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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the million-copy best seller Lilac Girls comes Lost Roses, which once again celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women's friendship during the darkest days of history. 

It is 1914, and New York socialite Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be travelling to St Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris, and now Eliza is embarking on the trip of a lifetime to see the splendours of Russia. 

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia's imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller's daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. 

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya's letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend. 

From the turbulent streets of St Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya and Varinka will intersect in profound ways.

©2019 Martha Hall Kelly (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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A thoughtful book

Having already listened to Lilac Girls which was one of the most amazing books I have ever read/listened to, I wondered if this book would be confusing given it precedes the era of Lilac Girls but it is a stand alone story that gives the reader an insight into one of the main characters in Lilac Girls, Caroline Ferraday.
The narration is very good.

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must listen

wonderful book. great characters. engrossing retelling of history. very well read. will be reading or listening to her next book about the civil war.

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In-depth story

An interesting account of lead up to andthe plight of the Russian immigrants after The Great War. Enjoyment of story spoiled by gratingly severe and overbearing voice of Eliza. Sure she was a forthright woman but what a whinging, melodramatic voice. It made me cringe each time she spoke. I had to push myself up persevere with the story because of that part of the narration. Without that voice over done with hysteria, I would give the performance a 5.

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rachel

I knew some of this history but love how both sides were shown. Its amazing how much a country and its people can change

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I really liked this book. The parts of Eliza made her sound obnoxious though.

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A rollercoaster of a story, evocative ,emotional.

Slow to start , but became invested in the characters, some particularly well drawn.
Excellent narration except Elizabeth's character, totally over the top and too dramatic, almost made me return the book. Especially the French accent.
Recommended but those chapters a challenge.

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