Hello and welcome to my stop on
THE ICE SWAN BY J’NELL CIESIELSKI blog tour
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
eBook & Paperback; 400 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian monarchy, a princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it.
1917, Petrograd. Fleeing the murderous flames of the Russian Revolution, Princess Svetlana Dalsky hopes to find safety in Paris with her mother and sister. But the city is buckling under the weight of the Great War, and the Bolsheviks will not rest until they have erased every Russian aristocrat from memory. Svetlana and her family are forced into hiding in Paris’s underbelly, with little to their name but the jewels they sewed into their corsets before their terrifying escape.
Born the second son of a Scottish duke, the only title Wynn MacCallan cares for is that of surgeon. Putting his talents with a scalpel to good use in the hospitals in Paris, Wynn pushes the boundaries of medical science to give his patients the best care possible. After treating Svetlana for a minor injury, he is pulled into a world of decaying imperial glitter. Intrigued by this mysterious, cold, and beautiful woman, Wynn follows Svetlana to an underground Russian club where drink, dance, and questionable dealings collide on bubbles of vodka.
Out of money and options, Svetlana agrees to a marriage of convenience with the handsome and brilliant Wynn, who will protect her and pay off her family’s debts. It’s the right thing for a good man to do, but Wynn cannot help but hope the marriage will turn into one of true affection. When Wynn’s life takes an unexpected turn, so does Svetlana’s—and soon Paris becomes as dangerous as Petrograd. And as the Bolsheviks chase them to Scotland and beyond, Wynn and Svetlana begin to wonder if they will ever be able to outrun the love they are beginning to feel for one another.
“The Ice Swan is a ray of light in the middle of a Europe that was sinking into darkness. Ciesielski’s talent for storytelling from the heart is a feast for the readers’ eyes.” —Mario Escobar, international bestselling author of Remember Me and Children of the Stars
“The night burned red with the flames of revolution”
The Ice Swan by J’nell Ciesielski
Set to the second Russian revolution In 1917, the Bolsheviks revolted in Russia, rising up to topple the monarchy. Fleeing for their lives Princess Svetlana Dalsky, along with her mother and younger sister. They make up the White Russian émigré that made up the exodus of Russians who barely escaped the blood thirsty events. Arriving in Paris France at the end of WW1. Svetlana Dalsky life has been changed dramatically while living with other displaced refugees in a basement of Russian Orthodox Church in Paris. Not all of the emigrants are able to adapt to their new found status and living conditions. Taking on rolls and jobs that would have been unthinkable in their past lives. Svetlana Dalsky is brave and courageous she picks up the responsibilities of keeping what’s left of her family in Paris together.
In a series of events Svetlana finds herself in need of treatment by a Scottish surgeon Wynn MacCallan. Intrigued with the reserved, beautiful Russian Wynn offers Svetlana safely and the resources to bring her family out of the debt they concurred while living in the underbelly world in Paris. It’s a marriage of convenience but a sound one as the Bolsheviks long arm extends to eliminate all the remaining Russian aristocrats.
This was fast moving engaging story from the get go. The storyline along with the richly detailed events helped create a moving tale. The characterizations of place and time, along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel. Once again the author has written a stunning historical fiction that I absolutely enjoyed reading from start to finish.
The Ice Swan by J’nell Ciesielski is a complex story that is emotionally charged with well developed characters, set during a dark turbulent time in history. Ciesielski narration is seamless allowing the reader to be completely immersed in this remarkable historical fiction. The romance is a slow burn, that is wonderfully depicted and goes perfect with the books overall elements.
Make sure to add this captivating book to your TBR List and Library
I highly recommend this book to historical fiction book lovers everywhere ♡
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, July 6
Review at Rachelle Loves Books
Friday, July 9
Review at Two Bookish Babes
Wednesday, July 14
Review at Novels Alive
Thursday, July 15
Review at The Green Mockingbird
Sunday, July 18
Review at Reader_ceygo
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