As my first book to read by CJ Marusfeld, I'd have to say that it was well written, but very heavy in politics and the ins and outs of Soviet Republic and the United Nations. Sophie is a refugee aid expert and has been in love with Michael Nariovsky-Trent, who is a a Baltic-born American doctor who travels back to his home country during a time of war and is now missing. When Sophie finds out that Micheal is missing, she sets out on a journey to find and bring him home.
It's a really poetic and beautiful story of a man who fights for what he believes in and ends up getting a little over his head, and it's about a woman who would do anything to ensure his safety. I loved it, honestly, even when most of the book had Michael and Sophie apart. Great characters and setting, great writing- so it was a good story overall, earning the 3 olives I'm giving it. But you know me. I need a more romance centered story. CJ Markusfeld gave us flashbacks of when they first met to tide us over and help readers understand how Michael and Sophie came to love one another. But I have to say CJ kind of missed the mark on creating an epic love.