Paul brings to life this shunned and used young woman and helps us understand her in a way other books have not. Written in first person, she shares her fears, disappointments and ambitions in a personal, believable way, all the while following the history of Russia very closely. Val Walker
At the Vasari castle, she is given powders, perfumes, and gowns of silk. But for these fineries Margharita pays a dear price. Vasari beats her, viciously and without warning, even when she becomes pregnant. Slowly, Margharita's fate is revealted to her along with the reason that she will forever be known as the Barefooted One.
But when Dr. Gladstone finds evidence suggesting otherwise in her autopshy of the late earl, her inquires lead her into a web of scandal and deceit.
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