𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔾𝕚𝕣𝕝 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕊𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕥 ℙ𝕖𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕓𝕦𝕣𝕘
In The Girl from Saint Petersburg, Ruth is the glue that holds her family together after her father and fiance are forced to escape Russia. For four years, Ruth, her mother, and her sister struggle to make ends meet while living in fear as soldiers roam the streets and Jews disappear.
They pinch pennies and sell everything of value to survive while waiting for tickets to America. Ruth works to help, feeling the world’s weight on her shoulders. When Ruth does something illegal, it becomes imperative to leave the country as soon as possible. She seeks out a smuggler in a seedy bar, fearing imprisonment if she doesn’t do something. Will she get her family out of Russia in time?
The Girl from Saint Petersburg is a short but poignant story of a family’s fear, grit, and bravery during harsh times. I tend to read historical fiction to learn more about history as I enjoy it more than nonfiction.
This story has a strong female character, and the plot tells a realistic account of this time. This story pulls my heartstrings, but I feel it is important to learn about the atrocities that people faced in the past.
Well written, Ruth’s story is an excellent example of the early 1900s in Russia. The fear is palpable. Ruth’s strength through fear, admirable. I couldn’t help but zip through this book in one day.
The author includes historical notes in the back of the book to give some insight into what was called Bloody Sunday. I’d heard the term before but never learned about it. I’d suggest reading The Girl from Saint Petersburg if you enjoy historical fiction.
Thank you to R&R Book Tours, the author, and the publisher for providing this book for me to review.
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