Gone by Nightfall by Dee Garrettson is a YA Historical story set during the Russian Revolution.
“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?”
If you enjoy calmer, historical novels with a hint of romance thrown in. This one may be perfect for fans of Russian history!
We follow a main character who aspires to be a doctor, but struggles with societal norms and family dilemmas. This is a story of safety, survival, and siblings.
If you are looking for a historical romance, this plot may not be what you are looking for. While it is there, it doesn’t take up the bulk of the plot’s attention. There were moments that I felt like there could have been a little more oomph to the pace of the book, but it wasn’t something that distracted me.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that is perfect for a snowy day snuggled up with a warm cup of tea! 3 out of 5 stars from me.
Published: 21 January 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Historical
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
“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.”
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