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The Winter Palace
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
Behind every great ruler lies a betrayal. Eva Stachniak's novel sweeps readers into the passionate, intimate, and treacherous world of Catherine the Great, revealing Russia's greatest matriarch from her earliest days in court, where the most valuable currency was the secrets of nobility and the most dangerous weapon to wield was ambition. Two young women, caught in the landscape of shifting allegiances, navigate the treacherous waters of palace intrigue. Barbara is a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies. Sophia is a pretty, naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great. For readers of superb historical fiction, Eva Stachniak captures in glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Russian court. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Alockey
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
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Dollar store finds.

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RachelO
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Varvara becomes a maid to the future Catherine the Great, where she‘s spotted and trained up as a ‘tongue‘, a spy, to report back any conversations, rumours or other goings-on within the household. I didn‘t get through the book, but haven‘t totally ruled out going back to finish it at some point. #rumourhasit #anglophileapril

Mdargusch Good choice. And I love that cover! You can tell something interesting is going on. 11mo
Reviewsbylola The cover and synopsis sound like Phillipa Gregory! 11mo
gradcat Nice! ✅ 11mo
emilyhaldi 💙 11mo
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MrBook
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
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It‘s tough to see all the stuff in here with the snowflakes everywhere, sorry about that. Have you read or watched any of these titles in my #Winter Display?

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

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RachelO
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Bailedbailed

Clearing the decks before the New Year, and I‘m afraid I‘m bailing on this one. Nothing particularly wrong with it - just not holding my interest, and there are a squillion new books I‘d like to move onto. I wouldn‘t totally rule out coming back to it at a later date.

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petesyd
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a perfect night to start a new book 📖

Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 1y
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RachelO
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Following the death of her parents, Varvara is brought to the court of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, where she‘s noticed and selected to work as a ‘tongue‘, a spy. Her role? To #freezeframe conversations, notes, looks, affections and relay them back to the empress and her chancellor.

I‘ve just started this for #readaroundtheworld #russia, and even though I feel quite remote from Varvara, I‘m enjoying the story. #winterwonderland

TrishB I‘ll wait for your review to see whether worth a read! 1y
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover & picture ♥️💙 1y
Cinfhen Agreeing with @Cathythoughts 1y
youneverarrived That‘s a beautiful cover 😍 1y
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Laughterhp
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#AugustIsATrip - Set in Russia
#Russia

Two really good books that I read and enjoyed that are set in Russia.

I haven‘t read the sequel yet to the Bear and the Nightingale, but it‘s on my TBR!

vkois88 The Bear and the Nightingale is on my TBR. I need to find a copy! 2y
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Sydsavvy
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Spurts have finally grown into a hook for me, I think? Enjoying it now.

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Wodehouse
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Pickpick

I am definitely reading the sequel. And this book has given me an appetite to know more about this queen.

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

My goal this year is to read more historical fictions set in different locations and time periods. Book 2 of the year was a success!

This book was good. I‘m not sure how accurate it is, since I don‘t know too much of Russian History. This book is told from a spies point of a view. She is a spy for Empress Elizabeth and Grand Duchess Catherine spread over 20 years. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

#PopSugarChallenge #ReadHarderChallenge #ReadingWomenChallenge

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Laughterhp
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A fitting read for this blustery snowy day. We are supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow and wind gusts over 50mph. Works and schools closed, but not for me! The only time working from home has it‘s downfalls! I‘ll still read anyways! 😊

mcipher Same here - I work in an office usually, but I can work from home on snow days, so I don‘t get that nice day off like my son! 2y
emilyhaldi Enjoy!! ❄️❄️❄️ 2y
Bookzombie I live San Antonio so we don‘t have many severe weather days, but I work from home so it wouldn‘t matter if we did. I have to be on too. 🙂 2y
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HDLtheGreat
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
Mehso-so

Told from the perpective of an orphan living in the palace, this story was a light historical fiction about Catherine the Great's start in Russia. Easy read.

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Libby1
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
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Naughty, naughty me.

I got all these treasures today for Qb.

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Texreader Wow! Nice haul! 3y
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ReadingMeagan
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
Bailedbailed

I read 250 pages or so. And I realized that I just didn't care anymore. Nothing interesting was really ever happening. So I though. Life is short. Why read dull books?

jessicarenee Exactly! There are too many amazing ones out there to waste any time 🙂📚 3y
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annahenke
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#photoadaynov16 #setineasterneurope

I had more on my digital shelves than I thought! All of these are recommended. Tagged below for blurbs.

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mjdowens I have The Historian, but I so want to read all of these! 3y
Crewgurl I ❤️ The Historian 3y
KariAnderson I loveeeee the Historian!!! 3y
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Jen4
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A little candlelight and cider for a cozy night in with some famous Russians!! Already loving the independent and clever ladies in this book and looking forward to discovering how they deal with the men trying to rule them!

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Angeles
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I can not stop listening! The story of Catherine the great through the eyes of a. spy girl is mesmerizing. the only defect is the weird Eastern European accent affected by the narrator which is distracting

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ElyssaReads
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
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Not a bad read but it was harder for me to stay engaged with this one. Interesting look into Russian court life.

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ElyssaReads
The Winter Palace | Eva Stachniak
Mehso-so

Not a bad read but it was harder for me to stay engaged with this one. Interesting look into Russian court life.

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JacintaMCarter
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I love novels about Russian royalty. However, I firmly believe that the true stories of the czars and empresses are significantly more fascinating than the fictionalized accounts.

annahenke I agree! 4y
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JacintaMCarter
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It's possible that my "currently reading" pile has gotten a bit out of hand.

Suzze That's some stack! I have some of those on my TBR. 4y
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