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“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak – review


If you enjoy historical fiction that is long, detailed, researched and written in such a way as to make the reader savour each and every word, then THE WINTER PALACE is the book for you.

For me, it wasn’t a quick read – but that’s not to say it was boring.  It was anything but.  The story is a long one and deserves the time it takes to finish.  It’s full of lovely period components that give you a sense of being in the midst of the Russian court.  It really takes you on a wonderful journey and drops you right in the thick of things.  You might not ever want to come home!

Giving life to historical figures isn’t something to be taken lightly and Eva Stachniak definitely gives Catherine the Great the respect she deserves.   Watching her evolve is a wonderful thing.  I didn’t have much previous knowledge  about Russian history while reading this, but I’m definitely intrigued now.  I can only hope that the next book I read will be as good as thing one.

Tomorrow I will be hosting Eva and will also have a giveaway!  See you then 🙂


7 thoughts on “The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak – review

  1. You’re right, watching Catherine the Great evolve was a lovely thing. We’re so glad that you enjoyed your Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction book!

  2. I have this on hold at the library 🙂 I understand what you mean about it being a long read but not boring. It’s one of those “epic” reads 🙂 can’t wait to get my hands on it! nice review!

  3. I have always had an interest in Catherine the Great so I do believe I will enjoy this novel immensely. My own family history involves Mennonites who Catherine the Great had invited to seek refuge from religious persecution in the Ukraine as they being Dutch were masters at making marsh lands into useable farm land which is what the are of the Ukraine the settled was full of. It wasn’t until the mid 1800’s when the agreement between the Russian Government and these Mennonites broke down and the government started to expect them to serve in the military which Catherine had said they wouldn’t be expected to do. So in 1874 there was a mass migration of Mennonites from the Ukraine to the USA.

  4. I can’t wait to read this one!

  5. This book has been on my wishlist ever since I heard about it. I’m really interested with the setting. A few of my all-time favorite stories is set in worn-torn Russia so I’m excited to find a new story to look forward to especially since it takes a look at its court, which is new to me. I agree, stories that are well-researched aren’t the quickest read but that’s because I’m absorbing everything in a good way.

  6. Thanks for the review. Good historical fiction takes time to absorb, which makes it all the more interesting. Looking forward to reading this.

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