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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Touted as part "Gone with the Wind," part "Dr. Zhivago," this epic story tells one exceptional woman's triumph over life's obstacles.
Left destitute after her father's death, Countess Alexandra Korvin
With her funds dwindling, a desperate Alexandra disguises herself as a man and joins Ulyanov's regiment to embark on a journey of self-discovery, adventure and a grand passion. She wins a place as a respected soldier and, clandestinely, as his sensual lover.
Scrupski based her lush novel on the life of a real Russian Cavalry woman, Nadezhda Durova. With marvelous description, she creates colorful images of St. Petersburg, the hardships of the serfs, life in the army and a woman of indomitable spirit whose beliefs are quite modern and whose determination admirable.
The use of historical and literary figures as tertiary characters adds a
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: May 2003