First I want to say that I really need to read EVGENY
ONEGIN. I've seen the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler
and it's a fabulous movie. And, I own the book. I just
haven't read it. However, after reading this book I truly
need to find some time to get to EVGENY ONEGIN.
Also, I quite badly want to re-watch the movie.
THE LOST SEASON OF LOVE AND SNOW is the story about Natalya
Goncharova Alexander Pushkin's wife. And, it's a passionate
love story that ended tragically. Usually, if this was a
fictional story would I have been really crossed if I had
read the blurb since it gives away quite a lot of the story.
However, this is a biographical fiction, all that happened
in this book is true. Well, it's still fiction, so the
author has, of course, filled in the blanks. But, the main
events are all true. And, what a story. It's almost
unbelievable, like fiction. Alexander Pushkin's life is
really the stuff of legend. To die so young, with so much
still to give. And, to die after a duel. It's like something
from a novel.
I felt that Jennifer Laam really made an excellent job of
showing how Natalya's innocent flirting got out of hand that
she, in the end, could do nothing to stop what was going on.
She played a game, and that game got out of hand, and in the
end, she could just watch how everything unfolded and
collapsed when Alexander challenged a man to a duel,
defending both his and Natalya's honor.
After finishing the book, I reflected on the story and
thought that the beginning of their love story was so
promising, but jealousy, money worries and a lot of
bickering filled their marriage. However,
they loved each other, and that showed as well.
Unfortunately, they did not get many years together.
THE LOST SEASON OF LOVE AND SNOW is a book that I truly
enjoyed reading. I have a great interest in Russian history,
and I was thrilled to learn more about both Alexander
Pushkin as well as his wife, Natalya. The writing is
excellent and the story very moving. I did find both Natalya
and Alexander to be very immature now and then. But, Natalya
was very young when she got married and Alexander, well he
could be a hot head. But, despite that did I find that I
cared very much for both of them, and I'm glad that Natalya
found some happiness in life after Alexander's death. It's a
fabulous book, and I recommend it warmly.
At the age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly
beautiful and intellectually curious. But while she finds
joy in French translations and a history of Russian
poetry, her family is more concerned with her marriage
prospects. It is only fitting that during the Christmas
of 1828 at her first public ball in her hometown of
Moscow she attracts the romantic attention of Russia’s
most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin.
Enchanted at first sight, Natalya is already a devoted
reader of Alexander’s serialized novel in verse, Evgeny
Onegin. The most recently published chapter ends in a
duel, and she is dying to learn what happens next.
Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander’s intensity
and joie de vivre, Natalya hopes to see him again as soon
What follows is a courtship and later marriage full of
equal parts passion and domestic bliss but also
destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads
to Alexander dying from injuries earned defending his
honor as well as Natalya’s in a duel, Natalya finds
herself reviled for her alleged role in his death. With
beautiful writing and understanding, Jennifer Laam, and
her compelling new novel, The Lost Season of Love and
Snow, help Natalya tell her side of the story—the story
of her greatest love and her inner struggle to create a
fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a
glamorous imperial Court.