Set against a backdrop of the collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Bride From Moscow follows the travails of a young Russian woman who seeks happiness and a better life in Australia. Like many other women from war-torn countries, Natasha is lured by the promise of a better life and a happy marriage with a Western man she hardly knows. However, shea has escaped the political and cultural upheaval in her own country only to find more tragedy in Melbourne. Here she
finds herself unwittingly tangled in a web of intrigue involving reptile and bird smuggling, mistrust from the authorities and a mystery of her husband disappearance, that turned out to be a murder mystery.
She finds refuge only in a women’s shelter and must struggle to survive and prove her integrity. It is her destiny that is at stake, and the novel climaxes as Natasha takes matters into her own hands.
The novel turns upon Natasha’s dilemma: to reveal the information that can damage the people who could hurt her, or forever play the ignorant victim. Both choices are fraught with danger and consequence. Throughout all that drama Natasha must draw on her inherent honesty and commitment to a cause. Her growing sense of self is assisted by a freer atmosphere. Now she is capable to make a decision that earlier would be unthinkable to her.
First time in her life Natasha experiences how it feels to be free from fear. She has done what she believes is fair towards her new country and to herself. And then her life has changed dramatically – again – when she rekindles her love with Boris.
Meanwhile her son, now a young man, falls in love with Melissa, a farmer’s daughter and has gone to living with her and working on a farm.
The elaborate plot and rapid changes of events and sceneries will keep you on your toes until the very unexpected end.