2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border. The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy. She becomes fascinated by the story of Natalya, and when she meets an elderly woman who claims to know the truth behind the rumours, Lily is drawn deeper into the mystery.
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"One of our great storytellers.'" (Sunday Telegraph)
I love Belinda Alexandra's stories. While they are all historically and culturally different they all have an element of danger, an attractive and capable young woman as the main character, romance and a connection to Australia. I enjoy the background settings of these characters which are set in various countries in Europe or China. As a result of the turmoil of the major wars of our last century caused migration to counties like Australia.
Sapphire Skies was fascinating dealing with aspects of Stalin's powerful and cruel regime in Russia. While I loved this book, it seemed a little shorter to me and in some places lacked the depth of some of her previous novels. However, I eagerly await Belinda Alexandra's next novel. I am a great fan!
I loved this one just as much as Tuscan Rose. Full of action, love, loyalty and humanity. Caroline must enjoy acting these parts, she really is my favourite reader.
Again I learnt my history, this time in Russia.
Thank you Belinda, you are a clever author.
I really loved this book. It is loosely based on the WWII Soviet pilot Lydia Litvyak who never went into battle without her lipstick and powder. She was brave and audacious. It is a story about Stalin's sick reign that has forever left its mark on Russian society; it is a mystery; it is frightening in a way most cannot understand thankfully; and it is a love story. Well worth the credit. I will listen to it again. Belinda Alexandra has become a favorite author, and Caroline Lee has delivered her usual stunning performance.
"A Disturbing Disappointment"
This book was difficult to listen to and I finally just gave up after many grueling hours of hoping it would improve. It is a graphically violent story about war, betrayal, hatred and extreme loss. Disturbing on so many levels. I don't understand how this book could be considered a "wonderful holiday listen" to quote several reviewers on amazon.
I usually enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but listening to her Australian voice reading in the Russian accents was painful at times.
The "mystery" was so predictable that it was just plain boring to boot. I am sorry that I wasted as much time on this book as I did. It was hopeless. Can't recommend it in any way at all.
Kept me intrigued from the very first chapter. I loved this story... Heart wrenching in parts and leaves you feeling that you can really survive anything. Highly recommend ! Another great reading from Caroline Lee too!
"I cried when I listened I cried when it ended. wow"
I can't wait to hear another book by this author. so touching and beautiful. the characters were amazing.
"Wonderful Book, don't miss out on this one"
Wonderful, Educational, and this book is a page turner. Rich in history!
Caroline Lee's performance is excellent!
Worth a credit. Don't miss out on this one.
"Russian history never interested me until..."
Wow! This book gave me a much better understanding of Russian history. Although I have lived internationally and generally gravitate to historical fiction, Russian history was something that I wasn't terribly interested in. However, this book really draws in you (after you get used to the multiple names for the same people) and explores a side of WW2 that most aren't all that aware of. I probably never would have listened to this book if I hadn't already fallen in love with the author's other book, Silver Wattle, which is about Australia in the 20's. But I thought I give another book by her a go and see if she was a captivating in a different culture as she was about Australia. I was not disappointed.
I loved Saphire Skies . And I love Caroline Lee as a narrator . She is one of my favorite narrators to date . I loved the story so much . Although I wished Natash and Valentine could have met to say goodbye . I cried and cried at the cemetery scene .
"great mix of history and fiction"
I was skeptical at first. I had never read or listened to a Belinda Alexandra book and I'm not familiar with WWII Russia but found it intriguing and disturbing. I found myself wanting to learn more and hear more. I did tear up a couple of times but I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and would recommend it.
"Great historical Novel"
This book focuses on the soviet side of WWII. I learned so much about the mindset of the people and the evil that so many of them faced from their own leadership. The characters were so real and believable. I highly recommend you dive into this book and learn more about history.
Belinda Alexander is an amazing writer and storyteller.
Caroline Lee is absolutely the best performer in the business! I've listened to almost all her narrations, and she is flawless on accents, even when there are multiple ones in the story, and she's flawless in her reading and really makes the storyline come alive.
Thanks for hours of great entertainment in my commutes!
"Sapphire Skies-really enjoyable book"
Really Enjoyable read
Loved narrator not heard her before
Don't know but I did listen to book fairly quickly
Really enjoyable book
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