Invitation to a Bonfire

Invitation to a Bonfire

The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core. In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya strugg The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psyc...

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Title:Invitation to a Bonfire
Author:Adrienne Celt
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1635571529
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews

  • Elyse
    Jan 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

  • Barbara
    Apr 30, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

    The edition I read isn't here. Anyway, as a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, I had to read this literary thriller, which was inspired by his life and marriage. It follows the life of Zoya, a young Russian, in the 1920s and 1930s. Daughter of communist parents who are destroyed by Stalin?s re...

    Celt has fashioned a tricky teaser of a story in this novel framed around the age old theme of a love triangle. Zoya leaves the Soviet Union of the 1920s as an orphan who lands a scholarship at an exclusive girls' boarding school in New Jersey where her classmates make it clear to her ...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

  • Annie
    May 01, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

    The edition I read isn't here. Anyway, as a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, I had to read this literary thriller, which was inspired by his life and marriage. It follows the life of Zoya, a young Russian, in the 1920s and 1930s. Daughter of communist parents who are destroyed by Stalin?s re...

    Celt has fashioned a tricky teaser of a story in this novel framed around the age old theme of a love triangle. Zoya leaves the Soviet Union of the 1920s as an orphan who lands a scholarship at an exclusive girls' boarding school in New Jersey where her classmates make it clear to her ...

    I have a special place in my heart for characters who are lonely enough to be duped by people who pretend to love them. I always end up reading the book with my heart in my mouth, wanting to reach into the book to warn the lonely character. Reading Invitation to a Bonfire, by Adrienne ...

  • Candace
    Mar 14, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 05, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

  • Elissa
    Jan 27, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

  • Katie
    May 22, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Apr 14, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

  • Bandit
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

  • Castille
    Mar 02, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

    The edition I read isn't here. Anyway, as a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, I had to read this literary thriller, which was inspired by his life and marriage. It follows the life of Zoya, a young Russian, in the 1920s and 1930s. Daughter of communist parents who are destroyed by Stalin?s re...

    Celt has fashioned a tricky teaser of a story in this novel framed around the age old theme of a love triangle. Zoya leaves the Soviet Union of the 1920s as an orphan who lands a scholarship at an exclusive girls' boarding school in New Jersey where her classmates make it clear to her ...

    I have a special place in my heart for characters who are lonely enough to be duped by people who pretend to love them. I always end up reading the book with my heart in my mouth, wanting to reach into the book to warn the lonely character. Reading Invitation to a Bonfire, by Adrienne ...

    3.5/5-- Invitation to a Bonfire is a solid book, but it's wishy washy in terms of where it fits in any sort of literary catalogue. It's nearly literary fiction, but not quite so heady. So then is it mystery fiction? Not quite that, either. It falls kind of in a no-man's-land between th...

  • Aida Alberto
    Jun 07, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

  • Bonnie
    Jun 17, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

  • Bam
    Jun 07, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

  • Mercedes
    Feb 10, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

  • Kathleen Gray
    May 26, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

  • nikkia neil
    May 07, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

  • Janelle
    Jul 09, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

  • Theresa Smith Writes
    Jul 13, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

  • Megan Bell
    Feb 13, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

  • Latkins
    Apr 28, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

    The edition I read isn't here. Anyway, as a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, I had to read this literary thriller, which was inspired by his life and marriage. It follows the life of Zoya, a young Russian, in the 1920s and 1930s. Daughter of communist parents who are destroyed by Stalin?s re...

  • Nancy
    Mar 24, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    May 20, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Jun 02, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

  • Sarah
    Jun 13, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Kendall
    May 06, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

  • Anita
    Jun 11, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

  • Tammy
    Feb 17, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

  • Sarah
    Apr 20, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

  • Katie
    Mar 19, 2018

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, ?WOW?! Immediately I?m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018! NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because I LOVE THIS BOOK....A FAVORITE!!! - I STAYED AWAY FROM ALL JUICY SPOILERS- even ?...

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ? ? ? ? This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union who has enrolled in an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. It?s the 192...

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most important parts of this tale. Zoya, a Russian immigrant and orphan, lands at a prestigi...

    *4.5 stars rounded up. "'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'" How could a virtually friendless young woman, alone in the world, not fall for an older man, a famous Russian nov...

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn't deliver in either genre. It was a tad bit TOO much history for me.... and I just ...

    Adrienne Celt?s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guessing, and I can heartily recommend it to all types of readers, whether you are a fan of...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen history that rests on my shoulders. If I don?t let out some of that air, I think I wil...

