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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Blurb Friday: The Dacha

(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.


150 words
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.
To see how the photo by Lynn Obermoeller inspired other writer-bloggers,
please click HERE!
Brightly-colored houses along Russian waterways.           Richard Schear photos.

19 comments:

James said...

Very clever! It's great to see your Russia pictures and I hope you post more! I've always wanted to go there especially to St. Petersburg.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Welcome back! Missed your BBF contributions, but you posted some lovely photos of your journey. What's your next trip?

Enjoyed your blurb. You've drawn me in with a rich back story and the promise of adventure to come. Sounds like a wonderful read!

Linnea said...

Boy...you got me hooked! Now you have to write the book!

Sandra Davies said...

Russia is one of the places on my list and your photos show nothing like I expected - for the same reason I'd be buying your book.

Margaret Duarte said...

Nice job, Kay. Now I want to read the book. This house reminds me of some of the homes in the village in the Azores Islands where my husband was born. Loved it there.

jabblog said...

I like your book blurb - it sounds exciting, maybe dangerous and possibly romantic too.
Welcome back from your holiday:-)

Jo said...

Apt subject considering you've just been there, Kay! I also want to read the book. I love the photos of present day Russian houses. Hope your Internet is behaving now. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Jo

diane b said...

That is very clever. I want to read more.....get writing.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

First....love the sunset post below this one. And secondly, I completely forgot about book blurb this week. I'll have to go to the 'hub' and visit everyone. Great work on yours by the way.

Loved the extra photo shares!!!


Good news and some MORE good news is my Friday post. Hope your weekend goes smoothly!!!

Mara said...

I wouldn't mind having a private guide when travelling through a foreign country. They will know the more interesting bits I think.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kay,

What a wonderful story; I would love to read it. It was fun to see your recent Russian photos too. I love the brightly colored homes; good to see some cheeriness. In my mind, I imagined things to be dreary there. Welcome back!

Kathy M.

Vernz said...

HI Kay, wow really you went to Russia? That's awesome.. your photos are inviting.... hire me as your porter next time ..lol.

Thank you for the visit...:)

Grandma's Goulash said...

Love the way you've weaved your recent travel into this week's blurb. I enjoy stories that are blended with real history and culture. Why does the dacha become so important to Martina? You've made me curious and I'd be reading the book to get my answer.

Ms. Becky said...

this is very intriguing. I think I'm hooked. and I love the colorful houses! but you know, I have to say that I just noticed on your profile page under Favorite Movies - any one where the dog doesn't die. ha! you really made me laugh with that one, because that is a common refrain of mine when watching movies - "why does the dog always die???"
I so know what you mean. they always kill of the dogs in movies don't they? and I want to stop watching at that point, because it always gets to me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Kay. happy day to you!

Bookie said...

Sounds like a good read! Russian setting, how interesting too...

Francisca said...

Your real dachas look a lot better than the prompt... Your book blurb is creative genius, as usual.

donnie said...

such great little buildngs :))

cieldequimper said...

Now... the sequel please...

Tammy said...

I missed your posts, too, but what beautiful pictures! And what you did with the blurb was amazing. Sounds like you combined so many elements that this book promises a lot of bang for the buck.