Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy Book 1)

By James Conroyd Martin

A breathtaking and epic novel within the grand romantic sort, PUSH now not THE RIVER is the wealthy tale of Poland within the overdue 1700s--a time of heartache and turmoil because the country's as soon as peaceable everyone is being torn aside through neighboring international locations and divided loyalties. it truly is then, on the younger and weak age of seventeen, while woman Anna Maria Berezowska loses either one of her mom and dad and needs to go away the one domestic she has ever known.

With Empress Catherine's Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is instantly thrust right into a global of affection and hate, loyalty and deceit, patriotism and treason, existence and demise. Even sort Aunt Stella, Anna's new parent who quickly involves personify Poland's braveness and spirit, cannot defend Anna from the doubtful way forward for the country.

Anna, a toddler now not, turns to like and luxury within the kind of Jan, a courageous patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her attractive and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her points of interest at the good-looking younger fighter. hence Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia's jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions. pressured to outlive a number of tragic occasions, lots of them orchestrated via the artful Zofia, a bolstered Anna starts off to benefit to put herself within the means of destiny--for love and for state. Heeding the proud spirit of her past due father, Anna turns into an enormous participant within the struggle opposed to the nations who come to partition her loved Poland.

PUSH no longer THE RIVER relies at the real eighteenth century diary of Anna Maria Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived throughout the upward push and fall of the historical 3rd of may perhaps structure. bright, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable tale of the metamorphosis of a nation--and of a proud and resilient younger lady.

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You’ll what, Antoni? ” She smiled at her husband. “Kill me? ” Antoni couldn't reply. whatever in his slate-colored eyes informed Anna she had entire his sentence with precision. Anna again to her room. That’s what he will get for enjoying his excessive card too early, she inspiration. while he unearths himself in a true bind, he inns to a silly, idle bluff. 20 In mid-January Zofia hired for her own use French maids, Clarice and Babette. Anna notion the latter attractive yet lightheaded. Babette had of the main appealing childrens Anna had ever set eyes upon: a bit boy and woman of reasonable coloring. the kids sometimes played gentle initiatives or errands in regards to the condominium. No point out used to be ever made up of their father. They appeared to have their proportion of toys and treats supplied via the Countess Stella and Lutisha, yet they have been principally overlooked by way of their mom and the remainder of the family. presents and favors are negative replacements for romance, Anna idea. She famous their want for course and actual recognition, and so did what she might to fill the void. She suspected that her situation and the maternal sensations she was once experiencing made her emotions for them extra poignant. She learn to them every now and then, yet extra frequently astonished them along with her bottomless shop of myths and stories. For them, she continuously made guaranteed to supply her personal, happier, endings. they'd recognize quickly adequate that chuffed endings happened in literature greater than in existence. even if Babette’s functionality as a mom used to be poor, her execution of her tasks used to be impeccable. She was once meticulous in her care of Zofia’s wigs and attire. It was once with the unswerving assistance of Babette and Clarice that after a carriage stopped to gather Zofia, she left the home a gorgeous imaginative and prescient of colour and wonder. Anna gasped at Zofia’s bold: she had taken to donning the recent high-waisted robes which exhibited a lot of her complete breasts. The Countess Gronska endured to disregard her daughter, however the will that validated Zofia because the heiress was once rarely the single cause. Anna got here to suspect that Zofia was once mistress to many males. At evening Anna stayed up overdue interpreting or lay wakeful pondering, but she seldom spotted the hour while Zofia back from her evening amusements. She used to be all yet sure that a few nights her cousin didn't go back till the next day to come. presently prior to Zofia left for a night, Clarice ready for her a distinct raisin strudel swimming in thick rose syrup. whilst the tantalizing aroma of this nutrition stuffed the home, Anna knew that Zofia’s departure was once forthcoming. On numerous events, after Zofia had left the home, Anna secretly enable herself into her cousin’s room and, via the yellow gentle of a unmarried taper, learn from her diary. She despised her personal behavior—there used to be no reconciling such deceit to every thing she had learned—yet a few darkish strength inside her used to be to not be denied. Of the raisin strudel ritual, she discovered this: The rose syrup makes males hungry for my scented lips! inside a short while after i've got eaten of the strudel, i'll run from my domestic to the palace with power to spare.

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