Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg St Petersburg Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia s capital city Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family she is apprenticed into thei

  • Title: Midnight in St Petersburg
  • Author: Vanora Bennett
  • ISBN: 9781780891590
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • St Petersburg,1911 Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia s capital city.Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin making workshop.With her looks and talents, she feels instantly at home in their bohemian circle of friends But revolution is in the air and, as society begins to fSt Petersburg,1911 Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia s capital city.Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin making workshop.With her looks and talents, she feels instantly at home in their bohemian circle of friends But revolution is in the air and, as society begins to fracture, she is forced to choose between her heart and her head.She loves her brooding cousin, Yasha, but he is wild, destructive and bent on revolution Horace Wallich, the Englishman who works for Faberg , is older and promises security and respectability.As the revolution descends into anarchy and blood letting, a commission to repair a priceless Stradivarius violin offers Inna a means of escape But will man will she choose to take with her And is it already too late

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    1. This book has a lot to recommend itself: a stunning cover, a unique setting, and tender romance. In recent years I’ve read a lot of books set in Russia or by Russian authors. It’s a region that I don’t know much history about nor do I know much about their culture. But I’m intrigued by the area so I love reading books set in Russia or by Russian authors so I can gain a better understanding of an often forgotten culture in literature.So needless to say this story about three unlikely char [...]

    2. I was very disappointed in the book; I had high hopes for it as I love historical fiction and pre-revolutionary Russia is a fascinating time. However, I did not like or understand the main characters' motivations. And I found the book dragged on; I literally fell asleep reading it a few times. Normally, I wouldn't finish a book like this (and therefore not write a review) but I kept hoping it would turn around for me and it just never did.

    3. This is really my type of book. Historic fiction at its best. Although the ending is a little too convenient, it doesn't detract from the story. It reminds me of City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin set in Germany, just prior to the rise of Hitler. Good stuff.

    4. Tipična ljubavna priča i borba između osjećaja i razuma. Nisam neki ljubitelj takvih knjiga, ali ova nije toliko sladunjava i donosi opise Rusije toga doba, prekrasne violine i Fabergéova jaja, te neke važne povijesne ličnosti koje su tada utjecale na događaje u Rusiji.

    5. Uvijek mi je lijepo pročitati knjigu koja posjeduje istorijske činjenice. Dodatni bonus su ličnosti koje su inspirisale stvaranje priče nebitno da li se pisac slijepo držao događaja ili je uljepšao priču. Isprepliću se socijalni, politički, istorijski, ljubavni elementi i "pitka" je za čitanje. Ocjena 3 koja naginje ka ocjeni 4. Nema toliko uzbuđenja da se jedva čeka otvoriti i nastaviti čitati, ali je dovoljno dobra za preporuku.

    6. This is our book club choice, due to be scrutinised next Saturday. I am afraid I will struggle to say many kind words about it, apart from "I enjoyed the last sixty pages". It is in this faint praise that my problems with the book can be found. It is much too long; at least 100 pages too long; which means that it lacks dramatic tension. When you add to that my lack of empathy towards any of the three main characters. Reading the afterword made me wonder if the author was too close to both one ch [...]

    7. Calling this "historical fiction" is a bit of a stretch. It's a romance novel -- not my preferred genre -- that happens to be set in St. Petersburg.

    8. I can't really rate this one. There is not real driving plot elements, and some parts are well-done while others are not so much. It was like driving on a road where some of it was paved last month and some was paved in the last century. The level of rockiness in the storytelling can vary. I guess I was a bit more disappointed than not, since I was expecting a gritty and honest telling of life for Jews in pre-revolutionary Russia, but instead we just got all this love-triangle BS and the history [...]

    9. This is a good historical novel, with romance at its very heart, one woman and two suitors, set in pre-revolutionary Russia. The story spans September 1911 until 1919 and reflects the plight of Jews; the struggle of the lower classes and desire for the upper classes to maintain their splendour and privilege.One is initially drawn to the central character Inna, a young Jew, already orphaned by the persecutions towards her kind forced to flee Kiev and seek refuge with a distant relative in St Pete [...]

    10. Do you ever read a book and at the end of it, all you can find yourself saying is wow? Well, this story has the opposite effect. Instead, I found myself saying, "thank goodness it's over!" because this was just way too long and way too boring. I seriously thought I would love this because of the time period: pre-revolutionary Russia. I don't read many books involving Russia, so I jumped at the chance to read Midnight in St. Petersburg.The story started off very strong with our female lead, Inna, [...]

    11. 2015 reading challenge - a book by an author you've never read beforeIt's been a while since I read a historical-fiction novel and I'm glad I decided to pick this one up. The historical (and geographical) aspect of this book was very well researched and I learnt a whole lot of things about the Russian Revolution, that I admit to not being very familiar with.At first, I liked the main character, Inna. She was young and scared, but she knew how to stand her ground. She was kind and skilled. Furthe [...]

