Gone by Nightfall
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
A young woman is torn between her home and her dreams during the Russian Revolution.
It’s 1916, and Charlotte Mason is determined to make a life for herself in czarist Russia. When her mother dies, Charlotte is forced to put her plans to go to medical school aside to care for her unruly siblings. Then a handsome new tutor arrives. Charlotte has high hopes that he’ll stay, freeing her up to follow her dreams of becoming a doctor. But there’s more to Dmitri that meets the eye.
Just when she thinks she can get her life back, Russia descends into revolution and chaos. Now, not only does Charlotte need to leave Russia, she needs to get her siblings out too–and fast.
Can Charlotte flee Russia, keep her siblings safe, and uncover Dmitri’s many secrets before she runs out of time?
My Blurb (3.5 / 5 stars)
I think my love for Russia as setting got to come from my love for ballet as a child. I have since devoured many books which are set in Russia including some of those big classics like War & Peace. And as the setting in this book is WWI and just before the outbreak of Russian Revolution, there were bits of it which reminds me of War & Peace even if, in time, they are a century apart.
Gone by Nightfall is told strictly from the perspective of Charlotte Mason. When her mother died, she has promised to take care of everything and so she took on her mother’s mantle in caring for her family and also the hospital her mother built. I love this family and their easygoing way caring for each other. It is a big blended family (6 children including Charlotte) with a rather older man as head (Charlotte’s stepfather).
Even as Charlotte struggled to find the time and energy to oversee all, help comes in the new tutor, Dmitri. However, he seems to be a figure of contradiction. As certain warm feelings arose between them, hot tempers are rising outside with the people and with violence threatening her family, Charlotte must decide whether she could trust Dmitri to ask for his help.
I was listening to War & Peace soundtrack (BBC) while reading the book so maybe that’s another reason why I got that vibe. But also, the way the romance was conducted with sweet whispers (so cute!). The ending and the overall feeling for this novel, however, was that it is unfinished. It doesn’t look like being series but yet why all these unconnected strands… I hope for a sequel at least if not a series.
My thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on this tour and copy of ebook in exchange of honest review
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About the author
Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.