June Meetup: "The Winter Palace" by Eva Stachniak

Thanks to everyone who voted. Our June book will be "The Winter Palace" by Eva Stachniak. Hope to see you there.

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PLEASE TRY AND REMEMBER TO SELECT A SHORT PASSAGE FROM THE BOOK AS YOU'RE READING IT.

It can be something you either enjoyed or thought was badly written. We're going to try to see how the discussion goes if we make it a little bit more text-based. So, everyone will read out their chosen passage (it need only be a few sentences or short paragraph) and say why they chose it and we'll then discuss it.

Don't worry if you forget. You can still join in the discussion!

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The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
Pages: 512
http://www.amazon.co....



Description
When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent - and listen.
Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, arrives from Prussia as a prospective bride for the Empress's heir. Set to spy on her, Vavara soon becomes her friend and confidante, and helps her navigate the illicit liaisons and the treacherous shifting allegiances of the court. But Sophie's destiny is to become the notorious Catherine the Great. Are her ambitions more lofty and far-reaching than anyone suspected, and will she stop at nothing to achieve absolute power?

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  • Antoine V.

    Very enjoyable session - and by accident we had the critical mass for a single-group meeting. As usual thanks to Justin and Natalie for their endless patience and dedication.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jessie H.

    Interesting historical fiction book,well written holiday read,some interesting comments made during the discussion

    June 4, 2013

  • So-Fung

    Justin, Thanks for the warm welcome to the Group. I enjoyed meeting everyone. See you at the next meetup. Best, So-Fung

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this. I'm stuck at work late this evening.

    June 3, 2013

    • Justin

      Thanks for letting us know. Hope you didn't have too late an evening and look forward to you joining us a a future meetup.

      June 3, 2013

  • Srabonti A.

    Just moved this morning.... everything has been taking a lot longer than I expected.

    June 3, 2013

    • Justin

      No worries, Srabonti. I know how stressful moving can be. Hope to see you at a future meetup.

      June 3, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Good meeting, lively discussion and a very wide range of opinions!

    June 3, 2013

  • Jackie S

    Hi
    Apologies, I can't make tonight's meetup but I really enjoyed the book,
    regards
    Jackie

    June 3, 2013

    • Justin

      No worries, Jackie. See you soon.

      June 3, 2013

  • Tanya C.

    Hi,

    Sorry have to work late. Enjoyed the book.

    Tanya

    June 3, 2013

    • Justin

      That's a shame, Tanya. Thanks for letting us know. Hope to see you next time.

      June 3, 2013

  • Claire G.

    Sorry I can't make it tonight. The book was a good read.

    June 3, 2013

  • Ariana T.

    Sorry, I hadn't noticed until now that I mistakenly put myself down to go. I cannot attend at the moment, as I am studying massage after work. My course will finish in the summer, when I will have a chance to read again. Have a good evening tomorrow

    June 2, 2013

  • Catherine G.

    Hi, very sorry but I now have a work event the same evening (and as it's the first day of my new job I'd best attend!) Really sorry as I enjoyed the book. Have a great time!

    May 29, 2013

    • So-Fung

      that's a shame Catherine, look forward to meeting you at the next event. Congrats on the new job!

      May 30, 2013

    • Justin

      No worries, Catherine. Hope you can make the next one and your first day goes well!

      May 31, 2013

  • So-Fung

    I've just joined the Group, ordered the book and look forward to meeting you all.

    May 8, 2013

  • Srabonti A.

    I'll be moving from my flat the day before...... so it would be a great way to relax after the move!

    April 19, 2013

  • Antoine V.

    Possible. If she's in London my daughter may come.

    March 27, 2013

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