Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. She received a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in 1995. She served in U.S. Army from 1986-1997, spending seven years in Germany. Her interests include exploring European history and watching Dancing with the Stars. Stephanie lives in California and works for LAPD's Communications Division as a 911 Dispatcher. She's married with two young sons.
The Faberge Secretby Stephanie Burkhart
Enter Russian businessman Dimitri Romanov, the true owner of the jewel. He's following a lead hoping to reacquire his stolen egg when he bumps into Elise. He
Elise Goodwin operates a heritage museum in Brattleboro, Vermont. Needing to buy some items for her museum, she travels to Boston and acquires a delicious surprise that would excite any curator - a Faberge Egg.
Enter Russian businessman Dimitri Romanov, the true owner of the jewel. He's following a lead hoping to reacquire his stolen egg when he bumps into Elise. He can't hide his attraction to the petite brunette with doe-like eyes.
Dimitri's rival, Gustav Kelch, wants the rare Faberge jewel and will do anything to find it, including destroying Dimitri's life. Can Dimitri keep Elise and his Faberge heirloom safe or will his attraction place their lives in jeopardy?
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Beauty, love and danger arrive in Elise's life when she purchases a Faberge Christmas egg. Beauty is the wonderful, colorful egg; danger comes from the man who has stolen the egg and then lost it. Love is Dimitri, the true owner of the egg. Elise would like to return the egg to Dimitri but needs proof he is the real owner. They are in Vermont and his proof is in Russia. A trail of bodies follows the egg and Dimitri vows he will protect Elise from danger. The Faberge Secret takes us through the first sparks of love between Dimitri and Elise. The two have much in common, including their faith, the major barrier is one lives and works in Russia, while the other lives and works in Vermont, USA. None of that will matter if they can't survive the men determined to steal back the egg, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Ms Burkhart has a wonderful ability to take a subject and weave a fantastic story around it. Her knowledge of Europe shows through in all her novels, but I believe this is the first time she's taken us to St. Petersburg, Russia. I love the depth of character in Ms Burkhart's books, the rich scenery and the actual stories. As soon as I see her name on a book, I know it's time to put the kettle on and settle down for a good read. The Faberge Secret exceeded my expectations. Definitely worth reading more than once. What more can I say? It is such a good book. PS. The book trailer on YouTube or Desert Breeze is also wonderful.
The Faberge Secret has all the ingredients I love in a book - engaging characters, a sizzling romance and an intriguing suspenseful plot. Elise, an American museum curator, meets Dimitri, a wealthy Russian businessman, on her way to an auction and their attraction is immediate. By a twist of events she ends up in possession of one of his Faberge eggs. They get caught up in a dangerous attempt by Dimitri's rival Kelch to steal the egg. The international setting adds another layer of enjoyment to the story. The author does an excellent job of showing not only the physical draw between Elise and Dimitri but also the deeper connection brought about by sharing their traditions and love of family. A page-turning read from an author worth watching out for.
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite "The Faberge Secret" by Stephanie Burkhart was a fabulous read. As the story unfolded with intrigue, Russians, and international travel, I could hardly wait to turn each page. And the intimate scenes were, let¿s just say, very passionate! The story unfolds with mousy Elise, a small antiques dealer and museum owner accidentally knocking over a Russian businessman, Dimitri, on her way to an auction at Sotheby¿s. Little did she know how their lives were going to be forever intertwined. Outside of the auction house, she buys a jeweled egg from a greasy man selling items out of his van. How was she to know it was a million dollar Faberge egg? After her friend is tied up and their hotel room ransacked, Elise learns the secret of the Faberge egg and realizes that the mysterious Russian businessman she knocked over is the rightful owner of the precious ornament. Dimitri¿s arch enemy takes drastic measures, following Elise, and killing two of his own men in an effort to get the egg back. Dimitri and Elise fall in love hesitantly as they have both experienced prior bad relationships, but she follows him to Russia to try to help the police capture Kelch, Dimitri¿s rival. , the story combines elements of mystery, action, love, and tender family moments all at the right places, making a perfect fit. If you want a good story combining history, crime, and passion, "The Faberge Secret" is the book for you. Having visited St. Petersburg, Russia, and Brattleboro, Vermont, I enjoyed the memories of those cities that this book evoked.