A young woman is torn between her home and her dreams during the Russian Revolution.
It’s 1916, and Charlotte Mason is determined to make a life for herself in czarist Russia. When her mother dies, Charlotte is forced to put her plans to go to medical school aside to care for her unruly siblings. Then a handsome new tutor arrives. Charlotte has high hopes that he’ll stay, freeing her up to follow her dreams of becoming a doctor. But there’s more to Dmitri that meets the eye.
Just when she thinks she can get her life back, Russia descends into revolution and chaos. Now, not only does Charlotte need to leave Russia, she needs to get her siblings out too–and fast.
Can Charlotte flee Russia, keep her siblings safe, and uncover Dmitri’s many secrets before she runs out of time?
Gone by Nightfall is an accurate Historical Fiction that was written with the passion to research and the drive to tell an amazing story. It’s driving force is the compelling plot, which focuses primarily on how Charlotte and her family get caught up in the revolution unfolding around them.
The descriptions of setting were so vivid that I felt almost as if I were experiencing Imperial Russia’s final days. I quickly sympathized with Charlotte. She’s a strong character on a variety of levels. She knows what she wants in life and works for it despite frustrating setbacks. The scenes revolving around her chaotic family life that showcase her greatest strengths.
This is a story of love, coming of age, family and revolution. Gone by Nightfall will appeal to historical fiction lovers and seekers of a visceral understanding of the Russian Revolution. Once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to know more about these amazing characters and their journey to something better.
This was a wonderful book from Dee Garettson and I’m already looking forward to reading more of her works.
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About the Author
Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing.
Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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