Thursday, June 9, 2011

Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay...Review & Giveaway!

I just finished a wonderful new book that I can't wait to share with you...Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.  Here is the scoop on what I spent my nights reading when I should have been doing laundry!!

A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption. 
 
When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.

It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of the theater; that she fell in love with the poet Viktor Elsin; that she and her dearest companions—Gersh, a brilliant composer, and the exquisite Vera, Nina’s closest friend—became victims of Stalinist aggression. And it was in Russia that a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal—and an ingenious escape that led Nina to the West and eventually to Boston.

Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But two people will not let the past rest: Drew Brooks, an inquisitive young associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor of Russian who believes that a unique set of jewels may hold the key to his own ambiguous past. Together these unlikely partners begin to unravel a mystery surrounding a love letter, a poem, and a necklace of unknown provenance, setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all.

I have one word for this book....DIVINE!  It was a beautifully written book that kept me guessing until the end.  It really was the perfect combination of mystery and love story and I was hooked from the beginning.  At 496 pages it is a doozy but each page will keep you turning another (and then another and another!).  Pick up your copy today and I am sure you will see why my chores were left undone!!   



Thanks to the publisher, Harper Perennial, one RBM reader will win a copy of Russian Winter!  Thanks so much to the sponsor.  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me which chore you would like to leave undone to dive into Russian Winter.  I ditched the laundry!  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

For Extra Entries:
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3.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per other giveaway entered.
4.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
5.  Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry
6.  Follow Harper Perennial on Twitter= 1 entry
7. Blog about this giveaway and link back to RBM=  5 entries
8.  Put my button on your blog and let me know where to find it = 5 entries

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US  residents and will end on June 20th    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on June 21st and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen .  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.


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82 comments:

MomLovesDeals said...

I hate laundry anyway so I could put that off... :P
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I'll skip cleaning the bathtub
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I'd skip scrubbing the shower.

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Mama Zen said...

I want to ditch the yard work!

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I would gladly ditch organizing my desk to read this book.

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cleaning the kitchen for the umpteenth time

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I would gladly ditch waxing my dining room floor to read this book!

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Hifam said...

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