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Two women, centuries apart, and the secrets that bind them
Melody, a young single mother, discovers she’s descended from the last Tsar, Nicholas II. She becomes the best hope of a secret global society, Guardians of the Romanov Legacy, dedicated to restoring a Romanov to the throne of a New Russia. A diary and an heirloom necklace inherited from her murdered grandmother hold the key to her identity and to the location of the Tsar’s lost shipment of gold.
She must accept the sacrifices her birth demands and trust the machinations of the estranged father of her child. To refuse means turning her back on her heritage, her daughter’s legacy, and the long line of her family’s women who were keepers of the secret. Will her longing for true love have world-changing consequences?
Read an Excerpt
Melody Segal discovered the dazzling antique diamond-and-emerald-encrusted necklace nestled in a weathered, powder-blue velvet jewelry box not long after her grandmother’s murder. The treasure flashed bolts of light within the confines of Nana’s eerie bank vault. Wafts of scents, sounds, and sights drifted into Melody’s consciousness, conjuring enchanting visions of winter white, the icy feel of snowflakes, the jingle jangle of sleigh bells, the woodsy smell of Siberian pines.
Why had she never seen this gleaming heirloom before? Or known about it? The attorney handling Nana’s estate had presented her with the key to the safe deposit box where the jewels had been stored for who knows how long. Not long enough to lose their luster. The box yielded not only the necklace but an unfamiliar diary. She flipped through the book, written in Russian, and pulled out a translated copy in Nana’s hand. But Nana didn’t know Russian. In fact, she hated all things Russian. She once joked that the closest she ever got to Russia was St. Petersburg when she went to visit her best friend Bessie at her beach condo in Florida.
What other secrets had her grandmother been hiding?
I knew it, I knew it. I was never satisfied with the ending of the Romanovs during the Revolution. You see, I’m Ukrainian (1/4) and according to my grandmother, a Cossack descandent. She never wanted to talk about it because to her it was ugly and she was ashamed, for some reason, of our heritage. But I wasn’t. I had to read about it and study it, just like Melody.
This book was interesting from the first page to the last. I was enthralled and honestly read it in one sitting. There’s intrigue, mystery, a little bit of suspense and maybe some romantic elements but this is not a true romance book. It doesn’t need it. The two stories that are intertwined together are proof enough that you don’t need a true romance to write a great book. Ms. Baron does a great job of keeping you interested that you just have to keep reading to see where the mystery leads you and how everything plays out.
Melody is a great character. She’s strong, smart and doesn’t back down when it seems like she’s in a corner. Her moral compass stears her straight and she just wants what’s best for her and her daughter. I’m very happy with Nicolai, too. I could see why he wanted Melody but in the end, it would have never worked. Like Melody said, he was too interested in the political side of things to truly be with her.
I just loved how the story flowed. You get two great stories about two very strong woman and how they shaped history. Our how Ms. Baron sees it. The Romanovs are real people, the history behind them is real but are there descandents out there that no one knows about? Are the Guardians real and how do they play into the history of the Romanovs. I’m hoping one day that we will find out. Because, again, I’m not satisfied with their ending. Maybe Ms. Baron knows something that we don’t.
Again, this book is interesting and pulls you in from the start. It’s one of my favorite books of the year. I plan on reading more from Ms. Baron.
About the Author:
Marilyn decided to become a writer when she read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her first short story was The Gold Lace Dress. She wrote her first book, East West Island, in grade school. It featured all of the children in her third-grade class and her teacher read it to the students in installments during class every day. She wrote and directed her first play at age 13, starring her brother and sisters and some of the neighborhood kids. The show raised money for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Marilyn is a public relations consultant in Atlanta, a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She is also a member of Atlanta Writers Club. Marilyn was past chair of the Roswell Reads steering committee and serves on the Atlanta Authors committee. She writes in a variety of genres from humorous women’s fiction, historical romantic thrillers, romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. She loves to travel and often sets books in places she’s visited.
She was born in Miami, Florida, and graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Public Relations) and a Minor in English (Creative Writing). Go Gators! She lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband, and she spends a lot of time hovering over her two wonderful daughters.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Baron/e/B008PJFQPC%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share