Book review: Olga’s Egg

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Olga’s Egg,
by Sophie Law
Clink Street
Historical Novel
314 pages


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Last year in November, I read a stunning historical mystery on the world of Derby blue porcelain in England. It’s interesting that this year, I stumbled on another excellent historical mystery also in the world of art, this time in Russian on the Fabergé eggs and the Romanovs. Olga’s Egg was an amazing discovery, I’m so glad Clink Street approached me for their 12 days of Clink Street – though for some reason, I’m not listed on their event banner.

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Book review: The Romanov Empress

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by  C. W. Gortner
Ballantine Books

Genre: Historical Fiction
431 pages


When I hear about the House of Romanov, I automatically think of Tsar Alexander Nicholas II, his wife, and his children. So when I saw The Romanov Empress, the latest book by Gortner, an author whose writing I really appreciate (see for instance my review of Mademoiselle Chanel), I thought it was about one of the girls. So I was at first a bit disappointed to discover the empress in question is actually Maria Feodorovna, Nicholas’s mother. However, the quality if the book counterbalanced my disappointment.

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Sunday Sentence: The Secret Language of Stones, by MJ Rose

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The Secret Language of Stones

(historical fiction)

 Release date: July 19, 2016
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4767-7809-9
320 pages

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