From the back of the book:
In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history–an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar’s family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.
Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance–and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.
This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.
The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart is a marvelous combination of fascinating history, relatable family dynamics, thrilling treasure-hunting, and mystery woven throughout. The story captivated me from the very first page! I enjoyed learning more about Russian history – something with which I am not very familiar – and was drawn in by the masterful writing. In particular, the Fabergé history was fascinating and I looked up images of each egg she named, which added to my interest in the story. The author is skilled at bringing history to life while also telling a compelling story and I look forward to reading more of her work.