When Fabergé specialist Assia Wynfield learns of the discovery of a long-lost Fabergé egg made for the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, she appears to be the only person with misgivings. On travelling to St. Petersburg to see the egg, Assia moves among Russia’s new rich but finds herself pulled back into a family past she would rather forget. With news that a friend is missing, Assia starts to dig deeper. But does she really want the answers to the questions she is asking? Set in today’s glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Olga’s Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them.
Extract from Olga’s Egg
Set them, Lord, in bright places of light, in places of green pasture, in places of rest whence all pain, sorrow and sighing have fled away, and where the light of Thy countenance shineth and gladeneth forever all Thy saints.
Grant unto them Thy Kingdom and participation in Thine ineffable and eternal blessings, and to delight in Thine unending and blessed life.
For Thou art the Life, the Resurrection and the Repose of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and we render glory to Thee, with Thine Eternal Father, and with Thine All-holy, Gracious and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever and unto ages of ages.
Father Alexei’s voice was not deep but it was strong and sure. Finishing the prayer, he raised his head to behold the icon of the Vladimir Mother of God before describing the Sign of the Cross, sinking to his knees and prostrating himself so that his knuckles shone white as he clenched his fists on the cold floor. He stayed there for longer than necessary before getting up and moving towards her image. The flames of the candles flickered as he approached and her face was dappled with the light, her eyes alive with tears. He closed his eyes and kissed her.
Sophie Law was born in London in 1981 and studied at Oxford University and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She began her career as a Russian art expert at Bonhams in 2006. After a number of years heading the Russian department and as a UK Board Director at Bonhams, she now acts as a consultant specialist. She lives with her husband and daughter in Oxford.