Thursday, June 9, 2011
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay...Review & Giveaway!
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...
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