I just finished this wonderful insight into the post-revolution lives of the toppled Russian aristocracy banished to Paris and to poverty. Its story of their lives as exiles, through the eyes of the young heroine, Nadia, so innocent of the acts she get caught up with, is enchanting and mysterious - an underworld of confused politics and the decrepitude of the once mighty ruling classes. I loved every page of it. Kate Beswick writes with a language that caught me up in the era within the first few pages - I felt young again - and full of wonder at the world she created around Nadia and Igor, her mysterious 'uncle'.. my only sadness is that I will have to wait for the next book to know what happens next.
by Bena Stutchbury
I found this a hard story to follow at times. It was good, but I kept getting confused as to who was who and what side they were working for. This book is not something I would normally read, but thought I would try it. It took me quite a while to finish the book. In the end I am glad I read it and finished it, however it is not on my list for re-reading anytime soon. There were also some grammatical issues and editing errors that could have used some additional help.
by Krista Lippitt