After her mother’s suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child—and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother’s past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she traveled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution. As Abbie struggles to reconcile with her family, and to support herself and her child, she realizes that those long-ago events created aftershocks that threaten to upset the fragile peace she longs to create. Set against the backdrops of the English Lake District in the 1960s and the upheavals of revolutionary Russia,The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Bubby: Just reading the “about the author” blurb made me excited to read The Amber Keeper. Here’s some of it: “Born in Lancashire, Freda Lightfoot has been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment, a smallholder on the freezing fells of the Lake District where she tried her hand at the ‘good life’, kept sheep and hens, planted a small wood and even learned how to make jam. She has now given up her thermals and built a house in an olive grove in Spain, where she produces her own olive oil and sits in the sun on the rare occasions she is not writing.” I want a house in an olive grove in Spain! Sissy, are you in?
Sissy: Stay on task, Bubby. Freda Lightfoot, who we are DELIGHTED to discover, sounds fascinating. And fascinating is an adjective I would use to describe this book, The Amber Keeper. It is chock-full of twists and secrets and delicious discoveries, spanning time and countries. And the revelations right at the end are the happiest ones of all!
Bubby: I’ve always been intrigued by the Russian Tsars and their treasures, especially during the time period of the Romanovs. What I wouldn’t give to get my hands on a Faberge Egg! I hadn’t really thought about what it would have been like to live in Russia during the early 20th century, though. As Grandma Millie tells our heroine Abbie about being an English Governess in the heart of all the drama, I realized that it must have been rather terrifying and horrible to have had to live through that time.
Sissy: Someone in the story actually does own a Faberge Egg. I’m curious to know what you would REALLY do to get one, Bubby. Extortion? Murder? Cookies for life?
Bubby: Cookies for life, definitely. The rest, not so much.
Sissy: There are also secret hidden jewels woven into the story. But the best treasure is the mended and healed relationships between Abbie and her family.
Bubby: I love stories that follow a family through several generations. The Amber Keeper is set in the 1960’s with flashbacks to Tsarist Russia. I was delighted by the way all the various threads of the story connect together to bring us to a most satisfying conclusion.
Sissy: The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot is a masterful story filled with drama, war, love, treasures and surprises. A must read.
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