Book Review: Gorgito’s Ice Rink by Elizabeth Ducie @rararesources

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Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can the Gorgito's Ice Rinkfulfilment of one promise make up for the failure to keep an earlier one?

When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.

Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.

With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

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Until 14th October, Gorgito’s Ice Rink is only 99 p/c in all territories.


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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an interesting novel and I really found myself getting heavily invested into everything that was going on. I think for me having read so little books set in Russia during any time it added an unexpected extra bit of intrigue and enjoyment as not only did I get to immerse myself in the story and the characters, but I got to learn about a time and a place I don’t often get to ‘experience’.

As mentioned I loved getting to know all of the characters and all of the different perspectives that this brings, although it did start out a slowish pace, the writing really brought everything all together. I also felt that this was such an original story that once again not only kept it interesting throughout but really added to the enjoyment. A great read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry Gorgito - Author.JPGfor nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write for fun instead. She started by writing travel pieces, but soon discovered she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published four novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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