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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008102147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008102142
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
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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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Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.

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Can't remember who recommended this book to me but it seems to review well. I'm having trouble concentrating on books at the moment so thought that a family saga would be just the thing..., I'm also going to Russia in a few months so am curious to read anything with a vague connection.
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.
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I have always been interested in the story of the Tsar and the rumours that members of the Romanov family may have survived the massacre.
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.
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An ok book written in two timelines, present day and 1917-1986. The present day story was weak and I could not engage with Kitty. The Russian story was interesting. It was easy to read and inspired me to look up images of the Romanovs and some of the places they were held in captivity. I liked the ending.
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I've never been really interested in the Russian aristocracy and their fate. However, Gill Paul's novel has fired me up to find out more. This book is certainly a love story but not a slushy Barbara Cartland one with handsome chiselled jawed hero's and wilting ladies. Although the hero does appear to be handsome he's also a man with emotions within the steel. The heroine unexpectedly is likeable and also has a vein of steel. Based on some fact the poetic licence which follows the historic fact, is brilliantly thought out and a definite romance. I never read slushy romances and I don't like historical novels much-except the classics- but this one held my attention and I loved the style, the sub-plots and the way it all came together.
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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I have never read this author before and initially just had a sample but quickly became immersed in the story and then buying the 'whole' book was a given. Its an excellent story, interesting historical content, and very easy to follow unfamiliar names, all round really good read. Highly recommend.
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This is by far the best book I have read in ages. The fascinating twists between times from the First World War and onwards and to times of today are intriguing and very well written. I loved all the twists and turns back and forth. In my view this is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.
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This book puts forward an interesting theory about what might have happened if one of the Romanov sisters had survived. The odd way it's written, back and forth in time, does not detract from the story once you get used to it, and the conclusion is a bit predictable, but I'm sure the tragedy of the family's murder will provide "what if" ideas for many more books in the future. An intriguing book.
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This book really is thought provoking from beginning to end and who knows, there might even be more than a grain of truth blended in with the fiction! Gill Paul certainly gives an astonishing account of the first world war and the Russian revolution. The decadent royal family lifestyle, mentioning palaces, clothes and fashion as well as the Faberge jewellery is all here for the reader to explore and enjoy. A thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.
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