18th century Russia: Born serfs, the dancing skills of the sisters Natasha and Irina catches the eye of the powerful Countess Rashkova, who makes the girls part of her personal ballet company. But life is dangerous there, for even the slightest misstep is punished harshly. And so Natasha and Irina find themselves thrown into the dungeon, about to be subjected to the caress of the knout.
A ring can be made from a coin by tapping with a spoon. That's what my father witnessed while guarding German POWs during World War II. He told me a story about that and I'm sharing it here. When my father died I was struck by the thought that when a man dies his stories die with him unless someone writes them down.
Published: February 21, 2011.
Fiction » Historical » General
Olga Alexeyevna, an young Russian noblewoman, follows her husband Dmitri into political exile in Siberia.
Used to a live of privilege and comfort, she is nearly defeated by the hardship and isolation of life in a tiny village on the edge of the steppe. As she comes to doubt her values and her marriage,
Dmitri's rashness leads her to confront challenges, losses and loves that change her forever.