Despite the setting -- Russia in the eighteenth century and during the reign of Elisabeth Petrovna, this turned out to be a snoozer. Marguerite travels from Paris to St. Petersburg to design gowns for the Empress, and finds herself bouncing between three suitors, palace intrigue, and lots of clothing. I really wanted to like this one, but the writing is so tepid, and the characters so lifeless that I found myself bored out of my wits. Too bad. Just three stars and not much else.
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