I loved introducing Kira Belova, who introduces us in turn to the mysterious Russian buyer of the diamonds that we've heard mentioned since book 1. Well let me just tell you, Andrei Varrenikov is quite the piece of work. And Kira is his mistress (though we never see them in any such situations, don't worry!). Once the prima ballerina with the famous Ballet Russe, a knee injury has left her broken and desperate to cling to the life she'd worked for. Willing to do anything to keep her pretty Parisian flat and the facade of wealth she'd gained through Andrei.
Even spy for him. Even though it means posing as a maid--a servant's position her family had worked generations to escape from.
Through Kira, we get a glimpse into Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution. A hint of a very different culture than the English one we've otherwise seen. And, I hope, a few surprises. =) It's also thanks to Kira that we get the 3 scenes in the book set somewhere other than the Cotswolds--PARIS!
Photo of the Eiffel Tower taken by my daughter, by the way. And we crossed right over the Place d'Iena and saw signs for the Guimet, the museum mentioned there! How cool is that?!
Now. Today begins the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for A Lady Unrivaled, which means lots of chances to get some opinions about the book and enter my giveaway that's exclusively for Celebrate Lit!
Included in this giveaway is a tin of tea from England. But not just from England. From HRH Prince Charles's Highgrove Shop--a shop attached to his Cotswold estate, where he's an avid organic farmer/gardener. (All proceeds from the store go to a charity.) So this isn't just any tea, this is prince-approved tea. ;-)
Here's the Celebrate Lit line up!
September 22: 100 pages per hour
September 22: Smiling Book Reviews
September 23: Book by Book
September 23: Bibliophile Reviews
September 24: bigreadersite
September 24: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 25: The Power of Words
September 25: Pause for Tales
September 26: Reading Is My SuperPower
September 26: Faithfully Bookish
September 27: History, Mystery and Faith
September 27: Back Porch Reads
September 28: cherylbbookblog
September 28: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
September 29: Blossoms and Blessings
September 29: Heidi Reads…
September 30: The Scribbler
September 30: Karen’s Krayons
October 1: Singing Librarian Books
October 1: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses
October 2: Simple Harvest Reads
October 3: Colonial Quills
October 3: History, Hope, Laughter & Happily-ever-after
October 3: Blogging With Carol
October 4: Reader’s cozy corner
October 4: A Baker’s Perspective
October 5: Books and Beverages
October 5: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations