Set in the fabulously glittering Imperial Russian court of the early 1800’s, Grand Duchess Ekaterina Navigates the Treacherous Gauntlet Defying the Powerful Men Conspiring to Control Her.
…she has no choice but to follow her father the czar’s every command or she, too, would surely “forever disappear,” as had her mother.
If you think Henry VIII was a monster… read this novella.
If you liked 'Young Victoria,' you will love this book.
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Set in the fabulously glittering court of the early 1800’s, Russian Grand Duchess Navigates the Treacherous Gauntlet Thwarting the Powerful Men Attempting to Control Her
…she has no choice but to follow the czar’s every command or she, too, would become “forever indisposed,” as had her mother. If you think Henry VIII was tyrannical… read this novella.The czar’s court is as villainous as is he. Ekaterina violently opposes the marriage and ultimately surrenders to her father the czar's politically motivated marriage betrothal.
Her future husband, Prince Gregor, handsome and sexually attractive, is not her prince charming.His wedding gift to her is blatant womanizing and ceaseless conniving to steal power and prestige, planting the seeds for the contempt and disdain further fueling her hatred for him.
Through the years, even the czar comes to share Ekaterina’s hatred for Prince Gregor. The saying, “misery makes for strange bedfellows,” draws the czar and Ekaterina together in a devious plan of imperial proportions to rid themselves of Gregor. A plan that would succeed beyond their wildest nightmare.
Author JR Strayve, Jr is a master storyteller, adept at weaving fact and fiction together in a seamless, jaw-dropping tale of Ekaterina’s determination to rule her own life, Russian political intrigue and savagery.
Join Ekaterina in her story, A prequel to Braxton’s Century Volume I. Readers are further mesmerized by the young Grand Duchess Ekaterina, fully understanding why she is later so closely drawn to Prince Braxton, becoming his confidante and benefactor.
J.R. Strayve, Jr. was born to a nomadic military family, attending nine schools before entering college. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, he raised a family. It is here that he discovered his talent for “spinning tales,” regaling his young children with spontaneous bedtime stories. His passion for history spoke to him. He spoke back and wrote the epic alternative historical series, Braxton’s Century. He is currently co-authoring a non-fiction Whistleblower Expose on mismanagement, systemic intimidation and compromised care for veterans nationwide within the Veterans Administration. And in the works he has a follow-on to the Bratxon’s Century series Millennial Moguls Unhinged. His first book, the controversial novel, First Spouse of the United States, was published in March 2019. A sequel is soon to follow. A short story, The Lieutenant & The Vintner is available on Kindle.