The Jewel of St. Petersburg (The Russian Concubine 0)
Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.
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This book hits the mark of mediocracy. It has it's enduring moments, yes, but on the whole it's not amazing.
Set in Russia, the year is 1910. The Russian people are rallying. They want a better life, they want Czar Nicholas and all the Romanovs gone. Valentina has lived a life of supposed luxary. From the outside looking in, she appears to be just another aristocrat living the high life. Little does the outside world know, she is looking after ...more
I will say on ...more
Valentina, like many other aristocratic ladies, has been brought up to marry well and ...more
Now if you've read the first book you already know what will happen. You know what I mean when I say this book is misleading. I fully expected the ending to be different and less reassuring and felt mildly disappointe ...more
* Exciting opening chapter, grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading
* Descriptions of the scenery are breathtakingly written, you feel you could reach out and touch the landscape
* Epic story up there with Gone with the Wind, The Thorn Birds, etc. If this isn't made into a movie I will be totally surprised
* Couldn't put the book down and now I am dying to get my hands on a copy of The Russian Concubine
* Realistic characters dealing with horrendous choices and str ...more
Regardless, I did like it.
Berkley Publishing Group
Published: August 7, 2010
Trade Paperback, 410 pages
I can rarely resist a book that either contains the name St. Petersburg in the title or promises a good tale with that city as its backdrop. I wasn’t disappointed as Kate Furnivall wove a tale of intrigue, treachery, loyalty, rebellion and love in pre-revolution Russia.
It is 1910 and Tsar Nicholas Romanov sits on the throne and as the ...more
We begin our story with young Valentina Ivanova. Now Valentina is a much beloved character already; she de ...more
Imagine how dreary Clockwork Orange would have been if Burgess had written lines like, "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, friends, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim. And we sat ...more
Her love affair with the Danish engineer was beautiful and tugged at the heart, at first I felt sorry for the arkin character but then true colours were shown and I really disliked him. Well written and the characters were enjoyable too
The rich controlled everything and cared nothing at all about the poor, common citizens.
The characters were easy to love....or to hate. Some I just couldn't understand, as I'll never understand deliberate cruelty and savageness. Perhaps frustration and hunge ...more
Kate went to London University where she studied English and fr ...more