From the bestselling author of The Russian Concubine comes a sweeping epic of love and courage, revenge and heartache in the last days of the Romanov empire
Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and studied English at London University. She worked in publishing and then moved to TV advertising, where she met her husband. In 2000, Kate decided to write her mother's extraordinary story of growing up in Russia, China and India, and this became The Russian Concubine, which was a New York Times bestseller. All her books since then have had an exotic setting and Kate has travelled widely for her research. She now has two sons and lives with her husband in a cottage by the sea in Devon. Visit Kate's website at www.katefurnivall.com
Beginning in the lead-up to the Bolshevik uprising, Furnivall's sure-to-please prequel to her successful The Russian Concubine centers on Valentina Ivanova, the daughter of a minister in Tsar Nicholas's crumbling regime. When revolutionaries bomb her father's home, leaving her sister crippled and her world uncertain, Valentina must search for her path in life: should she submit to the unloving arranged marriage her controlling father wants, or should she pursue her scandalous (for noble ladies) dream of becoming a nurse? To complicate matters, Valentina falls for Jens Friis, a Danish engineer who is politically moderate, intensely passionate, and completely off limits. Furnivall skillfully intertwines historical fact with a heartfelt love story and ends where Russian Concubine picks up. This will be a delight for Furnivall's fans, and equally a joy for those new to her work. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
It is the glittering final days of the Russian Empire. Though the aristocracy shines as brightly as ever, political unrest rumbles through St. Petersburg, bringing the encroaching tide of revolution ever closer. Against this thrilling backdrop Furnivall goes back to the beginning, to tell the story of Valentina Ivanova and Jens Friis, parents of Lydia Ivanova (heroine of The Russian Concubine and The Girl from Junchow). Valentina is a member of the aristocracy, the daughter of a bankrupt top government official, torn between duty to her family and duty to herself. Marry the wealthy son of a count, the man of her father's choosing, to save the family's finances? Risk all to marry a working man, a Danish engineer, the man she loves? Or will the impending revolution, with its promise of social and personal obliteration, destroy them all regardless? VERDICT Gripping, elegant, and fierce, this is a classic war-torn love story, and Furnivall's best yet.-Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
High drama and old fashioned passion make this perfect escapist reading' MARIE CLAIRE 'Furnivall skillfully intertwines historical fact with a heartfelt love story. This will be a delight for Furnivall's fans, and equally a joy for those new to her work' PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 'A complex tale masterfully told, of passion, adventure and intrigue during one of the most fascinating eras of Russian history. Kate Furnivall had my heart pounding from page one - and kept it racing right up until the last. A truly satisfying read' SA 'Full of rich history, heart-stopping romance and delicious dangers, Furnivall's sweeping, sumptuous epic is perfect for readers who just want to escape' LANCASHIRE EVENING POST Gripping, elegant, and fierce, this is a classic war-torn love story, and Furnivall's best yet' LIBRARY JOURNAL 'The Jewel of St Petersburg is an impressive novel which effortlessly conjures up a period in history, colours it with exciting characters and consequently creates an absorbing story that will enthrall from start to finish' ULSTER TATLER