The Jewel of St Petersburg

The Jewel of St Petersburg

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Russia, 1910. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburg's aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. But she scandalises society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. He brings to her life a passion and an intimacy she has never known. Unbending in their opposition, her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count. Valentina struggles for independence and to protect her young sister from the tumult sweeping the city, as Russia is bound for rebellion. The Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each other's throats and Valentina is forced to make a choice that changes her life for ever more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 144 x 228 x 32mm | 320g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751543306
  • 9780751543308
  • 77,969

About Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and studied English at London University. She worked in publishing and then moved to TV advertising, where she met her husband. In 2000, Kate decided to write her mother's extraordinary story of growing up in Russia, China and India, and this became The Russian Concubine, which was a New York Times bestseller. All her books since then have had an exotic setting and Kate has travelled widely for her research. She now has two sons and lives with her husband in a cottage by the sea in Devon. Visit Kate's website at www.katefurnivall.comshow more

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High drama and old fashioned passion make this perfect escapist reading Marie Claire A complex tale masterfully told, of passion, adventure and intrigue during one of the most fascinating eras of Russian history. Kate Furnivall had my heart pounding from page one - and kept it racing right up until the last. A truly satisfying read SA Gripping, elegant, and fierce, this is a classic war-torn love story, and Furnivall's best yet' LIBRARY JOURNAL 'The Jewel of St Petersburg is an impressive novel which effortlessly conjures up a period in history, colours it with exciting characters and consequently creates an absorbing story that will enthrall from start to finish'show more

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High drama and old fashioned passion make this perfect escapist reading Marie Claireshow more

Rating details

3,397 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (977)
4 39% (1,317)
3 24% (820)
2 7% (226)
1 2% (57)

Our customer reviews

I started reading this book not knowing it was a part of trilogy. This book was beyond my expectations. I can't explain how this book made me feel, it was just breathtaking. So many things happened. It was so intense. The author has done a wonderful job on this book. I could feel everything the characters were feeling. The details... it was as if I was there right with them. I also learned a lot of Russia from that time. Whenever someone says Valentina and Jens, I get butterflies in my tummy. I get all excited. Because their love is so precious to me. I guess that explains a lot about the quality of this book. I'm going to start with the next book in this trilogy right away. This deserves beyond doubt a five star more
by Emin Somuncu
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