Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Recommends!

Friday Recommends is a meme hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper, a wonderful book blog that I urge you all to visit! The purpose of Friday Recommends is to share books off my list that I highly recommend my readers take a look at. Today I've chosen Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay. Here's the Goodreads summary:

A mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret, in this breathtaking tale of love and art, betrayal and redemption.
When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.
It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of the theater; that she fell in love with the poet Viktor Elsin; that she and her dearest companions—Gersh, a brilliant composer, and the exquisite Vera, Nina’s closest friend—became victims of Stalinist aggression. And it was in Russia that a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal—and an ingenious escape that led Nina to the West and eventually to Boston.
Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But two people will not let the past rest: Drew Brooks, an inquisitive young associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor of Russian who believes that a unique set of jewels may hold the key to his own ambiguous past. Together these unlikely partners begin to unravel a mystery surrounding a love letter, a poem, and a necklace of unknown provenance, setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all.
I love this book for many reasons: the breath-taking world of ballet, literature and art in Russia, the interwoven flashbacks of present and past, and the suspenseful mystery that kept me guessing right until the end. Well-written and captivating, I devoured this book and it will probably remain on my bookshelf forever. I definitely recommend Russian Winter to anyone with a passion for dance, art, history, romance or just plain old beautiful writing.


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