Red Winter by Julia Underwood
Sophie Cooke, eldest daughter of a wealthy English businessman living in luxury in St Petersburg has her life torn apart by historic changes. She is engaged to Anatoly (Tolya) Andropov, a young doctor, when the Great War breaks out and they are married before he goes to serve at the eastern front. Sophie joins him there and, in time, gives birth to their son, but has to return home, when she is expecting another child.
The city becomes the epicentre of the greatest upheaval in Russian history. The Tsar is overthrown and socialist revolutionaries take over the government. During the following years, revolution and a bitter Civil War play out amidst uncertainty, lethal danger and brutal violence. Sophie’s family flee to England, but even that escape is marked with tragedy. Sophie remains to await Tolya’s return, but when threatened with starvation and disease, she joins the Cookes in England, not knowing if her husband is dead or alive.
This sweeping novel of love and loss will transport readers from tsarist Russia, through the Great War, the Russian Revolution and Civil War to 1922 and a safe new life in England.