Another very well written historical novel that I learned a lot from. I had never heard of Birobidzhan and the concept of trying to create a Jewish autonomous region during the brink of WWII. This novel follows Regina as a young impressionable adult in Moscow, fearing for her life she heads for refuge to Birobidzhan in hopes for a new start and better life. Regina quickly learns there are rules to follow and often pushes that line with the two men who are often competing against each other for what is best for everyone. Regina is tugged between being loyal to each of them, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize how things really are ran in this place. Putting herself and others are risk she makes a decision and promise that will carry her through the rest of her life. On the death bed of her husband, he asks a question that brings into question everything her daughter knew and understood about her mother and where they had come from. Determined to find out the truth, Lena makes a decision that will also alter her life and everything she has lived for. I really enjoyed this novel, it was another piece of WWII history that I had no idea about.
Thank you to HFVBT’s for the invite and to the author and publisher for the free novel!
My Mother’s Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region
by Alina Adams
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
History Through Fiction LLC
Genre: Historical Fiction
With his dying breath, Lena‘s father asks his family a cryptic question: “You couldn’t tell, could you?” After his passing, Lena stumbles upon the answer that changes her life forever.
As her revolutionary neighbor mysteriously disappears during Josef Stalin’s Great Terror purges, 18-year-old Regina suspects that she’s the Kremlin’s next target. Under cover of the night, she flees from her parents’ communal apartment in 1930s Moscow to the 20th century’s first Jewish state, Birobidzhan, on the border between Russia and China. Once there, Regina has to grapple with her preconceived notions of socialism and Judaism while asking herself the eternal question: What do we owe each other? How can we best help one another? While she contends with these queries and struggles to help Birobidzhan establish itself, love and war are on the horizon.
New York Times Bestselling author Alina Adams draws on her own experiences as a Jewish refugee from Odessa, USSR as she provides readers a rare glimpse into the world’s first Jewish Autonomous Region. My Mother’s Secret is rooted in detailed research about a little known chapter of Soviet and Jewish history while exploring universal themes of identity, love, loss, war, and parenthood. Readers can expect a whirlwind journey as Regina finds herself and her courage within one of the century’s most tumultuous eras.
About the Author
Alina Adams is the NYT-bestselling author of soap-opera tie-ins, figure-skating mysteries, and romance novels. Born in Odessa, USSR, Adams immigrated to the United States at age seven and learned to speak English by watching American Soap Operas. After receiving her B.A. and M.A. in broadcast communications at San Francisco State University, Adams worked in television as a writer and researcher. Years later she penned the As The World Turns book tie-in, Oakdale Confidential, which became a New York Times bestseller. Adams continued writing and is now a prolific and innovative writer who has authored more than a dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her latest release, The Nesting Dolls, is a Soviet-Jewish historical novel published by HarperCollins in July 2020. Her upcoming novel, My Mother’s Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region, a follow-up to her previous historical novel, is set for release in November 2022. Adams lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.
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