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  • The Jewel of St Petersburg

  • By: Kate Furnivall
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
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By: Kate Furnivall
Narrated by: Jilly Bond
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Summary

The Sunday Times top 10 best-selling author

Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally best-selling author of The Betrayal.

Russia, 1910. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburg's aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. But she scandalises society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. He brings to her life a passion and an intimacy she has never known. Unbending in their opposition, her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.

Valentina struggles for independence and to protect her young sister from the tumult sweeping the city, as Russia is bound for rebellion. The Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each other's throats and Valentina is forced to make a choice that changes her life for ever...

©2010 Kate Furnivall (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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"Wonderful...hugely ambitious and atmospheric." (Kate Mosse)

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An interesting bit of history told from a new point of view. The idea of showing the revolution unfold from a reasonably ignorant point of view was interesting, but be aware the romance takes over the plot. The love lies of the characters is very detailed, not my particular cup of tea.
Bond has some really odd ways of speaking - not sure why Russian peasants have West Country accents! Also, she adds strange emphasis to certain words which twist the meaning from how I think it was intended. This is most noticeable in how she repeatedly over stresses Val-en-Tin-a and was most irritating in the very last time of the book!

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  • Alison
  • 18-04-12

The Jewel of St Petersburg

Would you try another book from Kate Furnivall and/or Jilly Bond?

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What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

Jilly Bond has an annoying "little girl" voice which took all the enjoyment out of the story and her attempts at the male voice were grating to say the least.