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The Faberge Secret
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The Faberge Secret
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New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure takes readers on a breathless journey from the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Russia to the grim violence of the pogroms, in his latest thrilling historical adventure.
St Petersburg, 1903. Prince Dimitri Markhov counts himself lucky to be a close friend of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. Cocooned by the glittering wealth of the Imperial court, the talented architect lives a life of luxury and comfort, by the side of his beautiful but spiteful wife, Princess Lara. But when Dimitri is confronted by the death and destruction wrought by a pogrom, he is taken aback. What did these people do to deserve such brutality? The Tsar tells him the Jews themselves were to blame, but Dimitri can't forget what he's seen.
Educated and passionate, Doctor Katya Golitsyn is determined to help end Russian oppression. When she meets Dimitri at a royal ball, she immediately recognizes a kindred spirit, and an unlikely affair begins between them. As their relationship develops, Katya exposes Dimitri to the horrors of the Tsar's regime and the persecution of the Jewish people, and he grows determined to make a stand . . . whatever the cost.
New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure takes readers on a breathless journey from the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Russia to the grim violence of the pogroms, in his latest thrilling historical adventure.
St Petersburg, 1903. Prince Dimitri Markhov counts himself lucky to be a close friend of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. Cocooned by the glittering wealth of the Imperial court, the talented architect lives a life of luxury and comfort, by the side of his beautiful but spiteful wife, Princess Lara. But when Dimitri is confronted by the death and destruction wrought by a pogrom, he is taken aback. What did these people do to deserve such brutality? The Tsar tells him the Jews themselves were to blame, but Dimitri can't forget what he's seen.
Educated and passionate, Doctor Katya Golitsyn is determined to help end Russian oppression. When she meets Dimitri at a royal ball, she immediately recognizes a kindred spirit, and an unlikely affair begins between them. As their relationship develops, Katya exposes Dimitri to the horrors of the Tsar's regime and the persecution of the Jewish people, and he grows determined to make a stand . . . whatever the cost.
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    January 1, 2021
    Despite being friends with with Czar Nicholas II, the emperor of Russia, Prince Dimitri Markhov finds both his life in the Imperial Court montonous and his marriage to the vindictive Princess Lara less than satisfying, compelling him to take solace in his love of architecture. When he meets Katya Golitsyn, a passionate Jewish doctor, the affair that blooms between them opens Dmitri's eyes to the heinous violence perpetrated on the Jewish people by the czar's regime. Once seen, it cannot be unseen, and Dmitri is forced to choose between his dearest friend and the lives of millions of innocent people. Belfoure's dialogue sometimes reads like fictional name dropping, which jars the flow of the story, but the novel offers a unique take on the historically popular Romanov family. The discussion of Russian architecture, the music of Tchaikovsky, and the famous imperial Faberg� eggs combine to create a striking picture of Russian arts and culture in the early 1900s, nicely balanced against the disturbing plight of Russian Jews. Readers who enjoy Martha Hall Kelly and J'nell Ciesielski will want to give this one a try.

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