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Publisher's Summary

In the wake of the Russian Revolution, a determined young woman breaks with her past to become a spy in 1920s Paris, where shadowy intrigues and a dangerous romance put her loyalty to the test.

In the spring of 1914, Nadia Shulkina, the daughter of Russian aristocrats, looks toward a bright future. She has no premonitions of war, let alone the revolution that is about to destroy her comfortable world.

Her once-noble family is stripped of every possession, and more terrible losses soon follow. To save what's left of her family and future, Nadia marries a zealous Bolshevik in an act of calculated reinvention.

It won't be her last.

When she agrees to work undercover for the Soviets in 1920s Paris, Nadia is drawn into a beautiful yet treacherous world of secrets and deceit. Beset by conflicting loyalties and tested by a forbidden love affair, she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that ends with a shocking murder. What chances will she take to determine her own fate?

©2020 Elizabeth Blackwell (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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One of the best books I’ve listened to all year

Wow. I learned so much about the 1917 Russian revolution and its effect on the so called common people This is a great book for our little young adult social justice warriors protesting their plight as American citizens Socialism/communist seems a great system IF you are on top of the heap. If you aren’t you are hungry jobless penniless and you watch you loved ones diminish before your very eyes . Talk about a caste system. Even Americans poorest people don’t live like most of the people ;after the ‘’freedom”of the revolution The author captured the essence of life under communism if you are just a regular citizen or almost royalty. I enjoyed every aspect of this book and will read of her books

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Couldn’t put down

I don’t write reviews very often but this book had me engaged from the start. I laughed I cried and loved the ending. I also felt I learned some history. The narrator was FABULOUS!!!! Definitely worth the credit.

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Enjoyable Historical Fiction

Engaging story. Well written. Missing a little bit of character development, but otherwise a good story and well narrated.

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Wonderful

The story kept my attention the whole way through. The description of the bolshevik revolution was very interesting. Just fascinating. The narration was superb. Didn't take me out of the story at all, which can be a problem on occasion. Perfect tone.

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Gripping

The Red Mistress begins her tale with a gripping revelation and relentlessly marches forward to reveal a life of full of twists and turns. Excellent escape, page turning tension, voiced by a superb narrator.

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Russian History

I enjoyed the story. I love historical novels and it has been a long while since I read one about the Russian revolution. Strong main character and satisfying ending.

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okay read

it started with a lot of potential but the author could have done more. gone into more details and the ending is very fairy tale. anyway we all need a happy ending.

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Great Read start to finish

Engaging storyline, likable characters and an interesting piece of history. It wasn’t how I expected it to finish but I loved the ride

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This is a fun great spy novel. I loved how the author brought to life the story set during the Russian revolution. If you're interested in reading a good spy and romance novel then this book is for you.

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Not a Spy Story

The cover, name and synopsis would lead you to believe this was an exciting Spy Story. It's not. The female lead is barely a Spy and lacks any agency, competency or skill. Her motivations are poorly drawn and the plot is predictable and boring. The historical setting was the only saving grace. The narrator had a strange accent (mostly Britsh but with some jarring Ametcsn pronounciations)