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Anna [NOOK Book]

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As Paris recoils under the turbulent political events of 1803, young English governess Anne Peters finds herself penniless, homeless and alone.

But while France prepares for war she seizes the chance of escape, to a new life in the service of dashing Count Nikolai Kirov, and a new home in the glittering Russian city of St Petersburg.

Thrown into the flamboyant and ...
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Anna

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Overview

As Paris recoils under the turbulent political events of 1803, young English governess Anne Peters finds herself penniless, homeless and alone.

But while France prepares for war she seizes the chance of escape, to a new life in the service of dashing Count Nikolai Kirov, and a new home in the glittering Russian city of St Petersburg.

Thrown into the flamboyant and demanding circle of her new employer and his family, Anne moves between the city's splendour and the wild, untamed beauty of the Caucasus Mountains, and begins her transformation from Anne Peters into Anna Petrovna.

But as Napoleon gathers his army for the final attack on Imperial Russia, Anna must prepare for a battle of the heart - her forbidden love for a man and a country she may never call her own.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this vast yet meticulously detailed historical romance, veteran British author Harrod-Eagles sets young English governess Anne Peters at the center of shifting and cataclysmic events occuring in Russia between 1803 and 1812. Dismissed by her stuffy English employers because of a social blunder, the outspoken Anne is hired by Count Nikolai Kirov, an adviser to the czar, to educate his two lively daughters, Yelena, nine, and Natasha, two. Warmly received in the count's diverse Petersburg household--which includes his ineffectual wife, Irina; his vitriolic mother, Vera; and a host of ebullient relatives--Anne, now called Anna Petrovna, predictably, falls in love with the count, whose response is guarded. Against the somber background of the Napoleonic wars and ominous portents that the French emperor has designs on Russia, tensions within the Kirov household increase. Anna leaves and marries unwisely, leading a hollow existence as the wife of a wealthy, dissolute nobleman. Although the plot is fairly formulaic and much of the cast outrageously stereotyped--there are only devoted servants, contented serfs, happy peasants--the entanglements nevertheless intrigue. Readers may look forward to the projected sequel. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Lightly laced with romance, this simple story of Englishwoman Anne Peters's life with diplomat Count Kirov's family in Russia serves as a framework for illustrating a fascinating period of world history. Anne joins the count's family as governess to his young daughters after he rescues her in Paris at the start of the Napoleonic Wars in 1803. The course of the wars unravels through the experiences, thoughts, and emotions of Anne and the colorful Russian characters. This revealing perspective works well within the thoughtfully constructed plot. Details of fashion, society, and geography further bring the era to life. This book is sure to please readers of historical fiction as well as some romance enthusiasts. Highly recommended.-- Betsy Larson, Brennemann Lib., Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405529006
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 332,721
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is a past winner of the Romantic Novelists Award, and also the creator of the increasingly popular series of crime novels featuring Inspector Bill Slider.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    A novel to treasure

    This book is an amazing find. It's especially enjoyable for romantics but not so sappy that you're turned off by it. On the outside it's just another love story but in actuality it's an amazing novel filled with unexpected twists, heartbreak, and hope. The story is written so that you feel every emotion that Anne feels including her love for the mysteriously desirable Kirov men. A real treasure that you would find from the back shelf of a second-hand book store for 20 cents. But it's worth so much more. It's magical and it just lifts you up from wherever you are now making you hate it and love it at exactly the same time. The ending doesn't quite do the story justice but the details in the story more than make up for it.

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