Monday, October 10, 2011

Mailbox Monday 10.10.11



Hosted this month by Savvy Verse & Wit.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.

What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.

With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.

From NetGalley. Release date: January 10th.

12 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy The Winter Palace!

Peggy said...

Sounds very good! Check out my mailbox

bermudaonion said...

Oh, I bet that's a good one!

Harvee said...

I like the plot summary and bet this novel is an enjoyable one. Have fun with your reading! You're welcome to visit for a look at some of the: books on my shelves listed in the right column.

RAnn said...

Interesting; I have a couple this week about Catherine the Great.

Anne said...

I love books set in Russia, this one sounds good!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I can't wait to hear what you think of The Winter Palace. That one's on my wish list and I can't wait for it to be released.

Tribute Books Mama said...

The Winter Palace sounds good to me,enjoy!

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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This sounds like an intriguing read. I hope you enjoy it!

Mystica said...

I hope you enjoy the book. The cover looks amazing as well.

Alyce said...

The Winter Palace looks so good!

Serena said...

Enjoy your book.