This week my mailbox blessed me with two gifts. One I have had my eye on for awhile, the other is quite new to me.
From PaperBackSwap I received Hugh and Bess
by Susan Higginbotham. After reading and very much enjoying
Queen of Last Hopes I am very interested in checking out this book.
From Amazon Vine I selected Stalina by Emily Rubin. This book is a little different from what I normally read but there were a few things about it that pulled me in. First it is an immigrant story from Russia to the US. I haven't had the opportunity to read many immigrant stories but I find them very interesting. The main character settles in Connecticut (my home state) - there are not too many books set here, so that was an exciting prospect! This book is also loosely based on the true story of a woman the author knew. Here is the blurb:
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Stalina Folskaya’s homeland is little more than a bankrupt country of broken dreams. She flees St. Petersburg in search of a better life in America, leaving behind her elderly mother and the grief of the past. However, Stalina quickly realizes that her pursuit of happiness will be a hard road. A trained chemist in Russia, but disillusioned by her prospects in the US, she becomes a maid at The Liberty, a “short-stay” motel on the outskirts of Hartford. Able to envision beauty and profit even here, Stalina convinces her boss to let her transform the motel into a fantasy destination. Business skyrockets and puts the American dream within Stalina’s sights. A smart, fearless woman like Stalina can go far…if only she can reconcile the ghosts of her past. Obsessed with avenging her family while also longing for a new life, Stalina is a remarkable immigrant’s tale about a woman whose imagination—and force of personality—will let her stop at nothing.What came in your mailbox this week?
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