Only someone born there could understand that a place might be larger on the inside than on the outside; that to be encircled by a closed horizon could give one more freedom than to stand in the middle of a vast and featureless plain. It was a little, she thought, like the freedom of religion, the power and scope that was granted to one by virtue of belonging to God; the atheist might think he was free, but the very emptiness of his life was a prison.
I have a hard time understanding how a Savior who has given His own life so that mankind can have real hope for his personal failures can be offensive?
I enjoyed this novel but I do wish the author had given the reader a story that showed more of the triumph of the human spirit over circumstances, rather than the dark consequences of war and human nature. There is a LOT of history especially in the last third of the book with the European conflict and battles, negotiations, governmental figures and cabinets, and the author has obviously meticulously done her research.
Yes, with some cautions. But be warned also that there are, although not numerous, some scenes especially one or two that come to mind that might give you more than you bargained for. Apr 11, Katherine Gypson rated it liked it. This title has caught my eye countless times on library shelves. The cover has a kind of earlys grand historical romance saga look that both put me off and drew me in.
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Finally, desperate for historical fiction set in Russia why are there so few titles? I'm mostly glad I did. At pages, I got through Anna in about a week so it represented a fairly serious investment of reading time. The book is divided into three parts, set in , and This title has caught my eye countless times on library shelves. The book is divided into three parts, set in , and The first two parts are the strongest as they give the reader the opportunity to discover Russia through the eyes of English governess Anna and experience first-hand the impact Napoleon had on Russia in the early 19th century.
The first part strongly reminded me of Jane Eyre and the novels of Jane Austen through its use of language and custom and the plot-line of an impoverished governess falling for her older employer.
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The second part read quite quickly due to its gorgeous scenes detailing life in the Caucasus region. Unfortunately, the end of the second part finds the characters making choices that seem forced for the sake of the plot and the third part contains some very obvious plot twists combined with a dragging pace that unfortunately coincides with Napoleon's invasion of Russia - an event that could have been used for maximum dramatic impact. The writing style is straight-forward and very noticeably not from this current period of historical fiction.
I don't think many authors could get away with the level of detail and description that Harrod-Eagles includes here. I tend to appreciate a deeper level of detail in historical novels but some readers may find it off-putting. The main character Anna is relatable during the first two parts before her character changes almost instantly in the third part of the book.
Almost all of the characters in the novel tend to suffer from a slightly stale, generic stereotyped feeling. But all in all, I enjoyed the sense of sinking into a large novel that fully immersed me in a new world. Aug 25, Andrea rated it it was amazing. If you like historical fiction, this book is a fantastic read. I learned more about Napolean's invasion of Russia here and found it much more interesting! I can't wait to read the second one. I love these stories set in Russia during the reign of the tzars. Anna goes to Russia as a governess to Count Kirov.
This first one in the trilogy is set against the background of the war with Napolean. It combines history and romance, taking the reader on a wonderful journey through time. I love this book. Nov 20, Anneta rated it liked it. It was a promising book that ended up in a boring and indifferent way.
I felt like the second part of the book was written by a different writer. I loved her writing at the first part of the book,the descriptions of life in Russia,Anne's feelings and her struggle to survive in a foreign land. I was very enthusiastic and couldn't wait to finish it off. The second part,after Anne and the Count got together,something changed in the tone of writing,i suddenly lost interest in the plot. I somehow expected It was a promising book that ended up in a boring and indifferent way. I somehow expected this love story to thrill me but in the contrary i felt bored. It felt like the whole world of Kirov was Anne and only Anne.
He never even grieved for his wife's and his children's loss from the heart. I also think that Anne never gained a bond with her own daughter,Rose,let alone with Kirov's kids. Now i understand what is the major problem of this book,i saw no passion or pathos at all. It was a nicely written book,on the whole but it somehow didn't manage to win me over because it so much lacks of real emotion and,give me a break,Harrod-Eagles didn't even get close to understand the soul of the Russian nation.
I mean if you compare this piece of literature with Tolstoy or Dostoyevski,you immidiately realise this can't be a persuassive description of real Russia,just my point!
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Dec 25, Korey rated it liked it. This is a sprawling, slowly paced book which is both its strength and its weakness. I was totally riveted by the first half of this book and loved that Harrod-Eagles was spending so much time establishing her characters and describing their surroundings so vividly and so beautifully. However, I must confess a gradual feeling of impatience grew within me as the book progressed to the point where I found the last third or so quite tedious.
