- By Robert Tyler Stevens

The Summer Day Is Done

  • Title: The Summer Day Is Done
  • Author: Robert Tyler Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780708935101
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Summer Day Is Done At Livadia when summer day is done and evening softens the warm shadows the ghosts of innocents scamper over the green lawns their laughter caught as whisper in the trees and every still pool refl

    At Livadia, when summer day is done and evening softens the warm shadows, the ghosts of innocents scamper over the green lawns, their laughter caught as whisper in the trees, and every still pool reflects the deep blue eyes of a dreaming girl John Kirby was a British secret agent Olga was the oldest daughter of Czar Nicholas and his Empress, Alexandra It was 1911 ImperAt Livadia, when summer day is done and evening softens the warm shadows, the ghosts of innocents scamper over the green lawns, their laughter caught as whisper in the trees, and every still pool reflects the deep blue eyes of a dreaming girl John Kirby was a British secret agent Olga was the oldest daughter of Czar Nicholas and his Empress, Alexandra It was 1911 Imperial Russia was already in its death throes, torn between evil manipulators and determined revolutionaries such as Rasputin and Lenin But still, women in dazzling gowns and men in lavishly decorated uniforms whirled around opulent ballrooms and took drives in splendid carriages Palaces and villas still gleamed in the sun, winter and summer.While the storm gathered, John Kirby played tennis with Nicholas, frolicked with Nicholas children and floated on the delicious laughter of his radian Olga But even the aching, unfulfilled happiness they won was not to remain undisturbed Grand Duchesses are not destined to share their lives with untitled Englishmen Glorious summer days do not last forever The memories, however, do linger And the images so hauntingly painted by R.T Stevens the characters ad the world they inhabit will glow long after the last page of this novel has been turned.

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    1. Why did I ever wait to read this book? (Since I'm not sure what to say, I'll leave it as is)I don't know what to begin with, I loved every page, the sad along with the funny, the history and the fiction. I wouldn't change a thing. Even though it's about the Romanovs, we still get a semi happy ending, about as happy as it could be. And, I enjoyed the journey there, which is even better.John (Ivan) was a remarkable hero, he kept a brave face even when faced with a completely impossible love, Olga. [...]

    2. They were strangers, eyes meeting in a sea of faces at a train station, but it was love at first sightThus begins the tragic love story of John Kirby (Ivan Ivanovich) and Grand Duchess Olga. They were worlds apart in station but together in soul.I found this story so GOOD. Yes, its fiction. But in real life stranger things do happen. So it didn't feel super far fetched. When we first meet John he is a British spy (but not against Russia or the Tsar). He eventually meets the Romanov family, becom [...]

    3. From the book jacket:"Grand Duchesses are not destined to share their lives with untitled Englishmen. Glorious summer days do not last forever. The memories, however, do linger."At the core this is a very simple story, that of John Kirby who has spent the last few years exploring Russia and its culture (he's really a spy for the British government). John's travels bring him to the Crimea as a guest of Princess Aleka Petrovna. The Imperial family is in residence at Livadia Palace and give a ball [...]

    4. The story itself is decent if not inspiring or memorable, and the writing delivers, but the characterisation is lacking. The main protagonist, John Kirby, is rather shallowly constructed, and the Russian characters are caricature-like, because of how exaggeratedly emotional, whimsy and flighty they are; probably the author was going for something like the classic Russian writers portray their characters, but without the same charm or dexterity for developing them up well. The Romanovs? They're s [...]

    5. This is one of the sweetest loves stories I have ever read. I read this about ten years ago and loved it and I felt it was time to read it again. It is a haunting story of a forbidden love between the agent of the British king and the daughter of the Imperial Tsar. I have always had an interest in the Romanov family and in this book the author does a wonderful job of helping the reader fall in love with them. It is a must read.

    6. I gave this four stars because it was my favorite book for a couple of years as a teen. I sobbed over it and reread choice parts and sobbed harder. Recently, I read it again and wondered why I'd loved it so, though I still enjoyed it and will probably read it again in a few years. There are a few risqué parts but I especially like the historical tidbits and the glimpse into the world of Russia's last czar.

    7. This was one of my favorite books as a teen--a sweet, historical romance involving doomed love, war, and a fair number of tissues before the end.I wasn't sure it would hold up to re-reading as an adult, but I had just finished a book about the Romonov Sisters and so it seemed like a natural follow-up. The writing is just superb--witty and intelligent; not at all like many of the romances that are cranked out for mass consumption today. The story is just as thrilling and emotional as it was when [...]

    8. Mary Jane Staples' books are always witty and humorous and this one is no exception. Yet it's also hauntingly poignant and I needed a couple of tissues at its ending. When British agent, John Kirby, meets the Imperial family of Russia in 1911, he is immediately entranced with Olga, the eldest Romanov daughter. The scenes with all the Romanov children are entrancing and, although you know there can be no happy ending at least for John and Olga, the love between them is innocently tender and touch [...]

    9. An enjoyable read. I did like the development of all the characters and the author's style. I certainly appreciated the romance although I hoped for a bit more of a breathtaking climax. I felt it was hard to really appreciate the main characters emotions and feelings as easily as it was to relate to some of the female characters.

    10. These types of novels are always pleasant reads - in this one, an Englishman is posted in Russia and ends up meeting and becoming friends with the Imperial Family, at the end of their reign. Sweet story, nicely sweeping history, and - with much of the action being set in Yalta - the perfect Sochi Olympics read.

    11. This isn't the greatest book ever written but I read it as a child (the first time) and it piqued my interest in pre-Revolutionary Russia. To do that for a pre-teen is saying something. Maybe it is just me but I really liked it.

    12. Read this when I was high school - cried when it ended - one of my very favorite books from that wonderful time in my life!

    13. I found this book in my mom's library and was enchanted from the first page. Great historical romance, even knowing how it will end!

    14. An English spy meeting and falling madly in love with a Russian Royal Princess. An interesting plot that caught my attention but did not live up to my expectation of it.

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