This story chronicles the life of a Russian aristocrat placed on house arrest within one of Moscow’s most iconic hotels at the outset of the revolution. You maybe wouldn’t think this setting would inspire tales of love, (familial and romantic), adventure or intrigue but it easily manages all three. The author brings you right into the social setting and I would challenge any reader not to be thoroughly charmed by the main character. I’m always a fan of a book I can devour and also learn from – this is such a book.
Do I recommend? Yes, absolutely. I just finished his first book “Rules of Civility” which is also a great read. It is set in 1939 New York and evokes the same rich sense of social setting and closeness with the characters.