I received this book for free through Bookstr’s (formerly The Reading Room) giveaways.
I liked this but I wasn’t in love with it. I really liked the historical aspects of it. It was fun learning more about Catherine the Great since I knew very little about her. The way her story was told reminded me of how Mary Queen of Scots’s story was told on the show Reign.
The present day story, on the other hand, was good but it wasn’t satisfactory. It was missing that spark to make it truly remarkable. One thing I did like about the present day story was how it touched upon the immigrant experience.
Overall, I thought this was a solid book especially if you are interested in learning more about Russian history.