'Bold and powerful, filled with emotion, tension and vivid characters in a setting that is rich in historical detail' Kate Furnivall
A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret...
From the author of The Secret Wife, a gripping journey through decades and across continents, of love, devastating loss and courage against all odds.
With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of Russia's imperial family hangs in the balance. When middle daughter Maria Romanova captivates two of the guards, it will lead to a fateful choice between right and wrong.
Fifty-five years later . . .
Val rushes to her father's side when she hears of his troubling end-of-life confession: 'I didn't want to kill her.' As she unravels the secrets behind her mother's disappearance when she was twelve years old, she finds herself caught up in one of the world's greatest mysteries.
Readers adore the novels of Gill Paul:
'A brilliantly emotional read' Woman's Own
'As rich in historical detail as it is captivating ****' Heat
'One of my favourite books of this year. Fascinating, glamorous and utterly compelling... historical fiction at its best' Tracy Rees, author of The Hourglass
'A marvellous, perfect read' The Sun
'Cleverly crafted and enthralling. A triumph' Dinah Jeffries
'A wonderful book. Loved the seamless blend of fact and fiction' Kathryn Hughes
'Compelling and full of surprises ****' The Lady
'This engrossing, heart-wrenching novel moves between the decades, combining history with fiction to portray the tragic events of the Russian Revolution' Sunday Express
'Riveting! I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing tale of friendship and betrayal' Rosanna Ley
'With superb story-telling and a lush backdrop of period detail...a novel that is impossible to put down, abouttwo women who are impossible to forget. I loved it!' Hazel Gaynor
'I devoured Another Woman's Husband in a few days. This has bestseller written all over it' Louise Beech
'With seamless ease Gill evokes the events and characters of two eras...with great verve and a smattering of delicious fictional licence. Delightful' Liz Trenow
'Gill Paul has taken two of the twentieth century's most enigmatic women, one revered, the other reviled, and woven them into a deft story of friendship and betrayal' Kate Riordan
Paul (The Secret Wife) stirringly tracks the lives of two young women through the 20th century as they circle a Romanov mystery. In Russia in 1918, Maria, the 18-year-old daughter of the deposed Tsar Nicholas Romanov, escapes the revolution and finds safety in the anonymity of the countryside; in Australia in 1972, Val Doyle n e Scott is married and has a child. But it isn't until Val's cold father Irwin Scott dies that she learns he had changed his name from Ivan Skorokhodov. Val moves through the mid-'70s, facing challenges with her abusive husband while following clues left by her father to investigate his possible connection with the Romanov family. In Maria's story line, she finds love and eventually has a family, but in Leningrad, she must once again fight for survival during the Nazi siege in WWII. Paul adroitly balances her two story lines, showing the resilience and strength of both Maria and Val in their respective circumstances. This epic story is so engrossing that readers will have difficulty putting it down.