Book Review: Answering Annaveta by Lorna Faith

book_cover_ebook Amazon (1)During the month of September, my blog posts are book reviews and author interviews. All the authors are fellow Tribe Writers—some of them in my online fiction group, affectionately known as “The Otters.” This week, my review is a historical novel, Answering Annaveta by author Lorna Faith. The book is available on Amazon.

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Annaveta Travotsky is a young girl poised on the brink of womanhood in 1913 Russia. She is the oldest child in a family of Russian peasants. Life is hard for the Travotsky family as it was for most peasant families. Her father arranges for her to marry a man whom she doesn’t love. Then, tragedy strikes and it turns Annaveta’s world upside down.

Forced to flee from the only life she has ever known, she finds herself in a colony occupied by German immigrants. She finds refuge in the home of the Wagner family and love from their son, Alex. However, Annaveta struggles to overcome her history of rejection and abusive relationships. She feels unworthy of love. She questions her faith. When a chilling figure from her past catches up with her, she flees to St. Petersburg in order to seek safety. The action and suspense will keep you turning the page.

Lorna  did a remarkable job in telling the history of relationships between the Russians, Germans, and Serbians in pre-World War I Russia. She certainly did her research!

Answering Annaveta is the first novel in the Russia to Canada trilogy. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Win a copy of this book:

The author is generously giving away two free copies of this book—one print copy, and one eBook copy. I will randomly select two winners next Monday, September 29. To enter in the drawing, please leave a comment.

About the Author:

Lorna Faith loves all things romantic, historical and filled with adventure. Graduating with a music degree, she still teaches private music Photo on 2012-01-29 at 09.15lessons, as well as interviewing amazing Creative people on her Podcast. At night, you can find her scribbling away on her next novel and writing her first online class. She has fun hiking and other fun things with her hubby and four teenagers in the mountains of Southern Alberta, Canada.

You can connect with Lorna Faith on her blogs, Raw Story Life and Lorna Faith, on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and You Tube.

Future Books:

I love writing and have so many ideas. So in between working on creating my first online class on ‘Uncovering the Real You’, whenever I have extra time, I’ve been writing the second book to Answering Annaveta. This second book is set in Odessa Russia. The book is action packed, set at the beginning of WWI.

Also, since the start of this year, I discovered a new love for Dystopian novels. Since having a dream in April, I’ve written about six chapters in a new Dystopian novel, set in 2098. It is about how a bunch of small colonies learns to begin again after the world has been ravaged by war and natural disasters. So this has been so fun to explore and imagine.

  • Diana Nesbitt

    This looks like a great read! It’s so cool how you are supporting other writers with these posts, Joan.

    • Glad you liked the summary of the book Diana 🙂 I agree with you that it is so great that Joan is supporting other Writer like this and she does such a good job of it! Thanks for stopping by Diana…

    • Diana, thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the review and I’m confident you’ll love the book!

  • Thanks so much Joan, for the amazing Book Review – and for featuring other others here on your blog – you are amazing!

    • Lorna, I enjoyed the book immensely. So happy to help promote “The Otters.”


      • I’m so happy you enjoyed the book, Joan! Blessings to you my friend 🙂

  • Having read the book, I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait for Lorna’s next release. So glad you shared information about it with your fans, Joan.

    • So happy you liked the book Staci ! Even though I’m focussed on writing the online class right now, you can find me scribbling away whatever chance I get on the 2nd book 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Staci !

    • Staci, I too look forward to the next book. I really enjoyed reading this one.

  • Great review, Joan. This is on my long list of books I want to read. 🙂

    • Joan did a great review! I’m happy that this book made it to you list of ‘readables’ Stacy. Thanks for stopping by Stacy 🙂

    • Stacy, I think you’ll love the book. And who knows, you might be one of the winners!

    • Congratulations, Stacy. You were one of the winners chosen!

      • Thank you so much, Joan! I’m excited to read it!

  • kathunsworth

    Fantastic review and I need to put this one on my list of books to read Joan. Lorna is an amazingly talented soul. Thanks for sharing another great read.

    • She is talented, Kath. I think you would enjoy this book. Lorna did her homework with research with early 20th century Russia.

    • Kath thank you for your very kind words – you also are amazingly talented my friend 🙂 So happy that this book made it to your ‘to-be-read’ list ! Thanks for stopping by…

  • Wonderful review, Joan! Lorna, I’m looking forward to reading your book and learning about this time period in a part of the world that I know little about.

    • Catherine, I learned a lot from reading this book. Lorna certainly did her research. I believe you would enjoy the book. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Catherine – I’m so pleased that you are interested in this place and time period … and in reading this book 🙂 It was quite fun to research! I’m so happy you stopped by…

  • La McCoy

    I love the book cover!

    • La, I believe you would love the book also!

    • I’m happy you like the book cover La 🙂 My friend is a graphic designer and she came up with the cover … I thought she did a great job too! Thanks for stopping by La !

    • Congratulations, La. Your name was randomly selected as one of the winners of Lorna’s book.

  • Teresa Richardson

    I am looking forward to reading your book, Lorna. The review whetted my imagination; I enjoy history and this would be a wonderful read

    • Teresa – thank you so much for your visit and leaving a comment. If you like history, you’ll like this book. Blessings!

    • I’m happy to hear that that you would like to read Annaveta’s story Teresa – Like Joan said – if you like history… there is a lot of it in this book… so I’m sure you’d like it 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!

  • Lovely review, Joan! Your words make me want to read Lorna’s books, especially this one about Anaveta. Thanks for giving your readers a peek at the story.

    • Sherrey, I really enjoyed this one. Not only was it a great fiction read, but the historical aspect was educational. Blessings!