The Russian Concubine

Author(s): Kate Furnivall

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Junchow, China, 1928. Lydia Ivanova has a fierce spirit. Nothing can dim it, not even the foul waters of the Peiho River. Into the river's grime bodies are tossed - those of thieves and Communists alike. So every time Lydia steals from someone to feed herself and her mother, she takes her life into her own hands. Lydia's mother, Valentina, numbered among the Russian elite until the Bolsheviks rounded them up. They took her husband but she managed to buy back her child and bring her to China. But survival is hard. Even though mother and daughter live in the Whites-only settlement, no walls can keep Lydia in. She escapes to meet Chang An Lo, who saves her life once and is bound to her for ever . But Chang has enemies who are hunting him down - Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed towards Junchow to kill Reds like him. Their all-consuming love can only mean danger for them both, but they are powerless to end it ...

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'Wonderful ... a gripping love story ... A hugely ambitious and atmospheric epic novel' Kate Mosse, author of LABYRINTH ** 'The Russian Concubine is a great story of love, loss and conflicting loyalties in a fascinatingly precarious moment of history. 'Wonderful ... a gripping love story ... A hugely ambitious and atmospheric epic novel' Kate Mosse, author of LABYRINTH 'The Russian Concubine is a great story of love, loss and conflicting loyalties in a fascinatingly precarious moment of history. The wonderfully drawn and all-too-human characters struggle to survive in a world of danger and bewildering change, constantly choosing whether to embrace the past or to escape it, caught between cultures, ideologies - and the growing realization that only the frail reed of love is strong enough to withstand the destroying winds of time' Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series ** 'I won't fill my precious space with a mass of superlatives, but suffice to say this is my pick of the month ... It is an epic romance adventure, relentlessly paced with a fabulous cast of characters, [and] a wonderfully atmospheric setting ... Little, Brown has a winner' Bookseller

Kate Furnivall lives in Wales. This is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781847441676SECA
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Sphere
  • : August 2007
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate Furnivall
  • : Paperback
  • : 592
  • : Modern fiction