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The Amber Keeper

By Freda Lightfoot

 

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Hello. Just stopping in to let you know about another wonderful book. I hope that you are having a great day!

This is another great book I received from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was published in 2014 by Lake Union Publishing. It is 384 pages long.

After her mother’s suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child—and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy.

Determined to uncover her mother’s past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

As Abbie struggles to reconcile with her family, and to support herself and her child, she realizes that those long-ago events created aftershocks that threaten to upset the fragile peace she longs to create.

Set against the backdrops of the English Lake District in the 1960s and the upheavals of revolutionary Russia,The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Here we have two tales interwoven. Abbie’s story in the present and her grandmother’s story in the past. The transitions back and forth are smooth as we discover her grandmother’s secrets and find out who her mother really was. The book is full of intrigue and mysteries. The characters are real and believable and the story line is a good one and kept my interest. I was taken with this book from the start. The writer has a nice writing style and the story flows along. It has enough action to keep you engrossed. The whole book is interesting, but the ending is the best part. We have here two very strong women in two different time periods. I give this one a 5 out of 5.

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