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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Winter Palace By Eva Stachnick


Summary:Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.

What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.

With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.



 My thoughts: The friendship of Barbara and Catherine was fasicanting  it was a fast pace read for me the character of Barbara kept me interested in the story but I just wish there was more of Catherine 's life .  Lots of twists and an turns to keep you turning the page, The development of the friend ship between Sophie and Barbara was one of my favorite parts. This book just draws you to another time in Russia and you just dont want to leave until that last page .
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Reader's Christmas



I hope every one had a wonderful Christmas, now that things have calmed down a bit I thought i would share with you what I recieved this year under the tree. My big gift was a Kindle Fire,I love this little thing it is basically just a big Ipod as my daughter would say but it is perfect for me since I usally have to share the big pc with hubby so he can play his games . Reading on this little gem will be different from the K3 I recieved last year since it is a LCD Screen, I tried a few books so far and it doesn't seem to bother me. I am really excited to own one and look forward to enjoying it over the year. I also recieved Two gift cards for Barnes and Nobel which I used to preorder these two upcoming releases..