|(Lynn Obermoeller photo for Book Blurb Friday)|
The family dacha suffered from neglect after the dissolution of the USSR. The transition to democracy hadn't meant a financial boon to Martina’s family.
Her father was old, his teacher’s pension reduced to a trifle but, eventually, he was offered a job as a guide working with a slowly-increasing number of foreign tourists visiting the new Russia.
Gradually, the numbers grew, until it became obvious the rest of the world considered Russia a tourist destination, starting with European visitors and expanding to include North Americans and even Australians.
Martina, when a teenager, found she could dream not only of university, but also of family vacations at the lakeside dacha again.
Little did Martina realize the dacha on Lake Ladoga would mean more to her future than would her teaching degree.
Author Belle Rutledge offers fascination, adventure, excitement, and the promise of love in her new novel, The Dacha.
Posted for Book Blurb Friday, hosted by
Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff.
I’ve been away from BBF for a while, vacationing in Russia, actually. It’s nice to be back, though. I’m here to look at this photo, let it help me imagine a book by a non-existent writer, and create a back-cover blurb for that book in 150 words or less: a blurb to make readers want to buy the book.
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|Brightly-colored houses along Russian waterways. Richard Schear photos.|