Midwife of St. Petersburg [NOOK Book]

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The Flames of Love and Revolution…
 
It is Czarist Russia, 1914. Karena Peshkev dreams of escaping her family’s country estate and attending medical school. But each year, as she watches her hopes of being accepted to the Imperial College of Medicine slip further away, she much content herself with working alongside her mother, the village’s Jewish midwife.
 
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Overview

The Flames of Love and Revolution…
 
It is Czarist Russia, 1914. Karena Peshkev dreams of escaping her family’s country estate and attending medical school. But each year, as she watches her hopes of being accepted to the Imperial College of Medicine slip further away, she much content herself with working alongside her mother, the village’s Jewish midwife.
 
On a visit to her cousin’s sumptuous mansion, Karena gets a taste of Russian high society–and meets Colonel Alexsandr Kronstadt. Their attraction is immediate, but they can never act on it. Alex is meant for Karena’s cousin, the general’s daughter, a superior match politically and socially.

But when the accusations of Bolshevik conspiracy tear her family apart, Karena and her mother flee to St. Petersburg. The Okhrana–the Russian secret police–are convinced Karena is a Bolshevik traitor, in league with the rebel party’s leader. Certain she is guilty of murder and assassination, they’re determined to hunt her down. Alex risks his career and his life to protect her from afar, but will it be enough? Will he find her in time to save her from false accusations–and declare his love?
 
Vibrant with historical detail and richly woven themes of danger, romance, and God’s faithfulness, The Midwife of St. Petersburg is an eloquent tale portraying the beauty and madness of a country that is about to change forever.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307499462
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 408,529
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Lee Chaikin has written numerous best-selling novels including books in the East of the Sun Series, the Silk House series, and the Christy Award finalist, For Whom the Stars Shine. She and her husband live in California.


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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep look at Russia during the turbulent end of the Tsarist reign

    Karena Peshkov dreams of going to medical school, but the Imperial College of Medicine ignores her annual application. By 1914, Karena has accepted that she will never be trained as a doctor so she makes the best of helping her Jewish mother, the village midwife. She accepts an invitation to spend some time with her cousin Tatiana Roskov, daughter of an influential Czarist general. At the affluent estate she meets Colonel Alexsandr Kronstadt. They are attracted to one another but he is intended for Tatiana. --- Trying to provide medical assistance to the neglected impoverished peasants becomes nearly impossible as Karena and her injured mother are forced to flee to St. Petersburg. The Bolsheviks accuse the two female Peshkovs of royal connections while the Czarist secret police believes she is a Bolshevik assassin. Neither side cares one iota about the truth as power is all that matters. Unable to remain neutral anymore as he fell in love with Karena at the Roskov estate, Alex risks his military career to insure she is safe though he does not dare go anywhere near her. --- This is a deep look at Russia during the turbulent end of the Tsarist reign and subsequent competition to replace the monarchy. The story line is mostly seen through the discerning eyes of Karena, but to a degree the audience also obtains the insights of Alex. Romance fans will hope they will find a way to be together during the torrential chaotic era while historical readers will thoroughly enjoy Linda Lee Chaikin¿s deep look at revolution in WWW I era Russia. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    A sudden ending...

    I love Linda!!!! But I confess to being a bit frustrated and annoyed at the lack of closure this book provided. It was very emotionally sweeping and it felt like this book was building up to something more substantial than the few stolen moments Alex and Karen have. So I was mad when it ended so abruptly and we dont know if they even made it to safety, or if she and Alex were just two ships passing in the night. I even wrote the author and asked about a sequel... no!!! So be prepared to be severely disappointed by the ending. The book is good, and worth reading, unless you are like me and you get attached to characters and need definite closure. Give it a read, otherwise. She is a highly talented writter. I love her male leads!!!

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Not a fairy tale set in Imperial revolution time Russia

    Not every story ends in a fairy tale. This one is of Imperial Russia revolution time, very touching, especially to know that it was mostly true how Jews and russian peasants endured thru the rule of the tzars. A glimpse of old world with the glimpse of hope. Would definitely like to see the sequel to this book!

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