Sapphire Skies (2015) by Belinda Alexandra


A love bigger than a war. A beautiful woman lost. A mystery unsolved … until now.

2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia’s Ukrainian border. The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. 

Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy. She becomes fascinated by the story of Natalya, and when she meets an elderly woman who claims to know the truth behind the rumours, Lily is drawn deeper into the mystery. 

From the pomp and purges of Stalin’s Russia through the horrors of war and beyond – secrets and lies, enduring love and terrible betrayal, sacrifice and redemption all combine in this sweeping saga from Belinda Alexandra.

Buy it here or borrow from Wiltshire Libraries.

This book will be discussed at our meeting on 20 March 2023

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Lee Jane Hawkes · 02/16/2023 at 5:38 pm

Sounds a very good read, can’t wait!

    Amanda Read · 02/23/2023 at 9:03 pm

    Yes, from Book Club previews, it sounds likely the cover doesn’t do this book justice.

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