The Lost Season of Love and Snow
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The Lost Season of Love and Snow

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At the age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. But while she finds joy in French translations and a history of Russian poetry, her family is more concerned with her marriage prospects. It is only fitting that during the Christmas of 1828 at her first public ball in her hometown of Moscow she attracts the romantic attention of Russia's most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin. Enchanted at first sight, Natalya is already a devoted reader of Alexander's serialised novel inverse, Evgeny Onegin. The most recently published chapter ends in a duel, and she is dying to learn what happens next. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander's intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya hopes to see him again as soon as possible. What follows is a courtship and later marriage full of equal parts passion and domestic bliss but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads to Alexander dying from injuries earned defending his honor as well as Natalya's in a duel, Natalya finds herself reviled for her alleged role in his death. With beautiful writing and understanding, Jennifer Laam, and her compelling new novel, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, help Natalya tell her side of the story - the story of her greatest love and her inner struggle to create a fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a glamorous imperial Court.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25.4mm | 294.84g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250121884
  • 9781250121882
  • 1,073,026

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"An evocative story of love and power, Jennifer Laam draws the reader deep into the heart of a resilient woman's struggle to hold her own in Imperial Russian society. Natalia Pushkin, a woman once adored, ridiculed, and since forgotten, is brought to life in this vibrant, skillfully woven tale." - Serena Burdick, author of Girl in the Afternoon "The next time you need a break from reality, turn to The Lost Season of Love and Snow. It tells the story of how one woman, Natalya, goes from being the admired wife of a poet to the villain accused of playing a role in his death. Oh, and there's an epic duel. Sold." - HelloGiggles

"As a historical novel it is certainly inspiring, successfully setting out the beauty and cruelties of a previous time, as well as holding a mirror to our own age." - The Historical Novel Society

"An evocative story of love and power, Jennifer Laam draws the reader deep into the heart of a resilient woman's struggle to hold her own in Imperial Russian society. Natalya Pushkina, a woman once adored, ridiculed, and since forgotten, is brought to life in this vibrant, skillfully woven tale." - Serena Burdick, author of Girl in the Afternoon

"A captivating tale in which Natalya Pushkin is vividly imagined. The dramatic complexities of her personality, and of Imperial Russian society, are cleverly portrayed in this sensitive and skillfully written novel. Sure to enchant those who are already fans of Jennifer Laam, and fans of historical fiction." - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

"This hauntingly elegant tale of love and tragedy in Imperial Russia, as seen through the eyes of Pushkin's much-reviled wife, sweeps us up into the fatal glamour and deceptions of an era, the peril of choices, and one woman's resilient struggle to discover herself." - C.W. Gortner, author of The Vatican Princess

"The Lost Season of Love and Snow deftly weaves historical facts with rich, deep emotion, taking us inside the unforgettable love story between young beauty Natalya Goncharova and famed poet Alexander Pushkin. Jennifer Laam delivers a compelling portrait of a woman unfairly condemned not just for her own desires, but for the adoration of powerful men she could neither reject nor control. Laam makes love itself both the hero and the villain of this powerful story, delicately exploring its joys, delights and tensions as well as its tragic consequences." - Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise "An evocative story of love and power, Jennifer Laam draws the reader deep into the heart of a resilient woman's struggle to hold her own in Imperial Russian society. Natalya Pushkina, a woman once adored, ridiculed, and since forgotten, is brought to life in this vibrant, skillfully woven tale." - Serena Burdick, author of Girl in the Afternoon

"A captivating tale in which Natalya Pushkin is vividly imagined. The dramatic complexities of her personality, and of Imperial Russian society, are cleverly portrayed in this sensitive and skillfully written novel. Sure to enchant those who are already fans of Jennifer Laam, and fans of historical fiction." - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

"This hauntingly elegant tale of love and tragedy in Imperial Russia, as seen through the eyes of Pushkin's much-reviled wife, sweeps us up into the fatal glamour and deceptions of an era, the peril of choices, and one woman's resilient struggle to discover herself." - C.W. Gortner, author of The Vatican Princess

"The Lost Season of Love and Snow deftly weaves historical facts with rich, deep emotion, taking us inside the unforgettable love story between young beauty Natalya Goncharova and famed poet Alexander Pushkin. Jennifer Laam delivers a compelling portrait of a woman unfairly condemned not just for her own desires, but for the adoration of powerful men she could neither reject nor control. Laam makes love itself both the hero and the villain of this powerful story, delicately exploring its joys, delights and tensions as well as its tragic consequences." - Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise "Laam has not only created a captivating tale, but has wovena delicate and resonant fabric from the timeless threads of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption." --Pam Jenoff, international bestselling author of The Ambassador's Daughter on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"Well-researched, clever, and compelling, this promisingdebut novel will stand out at a time when the popularity of historical novelsseems at an all-time high. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is...peopledwith well-motivated, well-drawn, characters. The clear prose and livelydialogue impel the reader forward. The suspenseful and complex plot leads to agraceful, but startling resolution. Jennifer Laam is an emerging novelist towatch." --Roberta Rich, international bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice on The Secret Daughter ofthe Tsar

"The Secret Daughter of the Tsar weaves a lively tale that takes the reader backthrough the shadowy mysteries that still surround the murders of the doomedimperial family of Russia... Laam [tells] her story with verve andimagination." - Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar
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About Jennifer Laam

JENNIFER LAAM is the author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and The Tsarina's Legacy. She earned her master's degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California.
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194 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 24% (46)
4 40% (77)
3 28% (55)
2 7% (14)
1 1% (2)
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