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A captivating tale!
on 8 September 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Daphne has created a well-written tale about life, loss, love, betrayal and determination, all whilst maintaining a very strong plot line. The story switches effortlessly between Boston in the present day, and a post- World War 2 Russia, which drew me straight in and kept me there until I had finished this brilliant story.
Nina was a wonderful character, I very much enjoyed reading about her time as a ballet dancer, how she started out when she was a young girl and worked her way up, becoming famous and dancing being her passion in life. I also loved reading about Nina and Victor, and their love for each other. At the same time, there is a lot of fear and dangerous situations happening around them in their country, and that only adds to the story and makes it more gripping. In present day Boston Nina is a graceful elderly woman, and as the story unfolds, Nina revisits her past and we learn more of the secrets that have been buried for many years.
In the story we also meet Grigori, a professor in present day Boston who owns an amber necklace, seeming rather similar to that of Nina's collection, with several pieces of jewellery matching the necklace. This was a very intriguing storyline and I was very keen to read on to see where Grigori slotted in to the story, and what became of the jewellery.
Although both the present day Boston and Russia in the past were both fantastic settings, my heart lie with Russia. It was so compelling to read about and I looked forward to being transported back in time for more information which would uncover another piece of the puzzle.
Russian Winter is a truly beautiful story, very captivating and I would definitely recommend it.