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  • 289 pages
  • Red Mistress
  • Elizabeth Blackwell
  • 06 March 2018

10 thoughts on “Red Mistress

  1. says:

    Espionage, secrets, lies, deceit, reinvention Whatcan a young woman want than to take part in the action especially knowing she lost nearly everything her and her family possessed.Nadia marries a Bolshevik in hopes of saving her family and her future but has no idea the despair that may lie ahead with the Russian Revolution and the uncertainty aftermath.What s known is that her life is about to change, with an affair or two, with a pregnancy, with requests for new identifications from Espionage, secrets, lies, deceit, reinvention Whatcan a young woman want than to take part in the action especially knowing she lost nearly everything her and her family possessed.Nadia marries a Bolshevik in hopes of saving her family and her future but has no idea the despair that may lie ahead with the Russian Revolution and the uncertainty aftermath.What s known is that her life is about to change, with an affair or two, with a pregnancy, with requests for new identifications from a man whom she s come to know and love.The way this was interwoven, the historical significance, these vivid and exciting characters that drew you in to their world, the ever thickening and electric plot it was all superb Thank you to Elizabeth, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review


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    It s no secret I love history and historical fiction, but Russia and the Soviet Union have never been one of those areas that I have an interest in I do, however, also love spy novels, so I thought I d give The Red Mistress a try Wow, I was not disappointed From the first page, Ms Blackwell s writing had me hook, line, and sinker.The story revolves around Nadia, the daughter of a Russian Aristocratic family She is a young teenager when the revolution begins and her world is upended and she q It s no secret I love history and historical fiction, but Russia and the Soviet Union have never been one of those areas that I have an interest in I do, however, also love spy novels, so I thought I d give The Red Mistress a try Wow, I was not disappointed From the first page, Ms Blackwell s writing had me hook, line, and sinker.The story revolves around Nadia, the daughter of a Russian Aristocratic family She is a young teenager when the revolution begins and her world is upended and she quickly has to learn how to survive in the new Soviet Russia She soon finds herself married to an influential member of the party, but she knows she can t trust anyone, let alone her husband He then sends her to France to use her language skills as an interpreter n e spy at the embassy and she she finds herself embroiled in a plot to overthrow the Bolsheviks Or is it Who can she trust Who is following her Along the way she meets Lee, a British socialist with whom she has an affair But is he spying on her too And then the story gets good No kidding, the plot twists just kept going This was one of those books I couldn t put down If you like historical fiction, Soviet or Russian era stories, or spy novels, although there really isn t that much spy craft, just the underlying theme, this is a great read Perfect for the beach or a lazy Sunday.Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for an ARC in return for an honest review


  3. says:

    Over the past few years, I ve become a fan of historical fiction and while most books seem to focus on WW1 or WW2, Red Mistress takes us on a journey through the Russian Revolution My ancestors are Russian, which made this story all thepoignant.The story centers on Nadia, a young girl born into Russia s aristocracy Through a series of events during the Bolshevik Revolution, Nadia is forced to make a life altering decision to save herself and her family and in turn, finds a way to reinven Over the past few years, I ve become a fan of historical fiction and while most books seem to focus on WW1 or WW2, Red Mistress takes us on a journey through the Russian Revolution My ancestors are Russian, which made this story all thepoignant.The story centers on Nadia, a young girl born into Russia s aristocracy Through a series of events during the Bolshevik Revolution, Nadia is forced to make a life altering decision to save herself and her family and in turn, finds a way to reinvent herself.Red Mistress is well written with fully developed characters and storytelling that creates excellent visuals of Russia, Paris, and England It s a story full of love and loss, trust and deceit, hope and defeat, all sprinkled with a little espionage Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC


  4. says:

