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The Russian Concubine

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 The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall I would imagine that most people would know the author Kate Furnivall from her book published in 2008, “Under The Blood Red Sky” – I have yet to read it, but even I recognise it’s distinctive cover and I’ve read a few reviews on it praising its contents.

The Russian Concubine”  is published before the aforementioned book in 2007 and tells the story of a beautiful Russian woman, Valentina, and her fiery daughter Lydia who have been exiled from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution.  Valentina and Lydia are taking refuge in Junchow, China , living in poverty and unable to see a way out.  With her mothers increasing addiction to alcohol, Lydia takes it upon herself to survive their situation and resorts to stealing.

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