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In a novel as gorgeous as its cover, we are dared to challenge the infamous character of Natalya Pushkina.
Meet Natalie, the young wife to Alexander Pushkin--Russia's greatest poet. What history remembers of her was a young flirtatious woman that spent money without a care and had no thought for her husband's troubled mind. It remembers her as despised by Nicholas I's court for supposed affairs with both Georges d'Anthès and the Tsar himeself. But what if history was wrong?
If you delve into Pushkin's own writing, he deems her as young, loving, and budget savvy. She was devoted by lusted after by many. And it is within this frame that we are able to fully picture Natalya in Laam's novel.
Laam did a magnificent job detailing a woman completely misunderstood and blamed for her husband's death by honor duel. It is a well-researched piece, and young Natalya's voice is authentic at its core. Unfortunately, though the novel spreads her entire marriage to Alexander, Natalya's voice never seems to grow older.
The pace is amicable and it is certainly going to be a gorgeous read in the quiet, snowy evenings of January when it is released. Do not expect action--you will find none. And do not expect intrigue--you will find none. Do expect passion, and loyalty, and love. It delivers on these in totality.
Thank you to NetGalley, Jennifer Laam and St. Martin's Press for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.