By Gloria Whelan

In the autumn of 1914, secure in the back of palace partitions, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a paranormal place.

The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal family members appears like her personal. yet open air the palace, a bad warfare is sweeping via Europe, and Russia is starting to fall apart less than the burden of a becoming revolution. Now, as Katya′s once-certain destiny starts off to dissolve, she needs to search to appreciate what's occurring to her cherished nation and, for the 1st time in her existence, take cost of her personal future.

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I could not imagine the tall regal Empress crying. ” She shook her head. “There is no medicine. The doctors can’t do anything. ” I remembered Mama’s disgust when she mentioned his name. Stana nodded. “Yes, the holy peasant. Mama and Papa call him Father Grigory, but he is nothing like a priest. When he fixes his eyes on Alexei, and speaks to him in a soothing voice, Alexei gets better. I don’t like Rasputin. He is like a dog we once had that groveled when Papa or Mama was there but bit you when no one was looking.

Misha put his hand over my mouth and dragged me away. When we had put several blocks between us and the women, Misha paused so that we could catch our breath. ” Misha’s face became white. I saw that my question 55 infuriated him. “Because I had you with me. ” “You could have told me to run. ” “They listen to no one. And you are not the one to tell me what I must do. You are a useless, spoiled child, a lapdog to amuse the Tsar’s daughters. You’ll fritter away your days in a palace while the citizens of St.

The sun had broken through the clouds, and the day was hotter than ever. My blouse clung damply to my arms and chest. I was grateful to escape into our cool, high-ceilinged mansion. 56 Once we were inside, Misha stomped up the stairs to his room. I trailed up the stairway behind him, wandering through Mama’s bedroom and into her sitting room. The sitting room, with its pale-yellow walls decorated with a border of painted flowers, was my favorite room. The windows opened out onto a balcony that overlooked the Nevsky Prospekt.

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