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  1. Catherine Fitzpatrick Catherine Fitzpatrick says:

    I discovered this book in the library when I had just finished Smiley s People which had bits about Russian emigres and I was pining for a similar book because my library didn t have ANY Le Carre novels and I had waited weeks to order even Smiley s People from inter library loan I thought of re reading Berberova s The Italics Are Mine which would have filled that yen but I wasn t ready for that yet ANYWAY, this book filled that yen it has everything you could want in a Paris Russian e I discovered this book in the library when I had just finished Smiley s People which had bits about Russian emigres and I was pining for a similar book because my library didn t have ANY Le Carre novels and I had waited weeks to order even Smiley s People from inter library loan I thought of re reading Berberova s The Italics Are Mine which would have filled that yen but I wasn t ready for that yet ANYWAY, this book filled that yen it has everything you could want in a Paris Russian emigre type book with cafes and vodka and mysteries and murder and people being kidnapped and forcibly taken back to the Motherland by the NKVD and everything All good.BUTI kept feeling as if the author was too modern in her writing and not immersed enough in the era I don t mean that she had to write Swell or You re elected with 1930s American jargon but just the psychological studies just seemed too modern I kept expecting that the White Russian of the title was going to appear with his Sony Walkman if not check his Facebook I dunno It s hard to describe, the feeling that someone is just too modern in their rendering of a story that is in the past It s harder to do than you might think There s a bit of over the top melodrama with the White Russian s adopted son or whatever, but it s a novel about Russian emigres in Paris, what else I loved some of the characters who were very life like, such as her grandmother s friend, the gypsy torch singer There were a lot of little realistic touches I still think this writer needs to read a long book Berberova would do or hang out in Russia for longer and then try again


  2. Bookread2day Bookread2day says:

    The reason I wanted to read The White Russian is because I enjoyed reading Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett I found I was so engaged in reading The White Russian I was just turning pages after pages It is such a beautiful novel I just got completely lost into it The White Russian is set into four parts Evie did not know her grandmother until she turned eighteen.Out of the blue Evie s mother gets a letter from Evies grandmother in Paris offering to pay for her to go to college Ev The reason I wanted to read The White Russian is because I enjoyed reading Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett I found I was so engaged in reading The White Russian I was just turning pages after pages It is such a beautiful novel I just got completely lost into it The White Russian is set into four parts Evie did not know her grandmother until she turned eighteen.Out of the blue Evie s mother gets a letter from Evies grandmother in Paris offering to pay for her to go to college Evie s unknown grandmother had enclosed a picture of herself Without Evie s mother knowing Evie took the picture and put it in her own room As Evie arrives in Paris to see her grandmother she is had not expected to be in a situation out of her depth as she stumbles upon her grandmother in bed that is frail and so very thin Her hair looked so very dull her hands frail and papery, blue veined Evie s grandmother makes frantic mumbled sound MMMM, she is trying to tell Evie something As Evie s grandmother was finding it hard to talk she took to writing with a letter with M on that was repeated several times The sudden death of her grandmother leaves Evie to carry out her grandmothers dying wish to find a man from her past Evie seeing her grandmother is just a little part of the story in The White Russian There is so muchto this novel that is very touching and suprisingly waiting for readers to explore I look forward to Vanora Bennett s next novel Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com


  3. Eliza Eliza says:

    First of all, I don t like romance novels Second of all, I don t particularly enjoy historical fiction Third of all, this book was both The writing was confusing, switching between first person and third person The characters weren t well rounded The good part about this novel was the setting descriptions A for that, Vanora Bennett If you don t read a book just for the setting descriptions, do not read this book.


  4. Cheryl Sinclair Cheryl Sinclair says:

    Thirties Paris, with Russian immigrants looking for a better life and love.


  5. Narfy Narfy says:

    Despite the inclusion of some very real people, focus was on the fictional characters and they were unfortunately tedious and 2 dimensional I was especially disappointed in the love story as it seemed to come out of nowhere Long lost relatives were also part of the theme and that was also quite annoying and soap opera ish.


  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    I wanted to like this book so much, but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would It has all the makings of a good book coming of age, conflict, love and Paris It wasn t engaging I am, however, considering reading some of her other novels.


  7. Lisa Marsh Lisa Marsh says:

    I ve been terrible about posting books Now that we re all home, I will catch up for this year The White Russian was a sale book at barnesandnoble The cover spoke to me, so I was in vanorabennett s story of exiled Russians in Paris started as a simple young woman being rebellious story And then it got super interesting A little romance, a little spy intrigue, a little history and a little tragedy kept me rapt.If you re a lover of Russian history, you will love this Or are interes I ve been terrible about posting books Now that we re all home, I will catch up for this year The White Russian was a sale book at barnesandnoble The cover spoke to me, so I was in vanorabennett s story of exiled Russians in Paris started as a simple young woman being rebellious story And then it got super interesting A little romance, a little spy intrigue, a little history and a little tragedy kept me rapt.If you re a lover of Russian history, you will love this Or are interested in White Russian exiles in Paris, again love It strikes me that I know quite a few people who are Russian by way of Paris something to look into later bookstagram bookchallenge2020 readeveryday


