The first book to be featured is actually the book that inspired the idea.
July 30, 2013
A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.
Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?
As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?
I'm really excited about this. I adore reading books that are either set in another country or have foreign characters. Russia is one that I haven't read much of but I have always wanted to. Here Ms. Standiford has given me that oppurtunity and I'm going to reap it for all it's worth!
I also really love the concept. It's contemporary but it doesn't have the usual feeling of a contemporary; it's different. It looks so much more exciting especially with the forbidden aspect. I've never read something like this. I hear a lot about people who will marry others just to gain access to a different country but the subject doesn't get explored in YA.
I'm intrigued to see, how Standiford is going to spin this tale. I'm super excited to read about some Russian architecture and feel as though I'm walking down the streets of St.Petersburgh/Leningrad.
Yes, I think I'm overly excited!