Genre: Historical Fiction
# of Pages: 249
Sophie has been summoned to Russia to meet with the Empress and her nephew, the heir to the throne. Sophie’s mother has impressed upon Sophie how important it is for their family to secure a match with the prince because they have many debts and are in danger of losing their title and land. Once Sophie arrives in Russia it becomes clear that the prince is very self involved and wants all attention on him at all times. She begins to spend a lot of time with her Russian tutor, Sergei, and one of the prince’s men, Alexander. Eventually, Sophie begins to have affection for Alexander and she knows how much trouble she would be in if anyone ever found out. Meanwhile, she is informed that she must learn fluent Russian and convert to Greek Orthodox before she can marry the prince. Can she turn her back on her family and marry the man she loves or must she marry a man she finds vile in order to save her family?
Loosely based on Catherine the Great, Ficklin makes no apologies for any historical inaccuracies. The story is interesting in that very little is written in the young adult category for this era in historical fiction. Due to the fact that it is based on true events, there are some twists to the story that may shock and dismay readers, but is essential in order to follow the arch of Catherine’s life. The characters are interesting and written so that they are not easily confused. Fans of series such as The Luxe or Cleopatra’s Daughter will enjoy this title.