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The Master Craftsman : A Novel

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In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Faberge, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Faberge Egg that Peter Karl Faberge secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 30.48mm | 356g
  • Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0800740424
  • 9780800740429

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"Compelling, exhilarating, and richly imagined, The Master Craftsman is historical fiction at its best."--Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.


"The Master Craftsman is the perfect blend of intrigue, suspense, history, and romance. This novel has it all!"--Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

"This novel was a delightful escape."--Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds

"Part contemporary, part historical, part treasure hunt, part mystery . . . this book is unlike any you've ever read."--Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials
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About Kelli Stuart

Kelli Stuart is the author of the Carol Award-winning Like a River from Its Course, as well as A Silver Willow by the Shore and Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (with Wendy Speake). Stuart has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, Tonic.com, Disney, American Girl, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, and (in)courage. Kelli is a storyteller at heart, fluent in the Russian language, and has spent the last two decades studying the Russian and Ukrainian culture. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and five children.
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305 ratings
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4 36% (109)
3 19% (57)
2 2% (7)
1 1% (4)
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