By Freda Lightfoot
Set opposed to the backdrop of progressive Russia, The Amber Keeper is a sweeping story of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.
English Lake District, Nineteen Sixties: a tender Abbie Myers returns domestic after studying of her mother’s loss of life. Estranged from her turbulent kinfolk for a few years, Abbie is heartbroken to listen to that they blame her for the tragedy.
Determined to discover her mother’s earlier, Abbie methods her loved grandmother, Millie, looking for solutions. because the previous lady recounts her personal prior, Abbie is transported again to the grandeur of the Russian Empire in 1911 with stories of her grandmother’s lifestyles as a governess and the revolution that exploded round her.
As Abbie struggles to reconcile along with her relatives, and to aid herself and her baby, she realizes that these long-ago occasions created aftershocks that threaten to dissatisfied the delicate peace she longs to create.
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The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot