The White Russian by Vanora Bennett


It is 1937. Evie is given an opportunity to study in Europe, funded by her Grandmother, whom she doesn’t know. Her strained relationship with her mother, and her new sense of freedom, send her to Paris to reconnect with her Grandmother, but tragedy strikes, and her Grandmother falls ill and passes away, leaving Evie with a scribbled note she must decipher.

I’ll say up front that I did not finish this book. I got about 130 pages in before I decided to stop. I started skimming through it well before that. There was one chapter just before I stopped that caught my attention and made me read word for word, feeling sympathy for the character in the scene (not Evie), but the next chapter was back to skimming.

Nothing interesting happens in the first 100 pages. It’s mostly backstory, atmosphere, and scenery. I wasn’t able to form a connection to any of the characters, which makes it hard to want to see what happens to them next.

I just didn’t connect with this story. It wasn’t for me at all. If you love Russian history, or stories with the feel of The Great Gatsby, this might be for you.

1) Overall Plot = 2
2) Characters = 3
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 1
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 2

Average score of 2.6 out of 5

Where to buy the book: Amazon | B&N

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