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The Lost Season of Love and Snow

The Lost Season of Love and Snow

Jennifer Laam

St. Martin's Griffin

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The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin’s beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg.

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.

Enchanted at 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.

What 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. With beautiful writing and understanding, Jennifer Laam, and her compelling new novel, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, help Natalya tell her side of the story—the story of her greatest love and her inner struggle to create a fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a glamorous imperial Court.

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"Laam has not only created a captivating tale, but has wovena delicate and resonant fabric from the timeless threads of love and loyalty,betrayal and redemption." —Pam Jenoff, international bestselling author of The Ambassador's Daughter on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"Well-researched, clever, and compelling, this promisingdebut novel will stand out at a time when the popularity of historical novelsseems at an all-time high. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is...peopledwith well-motivated, well-drawn, characters. The clear prose and livelydialogue impel the reader forward. The suspenseful and complex plot leads to agraceful, but startling resolution. Jennifer Laam is an emerging novelist towatch." —Roberta Rich, international bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice on The Secret Daughter ofthe Tsar

"The Secret Daughter of the Tsar weaves a lively tale that takes the reader backthrough the shadowy mysteries that still surround the murders of the doomedimperial family of Russia... Laam [tells] her story with verve andimagination." - Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

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About the author

Jennifer Laam

JENNIFER LAAM is the author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and The Tsarina’s Legacy. She earned her master’s degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California.

Jennifer Laam

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