Monday, November 4, 2019

Olga's Egg - Sophie Law

Summary: When Fabergé specialist Assia Wynfield learns of the discovery of a long-lost Fabergé egg made for the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, she appears to be the only person with misgivings. On travelling to St. Petersburg to see the egg, Assia moves among Russia’s new rich but finds herself pulled back into a family past she would rather forget. With news that a friend is missing, Assia starts to dig deeper. But does she really want the answers to the questions she is asking? Set in today’s glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Olga’s Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: When I read a book like this, all I can think about is delight. I am so delighted that there are so many cool things in the world to read about. One lifetime could not cover all the cool things there are to know about and read about. I love immersing myself in a world that I don’t know, or even better, a world I think I do know but then am given so many details and minutiae that that world seems fresh and new. Seriously, it’s the best!  No matter how many things a person studies, no matter how much time they live, no matter how much time they have, there is no way that one person can know all the things. You, my readers, are fully aware of how we compensate for that—we read! We read to learn new things, we read to be enlightened, and we read to live so many lifetimes in just this one. Those that don’t read are missing out on so much, am I right?


This is one of those books that just brought me into the world of something I knew little about. Sure, I’d heard of Faberge eggs. I haven’t seen a real one, of course, although I’ve seen them mentioned here and there and was aware that they were special and beautiful and rare. This book, however, really brought them to light. I learned so many things! One thing that I really enjoyed learning in particular was that there are still missing eggs. They’re still waiting for some from the original collection to be found! Someone must have them! (Is it you? If so—they’re looking for you). I love that there is still missing art out there and that there are discoveries to be made. We live in such a connected world now that it seems like everything has been found and explored and there are no final frontiers. This is not the case, of course, and I love it when something like a beautiful Faberge egg can bring that to light. I really appreciated the author’s expertise in this area, and loved reading the language associated with and descriptions of the Faberge eggs. This made the story feel authentic and rich.

So let’s talk story. I did enjoy the story in this book. It was slow, at times, which was odd because there was actually quite a bit of excitement going on, and it’s a fairly short book, but I think it was an execution issue. However, once the story kicks in and gets going, it is interesting and there is a lot going on. I enjoyed reading about the different characters and their connections to Faberge and to Russia. There were some characters that could have been more fleshed out, and I think that would have added to the richness of the story. There were also a few story lines that were left hanging (particularly one at the end, but maybe that’s for a second book?), but I found the ending to be very satisfying and enjoyable. The book itself would sometimes skip over the minutiae of how things were resolved and just go to the point at which it was resolved, which was okay, actually, Sometimes it’s nice not to have to wade through something. It was an interesting style technique.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that these Faberge eggs were for the Romanovs, and I know that so many people love the Romanovs and find them so interesting and read a lot about them. There is a lot of fiction and non-fiction that deal with the Romanovs, and so if you’ve partaken of that, you can’t miss this for sure!

Overall I enjoyed this book. If you are into art, and especially Russian art and Faberge eggs (and Romanovs!), this is totally a book you should check out. It is well-researched and the author is knowledgeable, which makes it not only interesting, but legit.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is some light language.

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