Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review - Cossacks in Paris

Cossacks in Paris
by Jeffrey Perren
Published 2013
462 Pages

Every now and then you read a book that is so well written that even if the subject matter is outside your usual genre (I'm not generally a fan of stories that revolve around war) it keeps your interest, and you crave to learn more. Cossacks in Paris is just such a book!

Napoleon’s conquest of Russia is intertwined with a love story between a beautiful Finnish girl named Kaarina, and a young French engineer, Breutier, who--while working on modernizing Paris’ sewer system--gets unexpectedly drafted as a spy into the Grand Armee. 

Breutier and Kaarina meet by chance, and are immediately taken by one another. Alas, Kaarina is the daughter of the counselor to Tsar Alexander of Russia, and her hand in marriage has already been promised by the Tsar to the boorish and evil Cossack, Agripin.

The story takes us through Russia where many battles ensue, both on and off the field. Kaarina is kidnapped by Agripin and Kaarina’s jealous twin sister, Kaisa (whom Agripin has befriended). Breutier hunts down the vicious Agripin, and must choose a course, if he is to save Kaarina. 

Cossacks in Paris is an historically accurate book (I confess that I did have to research and verify a few events). But those who are interested in a rich and thorough historical romance will love this book! 

Reviewed by Leslie

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