Natasha's Will - Joan Lingard.
This was an interesting and fast-moving book. It introduces the reader to life in Russia during the revolution.
It tells the story of a young girl called Natasha - a member of the Russian aristocracy (a 'White Russian') caught up in the revolution, and a Scottish family in the present day. Natasha escapes from Russia and finally settles in Scotland, living in a large house there.
The story begins after Natasha's death, and the family who looked after her in her old age are about to be evicted from her house. They believe that Natasha would have left the house to them, but can't find the will.
The author uses the device of flipping between the present and past for alternate chapters, which makes it fast-moving and holds the reader's attention. The story of Natasha's escape from Russia is interweaved with the family's search for her will. Natasha has left them clues which they follow.
The final resolution is very satisfying as the reader is always one step ahead of the family, which adds to the dramatic tension.