By James Conroyd Martin
A powerful epic, opposed to A purple SKY is an unforgettable story of affection, valor, and the iconic power of the human spirit, set opposed to the backdrop of war-torn Poland on the cusp of the 19th century.
The yr is 1794, and the attractive and resilient Countess Anna Maria Berezowska has narrowly escaped loss of life amidst the chaos as a result of the violent dissolution of Poland. Anna is quickly reunited along with her longtime love, Lord Jan Stelnicki, and the 2 fanatics marry while their liked nation is ripped aside. because the couple struggles to elevate a family members within the face of an doubtful destiny, Anna's capricious cousin Zofia returns with a shock of her personal. even though Zofia's earlier schemes nonetheless resonate, Anna's doubts flip to worry as Jan's patriotism attracts him to the battlefield.
Offering new desire for a conquered Poland, Napoléon Bonaparte arrives in all of his pomp and glory. as a result of new Polish legions~Anna's family and friends between them~Napoléon battles his means throughout Europe an attempt that culminates within the march into Moscow and the next doomed iciness retreat.
Against this backdrop, Anna and Jan valiantly struggle to carry directly to a tenuous happiness, their nation, and their very lives.
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