I haven’t read a good Russia-set novel for a while, and if you are in the same boat – then Simon Montefiore’s Sashenka is worth picking up in the US Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99.
I have read another of Montefiore’s novels many years ago and remember really enjoying it. He is recognised for his historical accuracy and certainly appears to tell a good story as well. Here’s a couple of comments from the Amazon reviews:
“Montefiore’s book sucked me in like a giant black hole. Frankly, I have never read any “foreign” book about Russia that is so true in events, details, characters and language.”
“He describes so beautifully that you can hear, feel and smell the settings and fully share in the emotions. And being the great historian that he is, the story line is completely authentic.”
BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON: In the bestselling tradition of Doctor Zhivago and Sophie’s Choice, a sweeping epic of Russia from the last days of the Tsars to today’s age of oligarchs — by the prizewinning author of Young Stalin.
Winter 1916: St. Petersburg, Russia, is on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Girls, an English governess is waiting for her young charge to be released from school. But so are the Tsar’s secret police…
Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and their dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction.
Twenty years on, Sashenka is married to a powerful, rising Red leader with whom she has two children. Around her people are disappearing, while in the secret world of the elite her own family is safe. But she’s about to embark on a forbidden love affair that will have devastating consequences.