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Umnitsa means 'Good Girl' in Russian. A dying young mother calls her only child by this endearment as they live in abject poverty in Siberia after World War II. A fabulously wealthy French family adopt the orphan, and raise her in Paris as their own, only child. Now Marianne, Countess Didier, she owns palaces and is chased bypaparazzi. She has a relentless need to find her ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 29th 2009 by Clocktower Books
(first published 2004)
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When I finished UMNITSA, I realized it had taken me a bit longer than I expected as this book is a very thought-provoking read. In many ways it is literary in style - with lovely descriptive prose that brings the settings alive - although the World War ll espionage theme is not. I kept wondering why the motives of the characters were never very clear, why author John Cullen kept everything so secret and why the characters seemed to be driven by the tide (literally and metaphorically), rather tha ...more