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revolution, had died soon after "the new and glorious union of our country," like everyone ...

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intriguing marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nobokov. Knowing Nabokov?s predilection for ch...

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER ...

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded great, so I figured I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, I just could NOT get into it. I've spent the last three days trying to read this book. I thought for SURE I must be almost half-way through it, but when I looked and saw I w...

    Review to come ...

    This one intrigued me from the get go. It had entirely too many elements I?m interested in (historical fiction, immigration, author, books, current and old manuscripts) to ignore. I?m actually quite surprise I didn?t end up loving this one, this is more of a strong like and appre...

    This one comes out of nowhere and gets under your skin. Zoya Andropova comes over from Russia as a young orphan, dropped into an all-girls boarding school in 1920s New Jersey. Zoya is alienated and alone when her favorite Russian novelist arrives with his beautiful, aristocratic, calcu...

    Adrienne Celt writes beautifully lyrically her first novel The Daughters drew me in swept me away .Invitation to a Bonfire had the same effect,A psychological thriller a love triangle based on the Nabokov marriage & Zoya the young mysterious refugee from the Soviet Union .Will be r...

    This was a great read! Loosely based on the troubled Nabokov marriage, it was a thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a little bit of single white female thrown in for good measure. Adrienne Celt expertly weaves a story that made it hard for me to put this down. She even manages ...

    The revolution and following turmoil made an orphan of Zoya Andropova. Therefore, she like so many other kids comes to the USA as an orphan and is welcomed in a New Jersey boarding school. She never belongs even though she quickly acquires the language and gets good marks. After her sc...

    Yowsa. Based on the trouble (to say the least) Nabakov marriage and written loosely in his style, this packs a lot into a fairly slim volume. Arguably it's historical fiction- and in a very narrow niche- but it's also a psychological study of three people who really should have been se...

    2.5 * Like so many other reviewers, I wanted to like this novel but found that I really didn't. For me it was that it lacked a cohesive sense of time and place. It's supposed to take place in the 1920s, but the clothes, hair, technology, traditions seem to belong in the 1950s. Zoya'...

    Thanks Bloomsbury USA and netgalley for this ARC. This book will keep you reading all night long. You wont know which way is up and down at the end but you'll be satisfied. ...

    ?My mother told me to take cues from my betters. Learn their habits, and track them like deer in a live wood. Keep watch of their movements, and, if it helps, imagine you?ve tied a line of bright yarn to one ankle to make their path clear.? There?s a very definite Talented M...

    I was really expecting to like this book as a fan of historical fiction. But it fell flat. I?m okay with suspending some belief to accommodate fiction but here are the things I couldn?t get past: 1. It doesn?t have a 1920s feel about it. I expected to be transported to that ti...

    DNF. I tried to push through to get to the passionate love triangle, which sounded very interesting to me, but I got so bored during the childhood/school parts that I lost interest. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Short Summary: The tepid tale of a love triangle gone wrong (although do any of them ever go right?) that was inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov's marriage. Thoughts: The summary makes it easy to go into this novel with certain expectations (seductive story, spellbinding psychol...

    I received an adavanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Wow what a wonderful and well told story. This story is going to appeal to a large amount of different people and it's definitely one that you need to pick up now. Looking forward to reading mo...

    The edition I read isn't here. Anyway, as a fan of Vladimir Nabokov, I had to read this literary thriller, which was inspired by his life and marriage. It follows the life of Zoya, a young Russian, in the 1920s and 1930s. Daughter of communist parents who are destroyed by Stalin?s re...

    Celt has fashioned a tricky teaser of a story in this novel framed around the age old theme of a love triangle. Zoya leaves the Soviet Union of the 1920s as an orphan who lands a scholarship at an exclusive girls' boarding school in New Jersey where her classmates make it clear to her ...

    I have a special place in my heart for characters who are lonely enough to be duped by people who pretend to love them. I always end up reading the book with my heart in my mouth, wanting to reach into the book to warn the lonely character. Reading Invitation to a Bonfire, by Adrienne ...

    3.5/5-- Invitation to a Bonfire is a solid book, but it's wishy washy in terms of where it fits in any sort of literary catalogue. It's nearly literary fiction, but not quite so heady. So then is it mystery fiction? Not quite that, either. It falls kind of in a no-man's-land between th...

    This book was a sloooow burn kind of suspense so it was hard for me to get into it. However the writing was beautiful and poetic. It wasn't exactly thrilling but extremely mysterious and at times ambiguous. I enjoyed it enough but not really my cup of tea. I received an ARC for this...