Summary and reviews of Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora BennettRate this book. Faberge jewels, the mysterious Rasputin, and a priceless violin: Each play a part in one young woman's fight for survival, and for love, in revolutionary Russia. Petersburg, Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia's capital. Welcomed by the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. She feels instantly at home in their bohemian circle, 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 devoted to revolution; Horace Wallick, an Englishman who makes precious Faberge creations, is older and promises security and respectability.
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Book review: Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett
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Bennett found inspiration in her own great uncle, Horace Wallick, who lived through the Russian Revolution in St Petersburg for this exciting, vivid and sumptuously romantic epic featuring a young Jewish woman fighting for survival in a country torn apart by violence and anarchy. After witnessing the murder of Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin in a Kiev theatre and fearing another pogrom against the Jewish population, orphan Inna Feldman flees to St Petersburg to take refuge with distant relative Yasha Kagar.
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Thank you! Jews are not allowed to leave the south of Russia. On the train, she meets a kind peasant, Father Grigory, and a Romany palm-reader who tells her that her lifeline is short. She finds shelter with the Lemans, a family of luthiers, who also house and employ her cousin Yasha. In hopes of arranging permanent documents, she visits Father Grigory, who is being lionized in his humble apartment by a group of aristocrats, mostly women. However, her stage fright, and blossoming affair with Yasha, soon derails her ambitions.
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