Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Last Russian Doll: A Novel by Kristen Loesch

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

A haunting, epic novel about betrayal, revenge, and redemption that follows three generations of Russian women, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union, and the enduring love story at the center.

In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land...

...a young girl lived happily in Moscow with her family: a sister, a father, and an eccentric mother who liked to tell fairy tales and collect porcelain dolls. 

One summer night, everything changed, and all that remained of that family were the girl and her mother.

Now, a decade later and studying at Oxford University, Rosie has an English name, a loving fiancé, and a promising future, but all she wants is to understand--and bury--the past. After her mother dies, Rosie returns to Russia, armed with little more than her mother’s strange folklore--and a single key.

What she uncovers is a devastating family history that spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin’s purges, and beyond.

At the heart of this saga stands a young noblewoman, Tonya, as pretty as a porcelain doll, whose actions—and love for an idealistic man—will set off a sweeping story that reverberates across the century....

my thoughts:

Wow. What a story! The Last Russian Doll: A Novel by Kristen Loesch is historical fiction at its very best! I LOVED this book to bits! It was mesmerizing, engaging, and so well written. I enjoyed every second I spent with it. Such a great read!

A family saga filled with betrayal, loss, mystery, murder, and Russian fairytales. This is the story of three women that spans over a revolution, a war, and so much more. We get to travel back and forth in time as we learn about these women and their stories - gotta love dual timelines. We find out memories and the people in them. We revisit old landmarks and towns. We learn about Russia and its history. And, we find out about a family and their history. It's fascinating, heartbreaking, and amazing. 

I would happily recommend The Last Russian Doll to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you are going to LOVE this book! Make sure to check it out ASAP!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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