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The Midwife of St. Petersburg

A Novel
Chaikin, L. L. (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Midwife of St. Petersburg
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The Flames of Love and Revolution…
 
It is Czarist Russia, 1914. Karena Peshkev dreams of escaping her family’s country estate and attending medical school. But each year, as she watches her hopes of being accepted to the Imperial College of Medicine slip further away, she much content herself with working alongside her mother, the village’s Jewish midwife.
 
On a visit to her cousin’s sumptuous mansion, Karena gets a taste of Russian high society–and meets Colonel Alexsandr Kronstadt. Their attraction is immediate, but they can never act on it. Alex is meant for Karena’s cousin, the general’s daughter, a superior match politically and socially.

But when the accusations of Bolshevik conspiracy tear her family apart, Karena and her mother flee to St. Petersburg. The Okhrana–the Russian secret police–are convinced Karena is a Bolshevik traitor, in league with the rebel party’s leader. Certain she is guilty of murder and assassination, they’re determined to hunt her down. Alex risks his career and his life to protect her from afar, but will it be enough? Will he find her in time to save her from false accusations–and declare his love?
 
Vibrant with historical detail and richly woven themes of danger, romance, and God’s faithfulness, The Midwife of St. Petersburg is an eloquent tale portraying the beauty and madness of a country that is about to change forever.

Baker & Taylor
In 1914 Czarist Russia, Karen Peshkov and her mother, a Jewish midwife pioneering in her field, are left to survive on their own when their family is torn apart, but when her mother is injured in an accident, Karena must continue working as a self-taught midwife--even as she longs to attend medical school. Original.

Authors: Chaikin, L. L., 1943-
Title: The midwife of St. Petersburg
a novel
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 140007083X
9781400070831
Statement of Responsibility: Linda Lee Chaikin
Subject Headings: Soviet Union History Revolution, 1917-1921 Fiction Midwives Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Historical fiction
Christian fiction
Topical Term: Midwives
LCCN: 2007000454
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Oct 26, 2011
  • d21221 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A nice account of the period and interesting characters. Lots of description and a colorful and detailed view of the period. The author teases with the romantic storyline but don't expect a historical romance as the main plot, more political intrigue and character assination than romance.

Jan 24, 2011
  • JGOODRICK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! The author was unknown to me before, but now I want to read more of her works. I thought it was an excellent tale of grace and fortitude in the face of a looming war.

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