A compelling tale of war and love in the Russian winter of 1941

The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one WWII historical novel that deserves attention. Thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and with a cast of interesting but flawed characters, Conte masters the ‘feel’ of a bitter conflict during the perishing winter of 1941.
The compelling story is told from the perspective of Paul Bauer, a surgeon and an officer of the Wehrmacht, who is sent to serve at the ill-fated eastern front. When his 3rd Panzer Division stumbles across the estate of literary giant, Leo Tolstoy, they claim it for a hospital. ‘Yasnaya Polyana’ is something of a Russian national shrine, which provides them with some protection from Red Army artillery fire. But the comfortable accommodation comes with strings attached, in particular a firebrand custodian and, quite possibly, a ghost.
Highly recommended.

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About Debbie Terranova

I write stories of mystery, history, and adventure that will inspire readers to question accepted 'truths' and explore alternative explanations. I call this approach ‘fiction with a conscience’. While settings, historical events, and some characters may be real or based on research, the narratives and central characters are generally the creation of my imagination. I have published four novels, the latest being 'The Bootmaker of Berlin' (WWII historical fiction) released in January 2023.
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