In 1851 Victorian England is at the height of its self-confidence: the greatest industrial and trading nation in the world, vigorous, inquisitive, self-reliant, generous.
Fleur Hamilton has many of the qualities of her age. She is intelligent, independent, sensible; much courted, but never won. She believes herself to be completely level-headed; but she is a mid-Victorian unmarried female - utterly innocent in matters of love and the ways of men.
Visiting St Petersburg with her father, she meets Count Sergei Kirov, whom she first met in London during the Great Exhibition. He puzzles her as much as he excites her - a vibrant, attractive, yet enigmatic man, with a tragic secret i his past; a complex man whom she cannot begin to understand, and yet who stirs her like no other.
In the gilded splendour of this loveliest of cities she falls in love with him, and with the mystical and barbaric beauty of his country. But England and Russia are on the brink of war; and Kirov is on the brink of a marriage of convenience with the daughter of Fleur's host.
From the sophistication of Imperial Petersburg to the rustic simplicity of the Crimea; from the elegant country house parties to the agony and squalor of besieged Sebastopol. Fleur follows her heart. All her qualities are tested to the full as through passion, betrayal and suffering, she seeks to unravel the mystery of Kirov, and to understand what it is that binds the threads of her life so closely to his.
FLEUR is the second volume of the Kirov Saga. Exemplary historical research combines with riveting romantic drama in the hands of a truly intelligent storyteller.