About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (August 28, 2012)
About the Author:
This is tale of life in St. Petersburg as a young woman of the minor nobility loses her mind after the death of her child then her husband. Told through the eyes of a fictional cousin, this tale of the woman who would become St. Xenia is dark, mysterious and compelling. It is, though as much the story of the cousin as it is of Xenia.
The story is very interesting and the history of Russia is always fascinating. Fact and fiction are woven together well to create a mood that is dark and unsettled. Xenia has a knack for seeing the future and this disturbs her family; she is a very free spirit in a time of circumspection. When she loves, she loves completely and this is what leads to her downfall when she loses all that is dear to her.
The book is not long and Ms. Deans writing style brings you into the story despite its dark overtones. Xenia is a fascinating character and I truly wish there had been more of her but I suppose there can only be so much wandering around the poor sections of town in a husband’s uniform before there is no story. The family stories are very interesting and help to bind Xenia’s life choices together. I enjoyed the story and Ms. Dean’s descriptive passages.
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