Monday 5 March 2018

A Discovering Diamonds review of The Gathering Wolves by Elizabeth Darrell

AMAZON UK £2.99 £8.99
AMAZON US $4.10 $2.99

Family drama
early 1900s

Originally published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1981, but now published by Endeavor e-books, this is an old-fashioned but gripping tale of treachery, love and fear set in the last days of the Russian Revolution.

What's so marvellous is that this isn't another 'princess in the palace' saga but is set in a remote area of Russia where an English engineer is tasked with building a railway to a sea port with the help of a small group of White Russian soldiers led by a bitter aristocratic colonel and his wife who is a nurse. So begins a love triangle and it is wonderfully done - you want both men to win out in the end.

As events overtake them, they are pursued by Red Army soldiers and have to battle the weather, sabotage and their own passions to escape.

You get a real feeling for the Russian character and while the first chapter is slow - get past it and then the tale is gripping and unusually moving with a feel for the conflicts of the time.

© Jeffrey Manton

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