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The Ice Palace ❰Epub❯ ➟ The Ice Palace Author Bill Haworth – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk There was a fresh Alpine breeze that spring morning of It gently blew away the morning mist that hovered over the waters of the Italian Lake Garda, and revealed shimmering reflections of shoreline ha There was a fresh Alpine breeze that spring morning ofIt gently blew away the morning mist that hovered over the waters of the Italian Lake Garda, and revealed shimmering reflections of shoreline hamlets dotted along its banks Embedded in the mountain foothills, the lake area was protected from the worst of the weather from above while still enjoying a warm Mediterranean climate down by the lake side Palm and olive trees flourished, as did tomatoes and vegetables in great variety The scent from the apple orchards, and the The Ice MOBI :Ê orange and lemon groves charged the air with a sweet pungencyThe lake had an abundance of freshwater fish such as carp, pike and tench, while salmon abounded in the rivers and streams Wild boar and deer roamed the nearby forests, and a small herd of cows grazed the rich green slopes Domesticated ducks and geese played at the water s edge The mountain streams provided clean, sweet drinking water, filtered through many layers of rockWith the ambient weather, it was an idyllic oasis a veritable Garden of Eden tucked away in the mountain slopes a happy healthy environment for raising families, or recuperating from illness The folk living there blessed their good fortune, and led a contented existence Life was, indeed, sweetIn a log chalet, on a slope overlooking the lake, the dawn sunlight streaked through the bedroom window, casting illuminating fingers of light upon the faces of the young couple still at slumber The bed and bedroom were littered with rice and confetti A garland of flowers hung from the corner post of the headboard On the wedding bed, were partly opened gifts Clothing and empty bottles of wine were strewn in happy disarray, about the floor While songbirds twittered merrily outside, the flickering tentacles of light played on the young man s eyelids He gradually awoke, and when his sleepy eyes became clear, he focused them on the beautiful young woman lying alongside him He smiled, and playfully caressed her long golden locks of hair spread across the pillow He marvelled at her voluptuous form His caresses, plus the dancing rays of sunshine on her face roused her from her sweet slumbers He blew gently in her earHer eyes flickered without opening Good morning, she said sleepily He kissed her tenderly, full on the lips At that moment he was a happy man and knew he had everything in the world he would ever want Life could not possibly get much better than this, he thoughtShe responded to his passionate ardour, and both became locked in a loving embrace He resisted the temptation to make love yet again.


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    Review of The Ice Palace by Bill HaworthGenre Historical Fiction, RomanceRating Three TombstonesAs I read this book, I was drawn into this story about Mikhail, who is a prince in a country where princes are quite numerous, Russia, during the 18th Century He possesses a modest fortune, but not enough to continue living richly in Russia So he takes on the ambassador position offered by the Tsaritsa This leads him to Italy, where he invests in a road building enterprise and falls in love with Review of The Ice Palace by Bill HaworthGenre Historical Fiction, RomanceRating Three TombstonesAs I read this book, I was drawn into this story about Mikhail, who is a prince in a country where princes are quite numerous, Russia, during the 18th Century He possesses a modest fortune, but not enough to continue living richly in Russia So he takes on the ambassador position offered by the Tsaritsa This leads him to Italy, where he invests in a road building enterprise and falls in love with the beautiful but sickly daughter of the mayor and his business partner, who he marries.Unfortunately, his marital bliss doesn t last very long, because the cruel, vain, selfish, dictatorial Tsaritsa Anna Ivanovna sends men after him and arrests Mikhail for marrying outside of his faith and without her permission In the process, this puts stress on his young bride s already weak and taxed heart, and she subsequently dies This might seem like a spoiler, but this is really just the setup for this story.Life goes downhill very quickly for Mikhail, for he is forced to go to Russia by land, which is a long, arduous trip When he gets back, he is punished by the Tsaritsa for what she considers spurning his advances since he has been an object of her lust for some time by being forced to play the fool jester in her court The good thing about this situation is Mikhail has lots of time to think about his life, and to realize that he is very lucky, compared to others In addition, Mikhail earns the admiration of others for his good natured acceptance of his ill treatment by the Tsaritsa, while the growing dislike of the populace is her just reward for her bad behavior Although Mikhail never came off as shallow and selfish, you do get to see him grow as a person Fortunately, this enables him to see the inner beauty and goodness in a very ugly servant that the Tsaritsa forces him to marry again out of spite At first, he was horrified by her ugliness But his intrinsically good heart causes him to treat her kindly despite his repulsion to her poor looks.This story gives a little history background about the severe winter of 1739, where most of the lakes and rivers freeze over People are struggling to stay warm , while the selfish Tsaritsa throws extravagant parties, eating excessive amounts of unhealthy and rich food and drinking too much vodka She gets the idea to have an ice palace built and decides to christen it by making Mikhail and his bride Avdotoya, spend the night in it Were it not for a little assistance from a long lost friend, they would have died, because of the extreme brutal cold of a Russian winter night The experience of spending the night together, fighting for survival brings the unlikely couple together, and they quickly fall in love Mikhail is able to see the inner beauty, the sweet nature, the wisdom, and the intelligence of his new bride, and know that she is his true soulmate.While reading the story, The Ice Palace, I felt as though it had an identity crisis It wanted to be so many things serious historical fiction, comedy, romance, a treatise on good eating habits, and a little bit of a fairy tale At times, it was hard to keep up with the different changes in tone that happened rather abruptly I feel that it would have flowed better if the author had established one tone for the story, and avoided veering away from itthan necessary, and unless it was to emphasize a message The rapid changes from serious to humorous and back left me feeling confused, and made it harder to take the narrative seriously.Another issue I had was the anachronistic language There were modern colloquial phrases used that took me out of the historical setting and distracted me Also, I felt that the author was a bit too preachy with his thinly veiled message about healthy eating habits Numerous times in the story, he criticized the heavy, fatty diet of Russians, and how it contributed to bad health Although I have no problem with his message, I felt that asubtle approach would have been just as effective, and less like an obvious public service announcement.Despite the issues I mentioned, The Ice Palace was an enjoyable read that kept my interest It gives a glimpse into what was happening in Russian during one of the worst winters on record It also shows us the power of perseverance and looking beyond the surface and into the heart, a lesson that never loses its power


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