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by Kate Furnivall

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1933 Siberia

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The author of The Russian Concubine returns with another sweeping novel set in an unusual and fascinating locale: a prison camp in Siberia. In the frigid north, Furnivall explores the relationship between two very different women and how their friendship shapes their lives. Setting this highly personal story against the larger backdrop of politics and history makes it a strong tale.

Only two things keep
Sophia Morozova alive in Davinsky labor camp: her friendship with fragile Anna Fedorina and the thought of
freedom. Sophia relies on Anna for comfort as she gives her a glimmer
of hope for freedom.

When Anna becomes ill, Sophia uses the opportunity to escape. She hopes to find Anna's childhood love,
a revolutionary named Vasily, in
the town of Tivil. In her quest, the
beautiful, courageous Sophia makes connections with a Gypsy leader,
a factory director and a powerful politician. She comes to believe the
director, Mikhail Pashin, is Vasily,
and starts to fall in love with him.
But if he is really Vasily, then he is Anna's. Torn between loyalty and desire, danger and passion, Sophia must make crucial choices. (NAL, Jul.,
496 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: NAL

Published: July 2008

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