GENRE: Non-Fiction - Memoir
NUMBER OF PAGES: 169
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for a honest review. Thanks a lot Ms.Kidd
A protagonist who works for federal government falling in love with a Russian KGB defector, what can one expect? I expected a thrilling tale of love where in our Russian man fighting human killing machines or our federal government secretary being kidnapped and ultimately being rescued by her oh-so-sweet-yet-tough-spy boyfriend. Nothing of that sort happened. This is no tale of fiction where one can expect ‘action’ in the form of exploding bombs or mortal combat. The story is a non-fictional account of Ms.Kidd’s short lived love life with the controversial KGB defector Sergei Kourdakov.
Throughout the book I had to keep reminding myself that this story is not a work of fiction but a real life account, for such was the writing. The writer, Ms. Kidd, transported me to her world back in the 70s through her compelling writing. Needless to say, the characterization was perfect. She never ventured into telling about the person that Sergei was before defecting. That is the best part of the whole book. She simply didn’t give room for the readers to judge Sergei for the person that he was before defecting. Sergei and Sam are poles apart, yet they find love. The fact that Sergei was a thorough gentleman simply shocked me. It is apparent that reading too much of spy novels has corrupted my sense of realities about a spy. The episode where Sergei happily lifts Sam and makes her sit on his leg is simply hilarious. Dear men, take a tip or two from this man’s sense of chivalry.
MY SAY: A humorous, profound and simple tale of love and loss.
AUTHOR LINKS: Author's Blog, Goodreads Profile
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon