Tuesday, April 19, 2022

THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN by Kelli Stuart, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

This dual-time novel showcases the artists who crafted the fabulous Fabergé eggs and a treasure hunt in modern day. What if there was a secret egg that was taken out of Russia just after the Revolution?

Ava is summoned to her estranged father’s death bed. He wants her to find an object steeped in the elegance of 1900s Russia and The House Of Fabergé.

With extensive research, the author takes us to St. Petersburg in the early 1900s and the almost fairytale setting amidst political turmoil. Ms. Stuart brings us to the present with a cast of characters that can be surprising. I was disappointed that in the past, Nick chose treasure hunting over his daughter, Ava and wife, Carol. Things change when his health deteriorates. Ava is adrift in her go-nowhere job when Nick gives her the task that has her creative dreams yearning to follow. She is to hunt for a Fabergé egg that might not exist.

This is a very interesting story that smudges the lines between good and evil and keeps you on your toes. I kept looking for a spiritual thread. Since Revell is the publisher, I expected this to be a Christian novel. It is not, but it is a clean-read and very enjoyable to see the progression of the characters.
* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a clean read

BackCover Blurb:
In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.

Revell Publishing, April 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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