a young nun.Really, Linda? This is your tribute to your family's Russian heritage? The plot,which is so predictable and pedestrian that it reads like a soap opera,involves a young ...more
 ☆☽ Ruth ☆☽
The novel is set in Russia in the mid 1800s, during a time of great upheaval within the traditional Russian way of life. The emancipation of the serfs by Tsar Alexander II has created an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty for both peasants and nobility.
We follow the story of Antonina, born a pampered Russian princess, severely restricted by the narrow, misogynistic rules of society, which dictate her marriage to a much older man. We also find out about the lives of the people closest to her,
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
Jul 30, 2012 Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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I haven't read a historical book focusing on the time of the Tsar in Russia in quite awhile, so when I was offered the chance to review this book I leapt at it. I was really taken with this cover, it's absolutely gorgeous (I love the colour of it), something that would definitely stop me if I saw it in a store.

This book begins with the child of a Russian Count being kidnapped at the time when Russian serfs are finally freed from the
Courtney Stuart
Jul 13, 2012 Courtney Stuart rated it really liked it
Although set in Russia during the 1860's, this book takes you through the turmoil and some of the repercussions of social and political change that could happen in any country in any time period. It’s all very well to give people "rights" but if you don’t truly empower them, the "rights" are worthless, making such revolutions hardly worth the paper their edicts are printed on.

Most of the characters are well developed with large portions of the book given to backstory, but it’s so well written i
Jun 27, 2012 Hilke rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was very happy to discover that I had another of her books in my library.
I really enjoyed this historical novel, set in the 1860s in Russia, just at the time of great changes in the Russian Society. The heroine of the story, begins her life as a headstrong girl, trying to keep up with her older brothers,riding, wandering through the forests and hunting - not the model aristocratic young lady that would be attractive to a nobleman to marry
Jan 01, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Had I not already read Devil on her tongue, I probably would have given this book four stars. It is well written but I get the impression after only two books of hers, that Holeman's MO stays consistent. The lead character has a lifetime of struggles then at the very end their tormented life is tied into one neat little bow with a happy ending on top. I found this story somewhat predictable and was frustrated at how long it seemed to take for the expected outcome to occur. (And sadly not once ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Richelle rated it liked it
The thing I enjoyed most about the book was how the author had the thread of a particular piece of music tying together many elements of the plot. I hadn't listened to Glinka's Separation in f minor before, and when I looked it up on iTunes, it made a great "soundtrack" for the story as I was reading the book. Other than that, I did find the book to be a pretty typical depressing Russian story of alcoholism, and I didn't come to identify with or like any of the characters. That's just me though. ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
This is first novel of Linda Holeman’s that I have read and I will read more. Set in the turbulent 1860s in Russia, this is the story of Antonina, the wife of a wealthy landowner. The novel opens with the kidnapping of Antonina’s son, Misha and introduces the reader to some of the complex human characters that inhabit Antonina’s world. The novel goes back and forth from past to present to tell the story of these people and give an explanation why they are the way they are and why they do the ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
One point of interest for me has always been European history, more so Russian. So it is without a doubt that I enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong, the book is not perfect but I rather enjoyed reading it. The author is a splendid writer, captivating the reader with every page. The story has a good flow throughout it, even with the flashbacks. The author left the story at the perfect moment, making the reader satisfied and yet wanting
Bonnie Randall
Nov 24, 2013 Bonnie Randall rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Moves seamlessly between past and present, the backstory as rich and lush as the tale that’s unfolding. Character histories weave together perfectly. This book captures the agony of everyone of the period but is a particular ode to the women of 1860s Russia; the plight of the serfs and the nobility - complete with poverty, cruelty, and the dehumanization faced by all females of that era regardless of their station and certainly regardless of their sexual orientation. A beautifully crafted book ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Either I wasn't paying attention in school (very likely), or I just never learned about the history of serfdom in Russia. This was all completely new to me. As with all Linda Holeman books I have read, it was full of really interesting historical information and incredibly unfortunate events happening to characters. She's such a great writer that I have the hardest time putting down any of her books once I've started one. The main character in this book wasn't all that likable, but I still found ...more
Jane Glen
Apr 01, 2013 Jane Glen rated it really liked it
Another outstanding historical fiction novel by Linda Holeman. I have read many of her young adult novels with great enjoyment and I am pleased that she continues her writing gift for adults. I particularly enjoy how she takes a relatively unknown piece of history or country and brings it to life by exploring everyday lives. (sometimes not so everyday.) I recommend her to all lovers of historical fiction.
May 30, 2016 TMac rated it really liked it
Holeman is an excellent writer. It was the magic she creates with words that kept me interested and reading this book. On conclusion of the book it was interesting that not a lot happens and changes with the characters, all the growth and development occurs around them in the changing and evolving Russian society (I would like to have seen a little more depth in the characters). I did enjoy the historical look into a culture that I know little about. I look forward to reading this author again.
Jul 24, 2012 Marilyne rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading the book. It was the first time I read a book from this author. I like that the story is settled up in Russia during the 1860’s. Through the history you can see the political and social changes of the society. The way the book is written you can see how every character deal with the loss of someone they love. A good book for people who like to read a story surrounding by history.
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Linda Holeman is the author of fourteen books of fiction. Her work includes two adult collections of literary short stories, Flying to Yellow and Devil’s Darning Needle, as well as the historic novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, The Saffron Gate, The Lost Souls of Angelkov, and The Devil on Her Tongue. Her young adult body of work consists of a collection of short stories, ...more
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