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Review: Gorgito's Ice Rink

Gorgito's Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine's 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards. Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can keeping a new promise make up for breaking an old 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? A story of love, loss and broken promises. Gorgito's story, told through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.

Review –

A lovely book based on family drama in Russia over several generations. I really enjoyed the dance through history. I’ve often heard that you should tell the biggest story you can in the smallest possible way. Ms. Ducie truly achieves this objective by bringing us a likable cast of characters being tossed about by history. 

The multiple timelines can be confusing at times. The author does a good job with orienting each switch - sometimes I just read too fast and got lost for a moment. This book is so readable that it lulls you into forgetting how deep the themes really are. The easy prose creates a readable story that flies by. It almost took effort to remind myself that the details would matter (and they did). 

It’s a beautiful book and I wish it a very happy birthday. 

Purchase Links –

Website: http://elizabethducieauthor.co.uk/book/gorgitos-ice-rink/

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

Author Bio – When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for 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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