By Gloria Whelan
In the autumn of 1914, secure in the back of palace partitions, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a paranormal place.
The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal kin seems like her personal. yet open air the palace, a bad conflict is sweeping via Europe, and Russia is commencing to fall apart less than the burden of a becoming revolution. Now, as Katya′s once-certain destiny starts off to dissolve, she needs to search to appreciate what's taking place to her cherished kingdom and, for the 1st time in her existence, take cost of her personal future.
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Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan