It’s the story of a man who's ready to use everything and everyone - his women and his friends - in the pursuit of riches and power, because for him, any means justifies the end.
A fairytale romance blossoms set against a backdrop of pre-perestroika Russia as it emerges from decades of bleakness. Join a star-struck couple on a wild ride from their Soviet homeland to Canada, back to Russia and then to Cyprus.
Anton, handsome, talented and with fortune seemingly smiling on him, meets Nina, a beautiful and talented singer. They fall in love and marry in a matter of months, anxious to enjoy a bright and promising future. But real life quickly sets in. A musician's life isn't easy and the grasp for success painful. While Nina is prepared to work hard, knowing instant stardom is unrealistic, Anton feels entitled to fame and everything with it: money, luxuries and fawning fans.
When his dream fails to materialize in the dismal Soviet Union, he convinces Nina to emigrate to Canada and join friends they studied with.
A journey filled with love and promise turns into contentment and happiness for one person – and a spiral of destructive narcissism for the other.
I was going to call this book "Nina". I started writing it show how one man could destroy a woman - while another could elevate her to glory. Then I began to wonder what would happen to a man like Anton when he realizes his discarded wife has become more successful than him? It became obvious he would become a real scoundrel and a miscreant.
The second part of this book is about how a human soul unravels and degrades. It’s the story of a man who's ready to use everything and everyone - his women and his friends - in the pursuit of riches and power, because for him, any means justifies the end.
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"Why do I like reading Elena’s books? Elena has created her own writing style that always finds that golden middle between too much description – and getting the story out."