I think it’s interesting that you mention gypsies while I have been doing a little browsing on the subject myself. It was for the most part well-written and I guess I did manage to enjoy it. But she didn’t ask him the obvious question, made no attempt to search out the why and the how. It’s a cop-out, and I for one felt cheated. The book is shorter, so I was less impatient, the character’s mission came before the romance so I became a bit more sympathetic to Sofia before she fell in love with Mikhail. I boughtthe book in an airport bookstore while I was away for a work conference. It was the kind of romance that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, and I for one, really enjoyed this element of the novel.

Like I said Her hand was starting to tremble, and Rafik could sense the layers of darkness descending on her mind. I am a true fan of Kate Furnivall. They did not dare to enter the barracks for fear to be contaminated and for that Corrie’s sister reminded her to be thankful! Haunting with its stark beauty, its rawness and even crude reality. Mar 16, Emilie rated it liked it. In the end, good prevails and I for one believe God is always there for those who believe!

Mar 04, Antoinette rated it did not like it Shelves: This one point, in an otherwise exciting novel, made me feel cheated. The addition of the gypsy family and the subsequent ending involving furniball was an odd and distracting aspect to the storyline. Kristen I would say no, a few sexual scenes, but think the entire subject matter would be very much lost on young kids.

Mystica introduced me to this interesting writer and I have already lined up another of her titles, ‘The Russian Concubine’. There is such an indepth sunopsis at hardships that the Russians were experiencing during the Cold War.

(Live and) Dream a Little Dream: The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall, Book review

Aside from this, I did enjoy the building romance of the book. Only two things in this wretched place keep Sofia from giving up hope: It was the kind of romance that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, and I for one, really enjoyed this element of the novel. Tangible broken hearts, hopes to return one day crushed repeatedly with time She’d kissed him farewell, a light brush of the lips, and with it everything cracked inside her.


Jun 29, Betty rated it it was amazing. The story takes many twists and turns as Sophia escapes to help her friend Anna who is sick. I had another saved to read by the author, but nope.

Only two things in this wretched place keep Sofia from giving up hope: After coming this far, Sofia furnuvall tantalizingly close to freedom, family—even a future. Heroine is more plot device than person Sofia doesn’t really have a lot of defining traits. Imprisoned in a Russian labor camp during the 30’s, Sofia is subjected to physical abuse and near starvation–finding comfort only in her friendship with Anna.

In a low whisper, she warned.

To delve in these mysteries brings only confusion to outsiders, perhaps even danger. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Red Scarf

Interesting piece of history. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. I really enjoyed the way this book was set up. I highly recommend this book.

Kate Furnivall | The Red Scarf

After coming this far, Sofia is tantalizingly close to freedom, family? Excellent book though even if subject not easy. Spare me the occult crap. There was absolutely no extra fluff anywhere in the story that I could tell. Although they were constantly putting their lives at risk and facing unimaginable horrors under Stalin’s communist regime, I found I didn’t really care what happened to them.

The storyline, involving a young woman trying to escape and rescue her friend from a labor camp in Siberia, was immediately appealing.

There are some plot holes, and ,ate writing is slightly clumsy thw places, but this was so much fun to read that I can easily forgive its flaws. Not only is there plenty of action, but great characters as well as some mystery and some mysticism as well. I was taught God’s hand is in everything and leave the unexplained in His hands!


Yet their love for Mother Russia is never to be doubted.

Of course, both could be possible. Feb 20, Mishelle LaBrash rated it really liked it. I enjoyed reading about the two main characters and the difference between their journeys. All that stands in her way is the secret past that could endanger everything she has come to hold dear As such when you find out paticular characters true identities.

Yes it’s backround is set in Russia, during Stalin’s reign. The whole plot was just too far-fetched for me. In addition, Furnivall tended to write things as happening and then either not explain why or the subsequent result AT ALL or she would suddenly bring it up pages later like “oh yeah, I forget to tell you I won’t spoil the ending, but I highly recommend it of you’re looking for a story with a book twist! What she wasn’t expecting was the love and excitement that this man would bring to her.

Shouldn’t her story have been clear enough without doing this? She peeled back each layer of pain, like stripping bark, and looked at what lay underneath. Admittedly, there furmivall not a lot of “action” initially in the book, but the development of the relationships between the characters was wonderful. It is like watching a movie which is in English but all the characters have a poor Russian accent–but they are speaking to other Russians.