Russian brides Lara and Yulia are navigating their new lives in the United States. After the initial excitement that surrounds their marriages to their American husbands suddenly wears off, the two women develop a friendship that they both hope can help them survive the clash of personalities, cultures, and expectations that now overshadow their everyday lives.
Lara, a practical woman who hooked up with her husband, Sam, on the Internet, is fairly content with her life in America-until she realizes she needs more from her marriage and life than financial stability. Yulia, a closet poet and a believer in idealistic romance, fell in love at first sight with Bill in Moscow. Unfortunately, unable to distinguish fantasy from reality, Yulia falls prey to an idealized image of her philandering husband who secretly yearns for his bachelorhood. As both women face drastic changes in their destinies, they soon realize that their worries about speaking flawless English are the least of their problems.
In this contemporary romance, two Russian women on a journey to what they once thought would be a fairy tale now must wonder if they will ever attain a happy ending.
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A fun, humorous, yet moving story about relationships between men and women, who in addition to dealing with the usual trials and tribulations of marriage have to struggle with cultural differences. The four main characters were fascinating on their own - their very disparate and vivid personalities made me laugh, cry, sometimes scream in frustration and run through a whole gamut of emotions. However, it was the interaction between the two main couples that was most compelling to me. I found the ending of the novel unexpected, yet authentic to who these characters became by the end of this very fun ride. I highly recommend this read to anyone.