Book Review

The Master Craftsman

This is the first Kelli Stuart book I’ve read. Here is my review:

MY REVIEW

I love a dual timeline story and The Master Craftsman did not disappoint. I also love it when a book transports me to a time and place that I didn’t know I needed to learn more about. Getting to know about the history of the house of Fabergé in the pages of The Master Craftsman was interesting and satisfying. The characters, both in the historical timeline and in the present-day timeline were fascinating and engaging. Although they all had obstacles to overcome, the culture and atmosphere of the day came through vividly. I had a great time thinking of who I’d cast in these roles should the movie be made of it. There is drama, intrigue, mystery, romance, and history, this book has it all.

This story of multigenerational legacy will keep you turning the pages and thoroughly entertained while steeped in history. It’s a winner.

Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history–an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar’s family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance–and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli Stuart is the author of the Carol Award-winning Like a River from Its Course, as well as A Silver Willow by the Shore and Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom (with Wendy Speake). Stuart has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, Tonic.com, Disney, American Girl, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, and (in)courage. Kelli is a storyteller at heart, fluent in the Russian language, and has spent the last two decades studying the Russian and Ukrainian cultures. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and five children.

 


Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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