    3.75 starsOkay, I really enjoyed this book I really did But I think the main problem was I had expected way too much after reading the synopsis Red Mistress was actually one of my 5 star predictions, so guys, you get the height of my expectations Anyway, I will delve deeper into what caused me to rate the book low, but first I would like to talk about what I loved in this book.What I loved 1 I really enjoy books that talk about how people were effected by war revolution, both during it and 3.75 starsOkay, I really enjoyed this book I really did But I think the main problem was I had expected way too much after reading the synopsis Red Mistress was actually one of my 5 star predictions, so guys, you get the height of my expectations Anyway, I will delve deeper into what caused me to rate the book low, but first I would like to talk about what I loved in this book.What I loved 1 I really enjoy books that talk about how people were effected by war revolution, both during it and in it s aftermath And this Elizabeth Blackwell did really well In Red Mistress we follow Nadia, daughter of Russian aristocrat, through her eyes we see how the Russian revolution affected her and her family and also other people I really enjoyed these parts It was like I was in Russia during this time experiencing every thing first hand 2 Even though I saw quite a few twists coming, but there were some twists that quite surprised me If you know me, you know how much I love surprising twists So this was another thing I loved about Red Mistress.3 If you had asked me to give you one reason why I really enjoyed this book, I would have said because I was able to follow Nadia s journey through different stages of her life The war, the Russian Revolution, her marriage, the love affair, her working as spy I really enjoyed this, because it was written in first POV, so we get to experience everything that she experienced, her emotions, her thoughts, her thoughts about other people she met during this process, everything This is something I really look for in books, especially historical fics and women s fics, following along a person s journey.4 Finally the last reason why I loved this book I loved the love story I am not going to elaborate on this point, because I am sure, I will give massive spoilers, so I will leave it at that, I loved the love story So, what went wrong 1 Okay, as I had mentioned before this was one of my 5 star predictions So I had expected a lot, a lot from it When I read the synopsis, I thought Red Mistress is going to be a spy thriller, with a lot of suspense, action and thrill But it didn t turn out like that Red Mistress read like a women s fiction that has historical aspect It did have some twists and turns and also suspense, but in no universe can I categorize this book as a spy thriller Don t get me wrong, this doesn t mean this was a bad book, it just means it didn t live up to what I expected from the synopsis If I hadn t had those expectations, this book would have been a much better read.2 I agree that some of the twists were quite surprising, but the main twist, I saw that one coming from miles away Okay, let me be honest, if this twist had not been the way it had been in this book, I would have been devastated, because I wanted it to happen this way with all my heart, but I would have given this book atleast 4 stars if it hadn t happened this way This was another issue I had with this book Overall I really enjoyed Red Mistress and I highly recommend it even if it didn t quite live upto my expectations If you are someone who loves women fiction set during the war revolution time, then I think you will really enjoy this book


  5. says:

    Before the Russian revolution, Nadia Shulkina and her family led a life of privilege, with a country estate and a home in Saint Petersburg Nadia was taught by an English governess and adored her older brother Vasily With the rise of the Bolsheviks her father was murdered, their estate and home were confiscated and she became a former person With her new status she was not entitled to a food ration card and survived by becoming a cleaner in her former home Nadia takes on a number of jobs as Before the Russian revolution, Nadia Shulkina and her family led a life of privilege, with a country estate and a home in Saint Petersburg Nadia was taught by an English governess and adored her older brother Vasily With the rise of the Bolsheviks her father was murdered, their estate and home were confiscated and she became a former person With her new status she was not entitled to a food ration card and survived by becoming a cleaner in her former home Nadia takes on a number of jobs as she re invents herself Caretaker for her mother, illustrator for a publication and provider for her surviving family, she does what she must to survive, even marrying Alex Semetov, an influential member of state security Under his direction she becomes a spy As Marie Duval she travels to Paris to make contact with Russian exiles and find evidence of plots against the Bolsheviks It is this assignment that gives her a taste of freedom and a chance to find love Everything is jeopardized when a murder is committed and she is exposed.Elizabeth Blackwell takes you from the ballrooms of Saint Petersburg to the revolts and destruction of a way of life Nadia grows from a young teen to a resourceful woman who must consider her every word and action to survive The writing makes it easy to visualize the Russian countryside and the streets of Paris, making Red Mistress a story that is easy to recommend I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing this book for my review