There can be a thin line between a deliberately paced, app This is a sprawling, slowly paced book which is both its strength and its weakness. There can be a thin line between a deliberately paced, appropriately detailed story and a dull, meandering one and this book drifted from the former to the latter eventually. On the whole I'm glad I read this. At its best it was great and even when it became a slog I never completely lost interest in the characters and their fates. Trimmed down to say pages instead of this book would have been dynamite. As it is, it is bloated but still good.
Sep 21, Sarah Wagner rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , russia. An epic historical novel set in the early nineteenth century and culminating with Napoleon's invasion of Russia. When Anne Peters, an English governess, finds herself suddenly without employment and stranded in Paris, she encounters the intriguing Russian Count Kirov, who offers her a position in his household.
Anne finds herself attracted to her new employer, but she represses her true feelings for years, but eventually the passions of the characters come to the surface, with consequences for a An epic historical novel set in the early nineteenth century and culminating with Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Anne finds herself attracted to her new employer, but she represses her true feelings for years, but eventually the passions of the characters come to the surface, with consequences for all concerned.
An excellent historical novel, recommended to historical fiction fans, especially those with an interest in Russia or the Napoleonic Wars. May 07, Barbara Came added it Shelves: finished. Loved it! The setting, the etiquette in that time period, the morals they lived by, the way they spoke to each other and simply everything!
There is quite a lot of description of landscapes and the various tribes in the Caucasus Region, how they lived and decorated their homes. But the author's grasp of human character and the way she describes it is amazing and really detailed. So enjo Loved it! So enjoyed this book that towards the end I could not put it down and sat reading while we were on holiday at a family lunch!
Now I have the next two on my Kobo and cannot wait to get started! Apr 24, K. I always enjoy Cynthia Harrod Eagles work, and this was no exception. A really interesting look at the Napoleonic Wars from the Russian point of view, and it was a rather unique outlook on the Russian lifestyle during that period. A lot more glam than one would think. Anna was a great heroine, and the Kirov family were lovely as a whole, despite some rather esoteric moments that didn't quite fit in. Do wish her families would get on better though Mar 03, Angie rated it really liked it.
I read this 20 years ago and liked it. So I thought I would read it again. I really enjoyed all the history of it. Course doing my high schoolers history for him helped me understand Napolean and Russia's war better. So reading the book I knew how that part would play out. It takes place from to when Napolean was defeated. Apr 16, Nancy rated it liked it. I read this series of three books after I read I, Victoria. It was good historical fiction that takes place in Russia, and follows a family over several generations.
Mar 27, Christine rated it really liked it. I remember reading this when I was a teen. It was part of a Reader's Digest condensed book. Russia made romantic and beautiful and epic. It reminds you of Anna and the King, Anastasia and Jane Eyre all combined into one glorious romantic, angsty novel. Shelves: historical-fiction , tbr-wishlist , recommended. Blame this one on Rebecca and Misfit.
Oh, the Napoleonic wars and Russian setting, along with the tease of learning a character dies deserve some blame too. Oct 12, Belle rated it really liked it. Historical fiction set in 19th century Russia first in a trilogy. Suitable reading for winter! May 04, Alison marked it as to-read Shelves: series-kirov-saga. Jan 29, Margareth rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. Got on better with this than the Morland Dynasty which seems to have gone on forever.
Mind, this looks set for a run! Feb 26, Allie Rozewski added it. I love historical Novels so it was a nice read, I'd make a bigger review, but right now I'm watching the final battle in the "Last Samurai" and it's not happening. Apr 23, Marcia rated it really liked it. Big book, but I loved it. Oct 05, Suzanne added it. Another enjoyable read from C. Readers also enjoyed.
About Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. She had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, star Cynthia Harrod-Eagles aka Emma Woodhouse , Elizabeth Bennett Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on 13 August in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, where was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in , and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy.
She had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, starting as a junior cashier at Woolworth's and working her way down to Pensions Officer at the BBC. The series was originally intended to comprise twelve volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended to thirty-four. Other books in the series. The Kirov Trilogy 3 books. Books by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. See also: Into the Darkness Novel. Continued by: Beyond the Horizon. See also: Beyond the Horizon Novel. Set in: St.
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