Countess Of The Revolution is historical fiction set in Russia around 1917.
The story opens in Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg). Countess Sophia Orlova and her family are caught up in the revolution, trapped and then imprisoned in their home by drunken soldiers; they fear for their lives.
They are saved from execution by her husband’s estranged brother, Nikolai. Sophia sets up a hospital ward in their home for injured soldiers; however, her idea causes conflict with her husband, who refuses to relinquish his old societal beliefs.
Eventually it is too dangerous to stay in the city and they get permits to leave, but the conflict follows them.
This is a story set during one of the great upheavals in Russian history and the horrors of the war are described well. I did however, struggle to believe in Sophia, as she ping-ponged between a helpless countess who hid in her bed and an overworked dedicated nurse; I couldn’t quite picture her capable of both.
Overall, an interesting piece of historical fiction, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
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Petrograd is on the eve of revolution. For Countess Sophia Orlova, the city of her childhood – the only home she has ever known – has become her deadly enemy. The mob are ready to get rid of anyone connected to the old regime, including Sophia.
When rebels threaten to shoot Sophia and her husband, they are saved by Nikolai, a fervent supporter of the revolution. Determined to help Nikolai’s cause, Sophia sets up a hospital wing in the house, nursing injured victims by his side.
Her kindness has captured Nikolai’s heart, but their burgeoning romance is forbidden. With battle lines drawn between the new and the old, both their lives are in danger…
Will their love be strong enough to overcome the horrors of war?