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‘Meticulously researched and evocatively written, this sweeping story will keep a tight hold on your heartstrings until the final page’ Iona Grey
‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story: the heartbreak genuine, the research brilliant. I love the way the present narrative throws light on the past story so that the transitions are smooth. A triumph.’ Dinah Jefferies
‘A marvellous story: gripping, romantic and evocative of a turbulent and fascinating time’ Lulu Taylor
‘This was just magical. At the last line, tears rolled down my cheeks. Highly recommended.’ Louise Beech
'A heart-warming affirmation of the tenacity of human love' Liz Trenow
'Gill Paul has crafted a beautiful book. The passages set in Russia in 1914 are so richly described and researched that I felt as if I was living in the pages myself. I adored it.' Amanda Jennings
‘This is an intriguing and involving book that explores a really fascinating period in time in a clever and highly enjoyable way. I was hooked into both timelines from the start.’
Joanna Courtney, author of The Chosen Queen and The Constant Queen
‘A beautiful and moving story, beautifully and movingly told. I read it in just two sittings . . . I enjoyed every page’ John Julius Norwich
‘Gill Paul has clearly done her research in this absorbing story that cleverly blends imagination with historical fact. The closeted and ultimately doomed Romanov family have always fascinated, especially the four grand duchesses, and the older strand of this dual narrative story is told by one of the girls' secret loves. Tragic, touching and authentic-feeling.’ Kate Riordan
‘A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved POLDARK you’ll love this!’ Lulu Taylor
‘Like VANITY FAIR crossed with POLDARK… Stunning epic’ Claudia Carroll
‘A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail – a great escapist read’ Liz Trenow
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Top Customer Reviews
The books starts with a family tree which is always a good place to be. The novel itself is approximately 400 pages, split into nearly 70 chapters with a Prologue and Afterword.
There are two stories which start in 1914 and 2016 with the narrative switching between the two periods. Plenty of time is given for the characters to develop and the swaps felt very natural. Neither character ever drifts too far from the readers mind but they are given enough space to settle.
Very early in the story, a connection is established between the Russian officer and the unhappy British woman. It is very credible and I never doubted that this could be possible.
I was fascinated to read this interpretation of what could have happened in Russia at the beginning on the century. There is a lot of research and fact that has gone into this story but with a twist of "what if". One of the joys is that we are seeing the turmoil from the viewpoint of a person with access to many levels in the society.
Different styles of writing are used for the two periods, both appropriate for the characters and the times. As Dmitri's story progresses through time the style seems to become more up to date which, again, feels very natural.
Later on a diary is discovered - it is not used in a obvious way and just becomes one part of the complex jigsaw that Kitty is piecing together.Read more ›
This story is seamlessly woven between dual timeframes. Moving between the first world war to the 1970's the heartbreaking story of Dimitri is revealed. In the present day Kate sets out on a journey of discovery about her great grandfather when she inherits his remote cabin.
Thouroughly engrossing page turner of a book.
I hope the other books I intend to buy by Gill Paul are as enthralling and thank her for introducing me to her work via a free downloaded e-book. They're worth paying for.
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Fabulous plot that keeps you turning the pages. It truly is a captivating story that needs to be on anyone's must read list.Published 48 minutes ago by Lily B
I couldn't put this book down! This book is written from two perspectives, Kitty in 2016 and Malama, starting in 1914. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Becca
Brilliant read ! I love the way it was written and the
Story is so interesting I got no housework done !
Extremely cleverly written. The way the author has gone down the "what if" route is beguiling. A truly brilliant book.Published 2 days ago by Mrs. C. M. Madeley
As I turned the pages I became thoroughly engrossed in the Romanov history, I alternated with Google to learn more behind the history of the Romanov familyPublished 2 days ago by Dawn Rich