The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience.
2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret.
1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health. The world is an uncertain place, especially for the Romanov family, and as their romance plays out the world as they know it rapidly crumbles around them.
©2016 Gill Paul (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
"A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved Poldark you'll love this!" (Lulu Taylor)
"Like Vanity Fair crossed with Poldark...Stunning epic." (Claudia Carroll)
"A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail - a great escapist read." (Liz Trenow)
"No Place for a Lady is a gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister. It's a story of love, both romantic and sibling, against a backdrop of a vividly created historical setting, with an ending which is at once uplifting and heartbreaking I couldn't put it down." (Julia Williams)
"A galloping good story." (Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum)
"I have always liked historical fiction but these two narrators have brought this book to life!"
Although you think you might already know this story, the twists are delightfully surprising and unexpected.
I am going to pick this for my next book club that I get to host (six months from now) because not only is it a great story, but will make for a very interesting book club discussion!
I I've this book 5 stars because it is one of the best well written novel, I have read for a long time. There is nothing bad to say about the book because the characters, storyline and audio performance suited all the elements.
The transition between the past and present carried with it, a surprising element that will beg the reader asking for more. Although it was bittersweet, I was compelled to look up the real Tatiana and explored more about her life as it was intriguing.
"An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives"
Rarely do I read a love story that expresses the perplex inner thoughts that many of us feel but never say. I love that her characters were human, made mistakes and had serious regrets yet, somehow chose to find whatever hope, light and love they could in the situations they were in. She bravely wrote about the "gray" we feel when faced with the black and white definition of what love should look like vs how many beautiful shades and layers it creates.. some with which we are unable to outwardly explain or describe... Hauntingly sad in parts but, interwoven with a poignant story about strength, perseverance, loyalty, and of course love
Great story keeps your attention throughout. The narration is clear and many characters in the story keep you intrigued.
After a slow start, the story of Dimitri and Tatiana does pick up and evolves into an intriguing tale of love and tragedy. Kitty's story however, doesn't seem to ever take off, resulting in jarring, disjointed transitions. The female reader also seemed to struggle with her American accent. The male reader was flawless.
"A beautiful romance story well told"
I couldn't stop listening and had to Google the Romanovs to look for photos. This was a fascinating blend of history and fiction. Highly recommend!
"Wish this story could be true"
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. It's about the untold story of Princess Anastasia's sister, Tatiana. So much research went into this book. The characters seemed real. All had blemishes. It's worth a credit.
"Depressing, at times too graphic, narration great."
Idk if you can change a war-time story to make it more enjoyable. It is going to be sad and that's that. It's a good story based on historical facts, but if you want a story that is going to make you laugh or help give you a better mood, this is not it.
Great narrators, both of them.
"Wonderful journey through time"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. A beautiful story that really takes you on a journey through history.
Don't hesitate - get it!
"Historical fiction at its finest!"
What if one of the murdered Romanov Grand Duchess estate survived and it wasn't Anastacia? Fabulous story.
"History / drama / romance / mystery - it's got it all"
This was a fascinating book, based largely on truth but cleverly interwoven into a modern day sub plot.
I learnt a lot about the Russian Revolution without it being too 'biographical'.
The first part is very much romantic historical but the second part left me desperate to read more as the book moved forward in time and the mystery developed, leaving me wondering how it was going to link the sub plot with the main story - and with real life events.
"Brilliant book could not put it down highly recommended read it you won't be disappointed"
Brilliant book could not wait to get home get comfy and start listening to the book again . Give it a go it's a page turner
"Laura Kirman is a terrible reader & has let the author down"
I couldn't bear more than 10 mins of Laura Kirman's voice so I can't comment on the actual story (Amazon didn't give you option of leaving a null review - sorry to the author). Kirman's voice too staccato & clipped, no natural flow / no magical weaving of the story - just reminds me of being scolded by a prim headmistress. Urgh.
"Beautifully written, tear jerking love story loosely based on true accounts"
Best book I've read in the last year, now I need to find something to replace it
"Fabulous story. I found it difficult to put down."
loved it and in the end I wished it had been true as it was so well written and was plausible.
great story with wonderful narration. Would throughly recommend. to fans of historical fiction. A must read.
"a fantastic story"
a fantastic with great narration. It was well written. It's hard to put down and a must to finish
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