Title: The Lost Season of Love and Snow
Author: Jennifer Laam
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: January 2, 2018 (Today!)
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "At the age of sixteen,
Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious.
But while she finds joy in French translations and a history of Russian
poetry, her family is more concerned with her marriage prospects. It is
only fitting that during the Christmas of 1828 at her first public ball
in her hometown of Moscow she attracts the romantic attention of
Russia’s most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin.
first sight, Natalya is already a devoted reader of Alexander’s
serialized novel in verse, Evgeny Onegin. The most recently published
chapter ends in a duel, and she is dying to learn what happens next.
Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander’s intensity and joie de
vivre, Natalya hopes to see him again as soon as possible.
follows is a courtship and later marriage full of equal parts passion
and domestic bliss but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court
gossip leads to Alexander dying from injuries earned defending his honor
as well as Natalya’s in a duel, Natalya finds herself reviled for her
alleged role in his death."
My Two Cents:
Lost Season of Love and Snow" is the story of Natalya, the wife of
famous Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. While I have not read anything
by Pushkin (after reading this book, I might need to change that), I was
familiar with some of the details of his life to include his untimely
end. I was not familiar with his wife and the impact that she had on his
life so I was looking forward to hearing her side of the story through
this book and I was certainly not disappointed!
Come to find out,
Natalya is yet another example of a woman who was maligned by those who
either felt wronged by her or perhaps were jealous of her. Alexander
was a hot commodity already by the time Natalya meets him. He was
already published and very well-known throughout Russia when he falls
for Natalya. She very quickly becomes the envy of Russia as she takes
Alexander off the market. Their romance was anything but clear cut.
Alexander has his dalliances and Natalya is relentlessly pursued by a
man who could upend the Pushkin family's lives with one move: the Czar
of Imperial Russia. I loved having a front row seat for all of this
I have loved this author's other books. I am fascinated
with Russia and I love the way that Laam has brought the time periods
that she has chosen to write about to life. She does a great job of
bringing Natalya and Alexander to life. I loved how she was able to
create their movements in and out of Russian high society as they seem
to follow Alexander's whims from wanting to be a man about town to
acting (and sometimes not acting!) the part of the struggling artist.
Overall, this was a good read and I am looking forward to reading more by Laam in the future!