Strength is displayed with beauty in the prequel to the beloved, The Lilac Girls. The story is told through the lives of three women, Eliza, Sofya, a cousin to tsar Nicholas, and Varinka. These three characters provided beautifully written viewpoints that embodied the story was meant to portray. I felt it was done in a seamless and complete way. As I reader you were able to embody each character and truly understand them.
The historical aspect to this book was very fascinating, the year is 1914. If you are a history-buff you will be enriched with the world on the brink of WWI and be engulfed by three strong female characters. I enjoyed being whipped into the face paced lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka. The amount of research, knowledge for such a turbulent time was very well displayed and I felt very deep for the book itself.
Thank you, Suzy Approved Book Tours and Random House, for this unique opportunity to read this book
early. Lilac Girls was the beginning and introduced the world to Caroline Ferriday and with Lost Roses,
we were able to see how it all began.
Blurb via Goodreads:
“It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorker’s treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov’s. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s Imperial dynasty begins to fall.”