mobi ´ The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers 320 pages

pdf ☆ The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers  Kerri Turner

Petrograd 1914 A country on a knife edge The story of two people caught in the middle – with everything to loseA stunning debut from a talented new Australian voice in historical fiction Valentina Yershova's position in the Romanov's Imperial Russian Ballet is the only thing that keeps her from the clutches of poverty With implacable determination she has clawed her way through the ranks to soloist utilising not only her talent but her It was 1914 in Petrograd and Luka Zhirkov was nervous as he walked into the rehearsal room His lifelong dream had always been to dance Now he’d been given the chance to dance with Romanov’s Imperial Russian Ballet and he knew that he could go far if he was accepted His awe at the beauty and talent of Valentina Yershova when he first saw her was such that his desire to dance as her partner one day was foremost in his mindValentina was one of the many who had a protector – a man who would own all but her heart As Luka’s talent grew and his contract was renewed so too did his admiration for Valentina grow But they both knew it was a useless fantasy – Maxim would never let her go; in fact he could ruin Luka’s career uite easily Luka was also burdened with guilt over his role in the war that had invaded Russia – his brother had gone to fight for his country; his father was proud of his soldier son and ashamed of the son who danced while the country sufferedPoverty and starvation were rife through the streets of Petrograd and when the revolution took hold the danger was there for all to see What would be the outcome for the members of the Imperial Ballet and all its dancers And would Luka and Valentina ever know happiness The Last of the Romanov Dancers is the debut novel by Aussie author Kerri Turner and it was an exceptional read in my opinion Based on many facts – as told at the end of the novel – I found it to be a poignant heartbreaking and intriguing historical novel which I thoroughly enjoyed Well researched the lives of the characters in war torn Russia were chaotic and filled with envy jealousies and hate But above all their love of the dance shone through Highly recommendedWith thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

mobi The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers

The Last Days of the Romanov DancersAlliances with influential rich men that grants them her body but never her heart When Luka Zhirkov – the gifted son of a factory worker – joins the company her passion for ballet and love is rekindled putting at risk everything that she has builtFor Luka being accepted into the company fulfills a lifelong dream But in the eyes of his proletariat father it makes him a traitor As war tightens its grip and the country starves Luka is This was uite a fascinating book for me; set as the title suggests in Russia just before the Tsarist family the Romanovs fell and the country succumbed to internal strife and revolution Mostly set between between 1914 and 1917 the story goes between the two viewpoints of dancers in the Imperial Russian Ballet Valentina Yershova is one of the prime ballerinas in the troupe she is not at the top yet but she is working toward it Coming from a poor background she would never have made it as far as she has without having a 'protector' a man who helps advance her career pays for an opulent life style that she could not otherwise afford and who introduces her to the right people to advance her career Valentina is a good ballerina but her passion for dance is evenly matched by her determination to make something of her life Surrounded by the ridiculous opulence and careless lifestyle of the great she daily walks on a knife's edge to maintain and advance her statusLuka Zhirkov has just graduated from the Imperial Ballet School to the Russian Ballet he has the true immersive dedication to ballet that you would expect from someone who has castoff his laborers family background and dedicated everything to ballet His viewpoint is refreshing in comparison to Valentina's because he sees the wrongs committed by the upper echelon and the social discrepancies that she is blind to Where she is desperate to advance he is desperate to dance and modestly grateful for the comparative luxuries that his position in the ballet grants himThe two as might be expected fall in love but Valentina has her protector and the Ballet itself is on the verge of crumbling with the Romanov family that are it's patrons The relationship is secret and anything but smoothI really enjoyed this story I have not read much set in Russia so that was fresh and interesting The dedication and detail of the culture the historical setting small details of table settings All of those details made it a rich lush reading experience The way the Ballet stood between the upper echelon of society and the way Luka and Valentina tied in the commoners gave the reader a great sense of the place and timesIn fact to be honest I loved the place and the times so much I was a little impatient with our leading pair as lovers While I could completely see the two of them falling in love and certainly in lust I found it hard to reconcile the two as such passionate lovers that they were both willing to walk away from everything in their lives to pursue that relationship They seemed too different and too disengaged from each other for the romance to really zing at least for me However that small detail really didn't matter because other things were constantly grabbing my attention My mother was into Ballet so I know a little about it but only a little I loved the descriptions of the Imperial Ballet the small cruel accuracy of things like the foot injuries routinely suffered by the dancers The small details of their warm up regime All these things fascinated me I wanted ; when Luka first joins he describes feeling an outsider as he observed the camaraderie between established dancers I wanted to read bout him establishing his own contacts his own camaraderie The way the story builds up the social background; of the war that decimated the young men of Russia of the growing dissatisfaction with the elite all those things made for a great story for lovers of historical fiction And really Valentina and Luka do serve perfectly in their way to anchor the time and place They give the reader a way to feel personally connected to the events from two very different perspectives so they do well in that regardNow no spoilers we start the story off in 1917 with Luka waiting for Valentina to come to him so they can run away together then we are immersed in 1914 and we leave that behind The ending which I will not disclose was brilliant just perfect for the book perfect for the characters and completely tied off the story for me Brilliant work Kerri Turner A really good ending is something that one comes to increasingly value the one reads This one left me happy and sad satisfied and thoughtful I finished reading this book a few weeks ago and have read others in the meantime but I am still thinking about this one

Kerri Turner  The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers pdf

mobi ´ The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers 320 pages ☆ Petrograd 1914 A country on a knife edge The story of two people caught in the middle – with everything to loseA stunning debut from a talented new Australian voice in historical fiction Valentina Yershova's position in the Romanov's Imperial Russian Ballet is the onlIncreasingly burdened with guilt about their lavish lifestylesWhile Luka and Valentina's secret connection grows the country rockets toward a revolution that will decide the fate of every dancerFor the Imperial Russian Ballet has become the ultimate symbol of Romanov indulgence and soon the lovers are forced to choose their country their art or each other A powerful novel of class turmoil passion and just how much two people will sacrifi What a beautiful emotional and thought provoking read Earlier this year I read and loved Kerri Turner's second novel The Daughter of Victory Lights My love of historical fiction has really increased since then and I was excited to win a copy of The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers from Kerri herself Set in 1914 Petrograd Russia it is the story of Luka a dancer who never in his wildest dreams imagined he would be part of Romanov's Imperial Russian Ballet But here he is joining some of the best dancers in the country He is now mingling with the rich and famous a far cry from his beginning in the poor part of town His brother has gone off to fight in the war and feel enormous guilt that he is living his best life instead And then he falls in love with one of the solo dancers Valentina but the affair is doomed I read this book in an afternoon and was completely lost in the world of pre revolution Russia Thank you so much Kerri for the book and I look forward to what you have for us next