Set in London and Russia at the turn of the century, Susana Aikin's debut introduces a vibrant young woman determined to defy convention and shape an extraordinary future. Like other well-bred young women in Edwardian England, Lily Throop is expected to think of little beyond marriage and motherhood. Passionate about the stage, Lily has very different ambitions. To her father's dismay, she secures an apprenticeship at London's famous Imperial Theatre. Soon, her talent and beauty bring coveted roles and devoted admirers. Yet to most of society, the line between actress and harlot is whisper-thin. With her reputation threatened by her mentor's vicious betrayal, Lily flees to St. Petersburg with an acting troupe--leaving her first love behind.Life in Russia is as exhilarating as it is difficult. The streets rumble with talk of revolution, and Lily is drawn into an affair with Sergei, a Count with fervent revolutionary ideals. Following Sergei when he is banished to Vladivostok, Lily st...
|Title||:||We Shall See the Sky Sparkling|
|Number of Pages||:||375 pages|
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We Shall See the Sky Sparkling Reviews
All families have black sheep in their lines. Those people who flout society's expectations and live life on their own terms. During my genealogical research, I have found several ancestors whom would be classified as black sheep; however, I doubt that any of our kin lived their lives with as much determination and passion as Susana Aikin’s heroine in her novel, We Shall See the Sun Sparkling. ...more
We Shall See the Sky Sparkling is a vividly written historical novel about a female protagonist who progresses due to her hard work. Yes, the reader is informed that she was beautiful and talented, and she got her big break through an affair, but she also studied, improved her memorization skills, pushed herself, and learned multiple languages.
The novel begins with an introduction about how the story of Lily Throop was a contentious tale among the Throop descendants, with the men believing her t ...more
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!
"We Shall See the Sky Sparkling" is the story of Lily, a young woman. Instead of getting married and starting a family, Lily dreams of being on stage. Actresses are very much looked down upon during this time period and Lily confronts the stereotypes of what an actress is (and more so what she will do) at every turn. Her dream career and her love will take her to places she has dreamed of and those that she never could have imagined. This is a great story with a lot of rich detail!
I am always dr ...more
Just loved this book. Story of a girl going for her dreams when women weren't allowed freedom. Love and heartbreak with descriptions that make you feel you are there. Wonderful ending I didn't see coming. Will be keeping this one on my keeper shelf!
My review of this book will appear in Historical Novels Review 87 (February 2019).
We Shall See the Sky Sparkling is a debut novel?? Susana Aikin writes like she was born to it. I’ve never used the word masterpiece in ANY of my reviews before, but this story is a work of art. I felt like I was watching a historical period drama unfold right before my eyes. It was an intricately woven story that completely came to life. There are many elements and situations in this story that completely captured my attention.
There is also an abundance of very dynamic characters who change and ...more