    12. obozavam knjige s tematikom carske rusije i obicno ih procitam u hipu, moram priznati da me ova knjiga poprilicno napatila, ne znam zasto ali stil pisanja, tromost, vrlo bitne stvari su ovlas dotaknute, stalno cekanje da se nesto dogodisve u svemu tko ju ne procita nista nece izgubiti

    13. This was a good historical novel. I was especially interested because the events occurred around the time my grandpa left Russia and came to Canada. It was interesting to read about the life of ordinary people living during such a historically significant time in world history. The story was good. I enjoyed it.

    14. I had high expectations for this novel, and I have to say that I'm not very impressed. I'll start by saying that I only read up to Chapter 18, which is actually a good chunk of the book, so I did give it the old college try. However, Bennett's way of crafting her story left me really confused. Inna shows up at the house of her "cousin" Yasha, but it takes forever for Bennett to tease out both of their backstories. Even when more details are revealed, it is done in such a disjointed way that I st [...]

    15. Imagine my delight when I discovered this book was written by a foreigner who was very familiar with the area. You can tell she did a lot of research in that area during an era between 1911 through 1919. Okay you guys know I'm not a sucker for romance. There is romance in it however it was portrayed differently than most romance novel that involved nitty gritty details which I hate. Basically it dealt with lifeShe described the buildings, the eras, the changes, strife, hunger, fear, hope, faith, [...]

    16. Ohhh goood, I remember hating this book the first time I've started reading it!See, when I was younger, I used to have a bad habit of going to the back of the book just to see if the main character survives.*Spoiler alert* my favourite Jewish rebel doesn't. He gives up his life so Inna and her beloved Horace can safely escape. Yes, call me hot headed, but I would rather die in the fire for love than escape to safety at the cost of love. But later, I've grown to understand Inna's choices. She had [...]

    17. I suppose this book was written well by the author, but the reason I marked it 3 out of 5 stars is because I didn't like the plot all that much. Not to get into spoilers, but I did not like the love triangle between Inna and her husband, Horace, and her lover, Yasha. Horace was a wonderful husband and did nothing but to love Inna, and it wasn't until it was almost too late before Inna finally realized who was the man she really loved. It's a shame because I love reading books that are set in Rus [...]

    18. Midnight in St. Petersburg was a bit slow at first, but once the pace started to pick up (and the Inna-Yasha-Horace love triangle came into the picture), the story sucked me in. My only complaint is that for someone with only basic knowledge of the Russian Revolution, many of the events and characters were confusing. It would have been great to have the historical events explained more. All in all, a beautiful book with surprising depth and a satisfying ending.

    19. Mystery, suspense, survival, and love with historical elements.I won an advanced uncorrected proof copy of this book during a giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am donating it to a senior assisted living facility.

    20. I found this to be a tedious and hard to follow novel. I was more interested in the violin apprenticeship and life in Russia than the revolution. The characters were all flat and did not catch my interest.

    21. The story itself wasn't bad, but the writing kept it from being compelling. At least it was a pretty fast read

    22. This is a story of love and politics set in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Russia. The characters and plot, which I didn't find compelling, take a second seat to the setting. Bennett takes us into the daily life of the characters during this tumultuous time. Rasputin and Lenin become real people as they ascend to positions of power influence and power. While I didn't connect with the characters, I enjoyed the historical setting of this novel.

    23. RATING: 3.0 STARSTaking place in 1911 St. Petersburg, Russia and following the narrator Inna Feldman who is on the run from the pogroms from the south. She moves to St. Petersburg where she has distant relatives and is instantly welcomed by the Leman family. It is here she also gets a job as an apprentice at a violin-making workshop. All seems to be going right, but revolution is brewing. I was kindly sent this book by Thomas Dunne Books, which is a division of St. Martin’s Press, in exchange [...]

    24. Midnight In St Petersburg fiction story is based on a personal story, of the author Vanora Bennett. It was Vanora's great-uncle that worked for Faberge before the Russian Revolution and he fled to England as the Revolution took hold. I like the fact that it releases the story into a historical novel. The whole novel has impressive words that just seem to flow on each page. It is without no question a heart tugging story not to be missed. The story is set in St Petersburg during the Russian Revol [...]

    25. Midnight In St Petersburg by Vanora BennettThis was a random bargain bin two for the price of one find that looked like it might be up my street. It turned out to be totally up my street as it’s a brilliant novelisation of the life of one of Vanora’s ancestors Horace Wallick who was one of the miniaturist’s who worked for Faberge in St Petersburg in the early years of the 20th Century.Now the story interweaves his life as a bon viveur with that of Inna a poor orphan girl whose family was k [...]

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