# 1 – The Jewel of St. Petersburg – Kate Furnivall

Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg’s elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.

Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other’s throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever…(Publisher’s Website)

I really enjoyed this book.  From the opulence of pre-war Russia, to the circumstances the family and many more others went through, it was a nice balance of what the family and more notably Valentina was going through.  I was just a bit confused in the beginning when the book started, but as you get more into it, you will see what I mean.  I am looking forward to her other books that were written before this one – The Russian Concubine, The Red Scarf, and The Girl from Junchow to see how the story ends so to speak, because the novels were written in a different sequence.

Penguin / Berkley

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