Young Valentina Ivanova has spent the last years of her life trying to atone for her sister Katya’s injuries, sustained in a bombing by the Bolsheviks during the early days of the Russian revolution, believing that Katya was present because of Valentina. Trying to find her own independence while balancing the needs of her sister and the demands of her parents, Valentina feels an instant attraction to Danish engineer Jens Friis. The two know that they have no future together under normal circumstances, but Russia is facing many upheavals that threaten not only the rule of tsar and aristocrat alike but also life and property of almost everyone the Bolsheviks come in contact with. There is a fire sweeping the land that will scorch everything in its path, will Jens and Valentina’s love be strong enough for the two to survive or will they be destroyed in the flames of change?
“The Jewel of St. Petersburg “is Kate Furnivall’s latest epic in the wonderfully penned series that started with “The Girl from Junchow”. This prequel gives the back story of Valentina and Jens, laying a groundwork that will make the reader go back over the previous stories, with a new eye and understanding, appreciating the multiple layers the author has created. While each book is wonderful on its own, together as a series, they become a must read epic of Russian and Chinese history. As potent and heady as vodka and as glittering and beautiful as a Faberge egg, “The Jewel of St. Petersburg” is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any fan of historic romance and historical fiction.
The national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine takes us back to Tsarist Russia for a sweeping novel of love and intrigue.
Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.
Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other's throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever...