This is a wonderful historical with a not-your-usual-fairytale princess. Katarina is a Russian princess who had to flee to France after her beloved husband was killed in the Revolution. She had her twin girls only after she fled Russia to settle in an apartment in Paris. She sits daily in the Louvre, staring at a painting that has special significance.
This story was so interesting that it had me searching for information on Katarina and the painting. What a pleasant surprise to find both were the result of the active imagination of the author. Ms. Tolsma makes her characters and setting seem so authentic. I sat right there with Katarina and gazed at that painting. You could feel her despair and longing for her lost love and home country.
Georges, a neighbor who has lost his leg in the war, befriends Katarina. He is a perfect but flawed hero. He shows compassion to her and lends his godly wisdom. Together, they go through scary times. During a catastrophe, Katarina regains the faith that she has buried because of her grief.
A refreshing tale based on The Lost Princess.
*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and an underpinning faith thread
Held prisoner by all she’s lost, Katarina’s about to lose all she has.
Princess Katarina Volstova barely escaped the Russian revolution, arriving in Paris just before the birth of her twin daughters. With her heart still captive in her homeland, she haunts the Louvre each day, spending hours gazing at one painting, lost in her pain.
Not the man he once was before the Great War, Georges Velvey hides himself away doing janitorial service in the Louvre and watching the beautiful woman whose pain seems riveted on one painting.
When Katarina returns home to find her daughters and their nanny missing, the loss opens her eyes to all she has to lose now.
Frantic to find her girls, her distress causes Georges to offer his assistance. Together they put together clues to a puzzle they must complete before the kidnapper ensures Katarina and her daughters are never reunited.Slashed Canvas offers a retelling of The Lost Princess that mingles self-centered grief, spoiled little girls, and proof that nothing will stop a mother from saving her children.