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"The Empress’ Gift is a stylish and gripping read.  Ellen Laubhan bewitches us with bold characters who are strong of heart and mind.  Her tale of the Volga wilderness, the trials and dangers faced by the intrepid German settlers who sought freedom there, fills a crucial gap

in European history.  I couldn’t put it down."

—Alyson Hagy

Author of eight books, including Scribe

“My wife and I both read your book and loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to have a peek at what life for these amazing pioneers was like.

It gave substance to the experiences our family had.”

—David Markgraf

Wisconsin Chapter, AHSGR

"This epic saga follows Lady Amila and two sibling serfs from their German home 2,000 miles to their new ‘home’ in an untamed wild frontier in Russia. This story has it all—envy, pride, greed, evil, danger, loss and love! This book kept my interest from the beginning to the exciting end. The author is immensely talented, and I hope that she will continue to write. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily."

—Anonymous Reviewer, BookSirens

"An amalgam of historical facts, riveting fiction, adventure and strength of spirit. Laubhan’s flair for tension and in-depth research coalesce in a way you don’t want to miss."

—Renee Cottrell

"Riveting! From start to finish, the author magically weaves the history of the German migration to the

Volga River into an exciting, dramatic adventure that you won't want to put down! Lady Amila's journey to start a new life in the untamed, wild frontier brings

to life the dangers settlers faced as they sought

a new beginning for themselves. A must read!"

—Anonymous Reviewer, Amazon

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