The Jewel of St. Petersburg

The Jewel of St. Petersburg

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by Kate Furnivall
     
 

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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

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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...

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Publishers Weekly
Beginning in the lead-up to the Bolshevik uprising, Furnivall's sure-to-please prequel to her successful The Russian Concubine centers on Valentina Ivanova, the daughter of a minister in Tsar Nicholas's crumbling regime. When revolutionaries bomb her father's home, leaving her sister crippled and her world uncertain, Valentina must search for her path in life: should she submit to the unloving arranged marriage her controlling father wants, or should she pursue her scandalous (for noble ladies) dream of becoming a nurse? To complicate matters, Valentina falls for Jens Friis, a Danish engineer who is politically moderate, intensely passionate, and completely off limits. Furnivall skillfully intertwines historical fact with a heartfelt love story and ends where Russian Concubine picks up. This will be a delight for Furnivall's fans, and equally a joy for those new to her work. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234235
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
615,635
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and currently lives in Devon, England. Married and the mother of two sons, she has working in publishing and television advertising. She drew inspiration for The Russian Concubine from her mother’s experiences as a White Russian refugee in China.

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Jewel of St. Petersburg 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1910 Valentina Ivanova is considered The Jewel of St. Petersburg aristocratic society. However, she does not want to be the top diamond as she is uninterested in being the image of the young paragon. Instead Valentina wants to become a nurse and prefers not to wed the chosen Count selected for her. When she meets visiting Danish engineer Jen Friis, she falls in love, but her parents reject the non-Russian working class outsider. As the embittered squabble between the Duma and the Tsar heats up with the Bolsheviks fomenting more trouble, Valentina must choose between the people she love; her younger sister who needs had and her parents vs. Jen who wants to take her and their love child back to Denmark. This prequel to Valentina Ivanova's later tale in The Russian Concubine and her daughter's saga as the Girl From Junchow describes her early days before the Revolution with a deep vivid look at a teetering tsarist Russia. The story line brings out the era while the love story of the Dane and the Russia is beautifully depicted as she as the title character who struggles with heart wrenching choices at a time her world is collapsing. This is a wonderful historical fiction novel. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on the high praise it received here. Unfortunately I do not feel it lived up to the 4 1/2 stars it currently has. I felt like the heroine was too "modern" and did not fit into the early 1900s time period of the novel. She constantly made foolish choices yet suffered no repercussions for these mistakes. The same can be said of her mother. In the end I didn't really end up caring about any of the characters and was glad when it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Furnivall has become my favorite author. Her story development is outstanding and it continues in her following books. The characters have been completed to the smallest detail. After a recent trip to Russia, I felt that I had returned to the beauty of the country, complimented by past lifestyles. It is a must !!
VampireGirl17 More than 1 year ago
A book too astounding for words. I could not put it down. The plot constantly twists and turns down bright paths and dark ones. Valentina is a strong character that instantly relates to all women and her love for Jens transcends the pages of her story. Be prepared for heartbreak in the end. This was one of the few books that made me cry, but I do not regret reading this.
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
The novel transports us back to a time preceding the Russian Revolution of 1917. Set against a background of elegance and opulence this dramatic story is of love, courage, revenge and heartache. The heroine is Valentina Ivanova, daughter of a minister under Tsar Nicholas also a young pianist and the darling of St. Petersburg's wealthy aristocracy. Valentina's only dream is to become a nurse and take care of her sister, who was maimed for life during a Bolshevik attack on the family estate. Her father has other expectations, marrying a Russian count would solidify their place amongst the country's elite. But strong headed Valentina, determine in her own way, graduates from nursing and eventually falls in love with Jens Friss, a Danish engineer.....A life changing decision with many consequences. This is a harsh and scary time, the Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each other's throats.....A revolution is in the making, the days of the ruling aristocracy are numbered and no one is safe. Following Valentina we are plunged into two contrasting worlds, one of the miserably poor and the other of the extreme rich. This sweeping story highlights to what means desperate people pushed to the limit will go to obtain recognition and the basics of life they need to survive. The characterization is well done, realistic and very gripping. This compelling tale draws its readers into a fast-paced and captivating historical-fiction with graphic details of the period. I enjoyed previous novels of Ms Furnivall and this one did not disappoint. I can say I am a fan.
HistoricalFictionChick More than 1 year ago
Author Kate Furnivall has written an utterly engrossing story of Valentina Ivanova, a daughter to the finance minister to Tsar Nicholas II, set in St. Petersburg during a time of great civil unrest in Russia's history. The working class and poor are getting more desperate every day as they fight starvation and disease or get injured, maimed or killed at the un-safe factories they are forced to work in while the upper class grow more rich and spend more extravagantly. The Revolutionaries are killing off government officials left and right and Valentina's father is among the targets. Valentina, though born in the upper class, is more interested in taking care of people than of dresses and parties and dreams of one day becoming a nurse. She is a bright, strong-willed girl whom I liked immediately and the rest of the characters were just as engaging - the endearing engineer, Jens; Arkin, the Revolutionary with a heart, Valentina's sad mother Elizaveta and her unfortunate sister Katya. With exceptional descriptions of 20th century St. Petersburg, from the opulent homes of the Russian nobility to the squalid homes of the working class and the underground tunnels beneath the city, Furnivall draws the reader in and the fast-paced action keeps you flipping the pages quickly to see what happens next. Having thoroughly enjoyed my first book by Kate Furnivall, I am now on a mission to own them all! If you like your historical fiction exciting, enthralling and unputdownable, then this is the book for you! Valentina's story doesn't end here, check out The Russian Concubine, which is the sequel to The Jewel of St. Petersburg and tells the story of Valentina's daughter. www.passagestothepast.com
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous Valentina doesn't welcome all of the attention she gets. Her dream is to help others in nursing, not being handed over in an arranged marriage. She meets the dashing Jen Friis and her heart immediately belongs to him. Torn between running away to be with Jen and raise their child that she is carrying and her sister. Hands down, this is one of the best historical romance books ever written. I was instantly sucked in and even when I reached the back cover, I still couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the book was over.
Anonymous 3 months ago
These books are too expensive.
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I have loved every book that this author has written ~ memorable!!
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cshell More than 1 year ago
I love all of Kat Furnivall's books! Her books come to life. I can't put her books down!
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