  8. Yana Yana says:

    This satisfied my criteria for a perfect beach read 1 immersive story 2 well written and 3 believable, likable characters The setting the micro world of White Russians in Paris adds to the romance and color of the novel Evie, our protagonist, is a somewhat naive, conflict avoidant young woman who both comes into her own and finds love in her search to understand where she comes from by seeking out her Parisian based grandmother It was somewhat disappointing not to get to know her gr This satisfied my criteria for a perfect beach read 1 immersive story 2 well written and 3 believable, likable characters The setting the micro world of White Russians in Paris adds to the romance and color of the novel Evie, our protagonist, is a somewhat naive, conflict avoidant young woman who both comes into her own and finds love in her search to understand where she comes from by seeking out her Parisian based grandmother It was somewhat disappointing not to get to know her grandmothershe seemed like a fascinating personality but that disappointment is shared by Evie so I suppose it s intentionally done by the author Verdict


  9. Jeanne Beaudet Jeanne Beaudet says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book gave good insight into the conflict between the Whites and the Reds in Paris during the 1930 s While it started out strong, it petered out quickly Evie s grandmother has been estranged from her family Evie decides to go to Paris and get to know her Immediately upon her arrival the Grandmother dies The Grandmother, Constance, has left a piece of paper instructing Evie to find a person This results in a dull search for the person and a dull romance The ending has Evie coming back This book gave good insight into the conflict between the Whites and the Reds in Paris during the 1930 s While it started out strong, it petered out quickly Evie s grandmother has been estranged from her family Evie decides to go to Paris and get to know her Immediately upon her arrival the Grandmother dies The Grandmother, Constance, has left a piece of paper instructing Evie to find a person This results in a dull search for the person and a dull romance The ending has Evie coming back to America married to the Russian The reasoning behind the determination of who Constance was looking for is not explained This book was a bit of a let down


  10. Victoria Peipert Victoria Peipert says:

    I really looked forward to this book based on the summary But even just a few pages in I could not get past the contemporary language being used to try and tell a story based in the early 20th century That really killed it for me and I couldn t fully get into the plot with this superficial layer holding back the authenticity I did like the concept of the plot but when doing historical fiction the writing style is so important.


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The White Russian Evie, a rebellious young American leaves New York in search of art and adventure in jazz age Paris, where her grandmother lives But on arrival, her grandmother s sudden death leaves Evie compelled to carry out her dying wish to find a man from her past called ZhenyaThe quest leads Evie deep into the heart of the Russian migr community of Paris With the world on the brink of war, she becomes embroiled in murder plots, conspiracies and illicit love affairs as White faces Red Russian and nothing is as it seemsWith Jean, a liberal Russian writer by her side, Evie finally seems to have found the passion and excitement she s yearned for But is she any nearer to discovering the identity of the mysterious Zhenya, or the heartbreak of her grandmother s past ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➦ – Kleankitchen.co.uk a rebellious young American leaves New York in search of art and adventure in jazz age Paris ❃ [EPUB] ✻ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk where her grandmother lives But on arrival ➥ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Ebook ➫ Author Pamela Clare – Kleankitchen.co.uk her grandmother s sudden death leaves Evie compelled to carry out her dying wish to find a man from her past called ZhenyaThe quest leads Evie deep into the heart of the Russian migr community of Paris With the world on the brink of war ❰Reading❯ ➶ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses Author Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Kleankitchen.co.uk she becomes embroiled in murder plots [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Kleankitchen.co.uk conspiracies and illicit love affairs as White faces Red Russian and nothing is as it seemsWith Jean ✅ The Good Daughter PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk a liberal Russian writer by her side [Read] ➱ Crysis By Peter Watts – Kleankitchen.co.uk Evie finally seems to have found the passion and excitement she s yearned for But is she any nearer to discovering the identity of the mysterious Zhenya [KINDLE] ❀ Fractured (Will Trent, Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk or the heartbreak of her grandmother s past


About the Author: Vanora Bennett

I became a journalist almost by accident Having learned Russian and been hired after university by Reuters to my own surprise and the slight dismay of traditionally minded editors who weren t sure a Guardian reading blonde female would be tough enough for the job , I was then catapulted into the adrenaline charged realm of conflict reporting While on a trainee assignment in Paris, I fell in with the Cambodian migr community and ended up reporting in Cambodia myself, a decade after the Khmer Rouge regime ended, as well as covering Cambodian peace talks in places as far apart as Indonesia and Paris That led to a conflict reporting job in Africa, commuting between Angola and Mozambique and writing about death, destruction, diamonds and disease, and later to a posting in a country that stopped being the Soviet Union three months after I arrived I spent much of the early 1990s in smoky taxis in the Caucasus mountains, covering a series of small post Soviet conflicts that built up to the war in Chechnya.My fascination with the cultural and religious differences between Russians and the many peoples once ruled by Moscow grew into a book on the Chechen war Crying Wolf The Return of War to Chechnya A second,light hearted book followed, about post Soviet Russia s illegal caviar trade, once I d got homesick for London and moved back to writer leaders on foreign affairs for The Times This book was The Taste of Dreams An Obsession with Russia and Caviar.I now lead asedate life in North London with my husband and two small sons, enjoying the reading, research, writing and metropolitan leisure activities that I grew up expecting adult life to involve I ve found that writing books is much of a surprise, a pleasure and an adventure of the mind as it was to become a foreign correspondent.As a journalist I ve written for, among others, The Times and its website, TimesOnline, the Los Angeles Times, Prospect, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian Saturday magazine, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, Eve magazine, The Observer Food Monthlyand The Erotic Review.