Detail from "The Lost Souls of Angelkov" book cover (Random House) and author Linda Holeman (Randall Freeman).
Former Winnipegger and international bestselling historical novelist Linda Holeman is back in town this week promoting her latest novel.
Holeman is known for her airtight, intricate plot lines and sprawling historical narratives, as evidenced in her bestselling works The Saffron Gate, The Linnet Bird, In a Far Country and The Moonlit Cage.
Her latest work, The Lost Souls of Angelkov, continues in that vein offering a tale of love flowering through tragic circumstances. Set within the social unrest of 1860s Russia, The Lost Souls of Angelkov tells the story of an aristocratic mother named Antonina as she attempts to find her kidnapped son Misha with the help of the estate steward, the Siberia-born Grisha.
Linda will be launching on Tuesday, July 24 at McNally Robinson's Prairie Ink Cafe starting at 8 p.m. Below is an excerpt from the book:
Angelkov Estate, Province of Pskov
Three days' ride from St. Petersburg
The day his son was stolen, Konstantin had noticed the difference in the air. It was a subtle smell, the first hint that spring might finally end the long winter. It is this he's thinking about - the smell of the air - when the men appear in front of him.
They arrive from the quiet forest - his forest - slipping and weaving between the slender, leafless birch and green spruce. How did he not hear the hooves pounding in the hard snow, the heavy breathing of the horses as they charged in his direction? He remembers that Mikhail had called out to him, Papa, someone's coming, yet he ignored the boy. Why? Would it have made a difference? Should he have stopped his horse and listened?
Excerpted from The Lost Souls of Angelkov. Copyright (c) 2012 Linda Holeman. Published by Random House Canada, an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House of Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.