  6. says:

    A will to survive I apologize for being late with this review I needed another few days to finish it and I m glad I did What a great book I loved the suspense and history I ve always been interested in Russian history I loved the fact that the main character is an aristocracy from a noble family trying to survive after the Russian Revolution We meet Nadia shulkina, she is the said Russian Aristocrat who survives by becoming a maid in her own house when it is turned to a dorm for nurses A will to survive I apologize for being late with this review I needed another few days to finish it and I m glad I did What a great book I loved the suspense and history I ve always been interested in Russian history I loved the fact that the main character is an aristocracy from a noble family trying to survive after the Russian Revolution We meet Nadia shulkina, she is the said Russian Aristocrat who survives by becoming a maid in her own house when it is turned to a dorm for nurses Nadia escapes that life by marrying her uncle s good friend She leaves that marriage and marries a political party member, an artist, a translater, and then lastly a spy where she is gets involved in political intrigue and espionage This book is a portrait of how the Revolution affected the rich and how they survived I really enjoyed reading this book It was well written keeping my interest The action did begin to slow down a little in the middle only to quickly get back to the story I like the characters Nadia was truly a survivor who never fave up I admired her for that This is the first book I ve read by this author and will not be last I will be looking forby this author in the future Lol I received a complimentary copy of this title from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review


  7. says:

    Red Mistress by Elizabeth Blackwell is an enjoyable historical fiction that encompasses the rise the rise and events of the Russian Revolution, and the immediate years thereafter.This story is about Nadia whom was a part of the Russian royals aristocracy during the time of this upheaval Many were arrested and executed A few were able to flee to other countries, where their lives were drastically altered and became impoverished Others were lucky enough to find family, friends, or trades that a Red Mistress by Elizabeth Blackwell is an enjoyable historical fiction that encompasses the rise the rise and events of the Russian Revolution, and the immediate years thereafter.This story is about Nadia whom was a part of the Russian royals aristocracy during the time of this upheaval Many were arrested and executed A few were able to flee to other countries, where their lives were drastically altered and became impoverished Others were lucky enough to find family, friends, or trades that allowed them to survive Nadia was able to marry and involve herself with the Bolsheviks and then later became a spy of sorts in France Mystery, suspense, intrigue, and also surprisingly, love romance are all themes that are incorporated into this entertaining and enjoyable HF I enjoyed the plot time frame, the character cast, and also the ending I also enjoyed the author s note on what was real vs fiction 4 5 starsThank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR account immediately and will post it to myand BN accounts upon publication 3 13 2020 No option of posting on Bookbub as of today


  8. says:

    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When I initially chose Red Mistress, I was anticipating a solid espionage story set in early 1900s Russia to vary up my string of historical fiction reads What I ended up reading was muchThe story follows Nadia Shulkina across several decades where author, Elizabeth Blackwell, effectively portrays Nadia s character growth throughout the years We first learn about Nadia s noble Russian family, the Shulkins, from he I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When I initially chose Red Mistress, I was anticipating a solid espionage story set in early 1900s Russia to vary up my string of historical fiction reads What I ended up reading was muchThe story follows Nadia Shulkina across several decades where author, Elizabeth Blackwell, effectively portrays Nadia s character growth throughout the years We first learn about Nadia s noble Russian family, the Shulkins, from her perspective as a child and progress through their challenges and losses throughout and after the main events of the Russian Revolution.The book blurb gave me the perception that this story would beof an espionage thriller, but I honestly enjoyed the parts that demonstrated the Shulkin family dynamics and character growth Nadia went through best I also enjoyed learningabout the Russian Revolution and, judging by the author s note, the portrayals of what life was like trying to survive during that time My few criticisms come as I felt I was being told versus showed throughout the book and I could have done without the romantic relationship, though I know it was a key piece of how the story concludes for Nadia


  9. says:

    I loved this book It s great historical fiction, taking place during the Russian Revolution and into the early 1930 s Nadia Shulkin s nice but not overly wealthy life is upended when the peasants revolt and her entire life goes away family, home, belongings, everything She doesn t even get a ration card, as she is regarded as a former person But Nadia is tough and she works hard to survive, and not become a casualty Then she becomes a somewhat unwilling spy, sent to England to root out I loved this book It s great historical fiction, taking place during the Russian Revolution and into the early 1930 s Nadia Shulkin s nice but not overly wealthy life is upended when the peasants revolt and her entire life goes away family, home, belongings, everything She doesn t even get a ration card, as she is regarded as a former person But Nadia is tough and she works hard to survive, and not become a casualty Then she becomes a somewhat unwilling spy, sent to England to root out possible enemies who might support the overthrow of the Russian government While there she meets someone from her past and has to figure out how to fufill her mission and keep the little family she has left alive Red Mistress is a great book, and Nadia Shulkin is a multidimensional character who takes us with her on her life s journey From her days in Russia, then France, and ultimately back to Russia we feel her pain, her inner conflict I love historical fiction but it seems that much of the recent books are set during World War II it was a pleasure read Red Mistress, in a different time and place Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union for an early reader copy, I really enjoyed it


  10. says:

    This is a well written story that kept my attention to the end With just a little bit of intrigue woven throughout, the story will carry you through a troubled era of Russian history When the Tsar of Russia is disposed of, anyone connect to the royal family becomes a target Then begin the wars, the starvation, desolation, andacross the land Communism takes hold and there are worries about Germany s Hitler Life for Nadia Shulkin changes in hours, several times in her life Raised in a This is a well written story that kept my attention to the end With just a little bit of intrigue woven throughout, the story will carry you through a troubled era of Russian history When the Tsar of Russia is disposed of, anyone connect to the royal family becomes a target Then begin the wars, the starvation, desolation, andacross the land Communism takes hold and there are worries about Germany s Hitler Life for Nadia Shulkin changes in hours, several times in her life Raised in a comfortable home, treated as a slave, losing both parents, marrying to help her brother, being sent to Paris as a spy, an affair, eventual imprisonment, and finally a new chance, Nadia has lived it all.This is an excellent, well round look at a struggling Russia and the author does a good job of using different characters to portray different view points.As I read this book, I was reminded of how quickly countries can change And even though we wish future generations would take the past seriously, instead, history tends to repeat itself


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Red MistressIn The Wake Of The Russian Revolution, A Determined Young Woman Breaks With Her Past To Become A Spy In S Paris, Where Shadowy Intrigues And A Dangerous Romance Put Her Loyalty To The TestIn The Spring Of , Nadia Shulkina, The Daughter Of Russian Aristocrats, Looks Toward A Bright Future She Has No Premonitions Of War, Let Alone The Revolution That Is About To Destroy Her Comfortable WorldHer Once Noble Family Is Stripped Of Every Possession, And Terrible Losses Soon Follow To Save What S Left Of Her Family And Future, Nadia Marries A Zealous Bolshevik In An Act Of Calculated ReinventionIt Won T Be Her LastWhen She Agrees To Work Undercover For The Soviets In S Paris, Nadia Is Drawn Into A Beautiful Yet Treacherous World Of Secrets And Deceit Beset By Conflicting Loyalties And Tested By A Forbidden Love Affair, She Becomes Embroiled In A Conspiracy That Ends With A Shocking Murder What Chances Will She Take To Determine Her Own Fate


About the Author: Elizabeth Blackwell

As the daughter of a U.S Foreign Service officer, Elizabeth Blackwell grew up in Washington, D.C., interspersed with stints in Africa, the Middle East and Europe pretty much always with a book in hand She majored in history at Northwestern University hoorayreading and received her master s in journalism from Columbia University, which led to a career as an editor and writer for a number of publications that have since gone out of business surely just a coincidence She now writes fiction from her home office in the Chicago suburbs, in between wrangling her three children and fighting for a parking spot at the local Target.