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The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam
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The Lost Season of Love and Snow

A Novel

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Narrator Jennifer Nittoso
Length 10 hours 54 minutes
Language English
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"A captivating tale in which Natalya Pushkin is vividly imagined. The dramatic complexities of her personality, and of Imperial Russian society, are cleverly portrayed in this sensitive and skillfully written novel. Sure to enchant those who are already fans of Jennifer Laam, and fans of historical fiction." — Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

This audiobook presents listeners with the unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin’s beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg.


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 as possible.

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 wording and understanding, Jennifer Laam's compelling new audiobook, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, helps 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.

Jennifer Laam earned her master’s degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is her first novel.

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Reviews

"Laam has not only created a captivating tale, but has woven a delicate and resonant fabric from the timeless threads of love and loyalty,betrayal and redemption." —Pam Jenoff, international bestselling author of The Ambassador's Daughter on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"Well-researched, clever, and compelling, this promising debut novel will stand out at a time when the popularity of historical novels seems at an all-time high. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is...peopled with well-motivated, well-drawn, characters. The clear prose and lively dialogue impel the reader forward. The suspenseful and complex plot leads to a graceful, but startling resolution. Jennifer Laam is an emerging novelist to watch." —Roberta Rich, international bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"The Secret Daughter of the Tsar weaves a lively tale that takes the reader back through the shadowy mysteries that still surround the murders of the doomed imperial family of Russia... Laam [tells] her story with verve and imagination." - Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker on The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

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