Format Paperback / eBook
Publication Date 06/06/17
Trim Size 6×9 in
A Cherry Blossom in Winter
Winner of the 2017 GOETHE Book Awards First Place Blue Ribbon, Chanticleer International Book Awards
As the 20th century dawns, Japan is a rising power at odds with an expanding Russia. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, aristocrats advance their political interests and have affairs as factory workers starve. Young Alexei Brusilov, son of an ambassador, accompanies his father to Japan and there falls in love with the daughter of a Japanese war hero.
Despite threats and warnings, he pursues this forbidden romance, delighted to discover that Kimi-san returns his affection, until disaster overtakes them. Amid the rising storm of revolution at home, Alexei returns to St. Petersburg to become a naval officer. A deadly rivalry with another cadet, a dangerous family secret, and friendships with revolutionaries imperil his career–and his life.
Years later, Alexei finds himself aboard ship as the rusting and badly out of date Russian fleet is sent half way around the world to fight a modern and determined Japanese Navy. Will Alexei live to see his love again, or die under the blazing guns of the fast moving enemy cruisers?
“Complex in its historical scope and list of characters, A Cherry Blossom in Winter is more successful in understanding men at war than the background love stories. This book won’t be for every romance reader as the plot points issue from exceptionally visceral entanglements – however, history buffs and those who love wartime epics will devour the read. Reminiscent of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, readers will journey through an emotional landscape as dangerous as the raging battles themselves.” – Chanticleer Book Reviews 5 Stars
“Amazing Novel. A Cherry Blossom in Winter written by Ron Singerton is a historical fiction novel with love, action, and offers a taste of the end of the 29th century. This book is wonderfully written with great details and a well thought out plot line. I loved how this was like two books in one. The author does a wonderful job at staying true to the era and the history that accompanies it. The romance involved was lovely written and helped me fall for this book. I enjoyed the gripping plot line and found this book absolutely enthralling, not just for its incredible depiction of an era not normally written about, but for the pure easy flow of the writing. Plus, who can go wrong with a forbidden love story? The author has a wonderful talent and I look forward to reading more of his work. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who enjoy historical fiction. Prepare to be enthralled from beginning to end.” Denise Lucas (Canada) 5 Star Amazon Review
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