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“Gorgito’s Ice Rink“, written by Elizabeth Ducie, is a standalone novel published on 8th October 2014. A novel that has a dual timeline with elements of history and romance.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Elizabeth Ducie for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Gorgito’s Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine’s 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.
Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can keeping a new promise make up for breaking an old one?
When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.
Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.
With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?
A story of love, loss and broken promises. Gorgito’s story, told through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.
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When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.
There was three things that made me want to know more about this book: the title, the cover and the fact that I knew the name of the author since I had previous read a book of hers. And when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to enter this story and meet these characters.
There are so many elements that I loved in this story, from the characters and their background, to the interactions between them and the obstacles they have to surpass. The storyline touched my heart and by being set in a different time than our own present, it transport us to the world of these characters.
Family, friendship, enemies and promises. There is a realism to this novel that I absolutely love, making me emotional and feel as though I was part of the group and living side by side with them, thanks to the descriptions and the connectivity.
Emma and Gorgito were definitely well written characters that made me compelled to turn the next page and learn what they were going to do next. They both have strong qualities, and they are dealing with their with their problems in different ways. And although I don’t know much about Russia, I could envision the scenery and all the other characters that made Emma and Gorgito’s story keep moving.
It was the world described in this novel, as well as the other characters, that made it an interesting book. Starting at a slow pace, it grew and got more intriguing with each revelation, each action, each character and scene introduced.
I won’t say more about the actually plot, because I want people to feel and make their own opinions. But I do recommend this novel to everyone that likes the kind of story that touches historical elements, as well as follow the main characters as they try to accomplish their goals in their quest.
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