The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte – Our Review
The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte is an epic tale, an incredibly vivid account of war time, set in World War Two. A novel about the saving grace of literature, of love and of the remarkable strength of the human spirit.
Amidst the doomed German invasion of Russia, Paul Bauer a notable German Doctor is assigned to establish a medical base in the former grand estate of renowned author Leo Tolstoy.
There he meets Katerina Trubetzkaya, a highly educated Russian woman who has been charged to care for the estate. Katerina is opinionated, strong and not exactly warm and welcoming.
When the two realise that they are both enamoured by Tolstoy’s works particularly ‘War and Peace’ a tentative friendship begins.
But in the cold, hard winter Bauer’s commanding officer becomes further unhinged, and their predicament further spirals out of control. What will become of them?
The Tolstoy Estate is a remarkably hopeful novel set amidst a hopeless backdrop. A rich, deep and compelling story that draws many threads together in masterfully written book.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books