Jennifer Laam is an author of historical fiction and suspense. To date, she has published three novels: The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, The Tsarina’s Legacy, and The Lost Season of Love and Snow, all from St. Martin’s Griffin. She is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management. Jennifer currently resides in California’s Central Valley, where she works for her alma mater, University of the Pacific, and presents lectures on historical imagination for Pacific’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. When she isn’t busy reading, writing, or promoting books, she spends her time obsessing over cosplay for San Diego Comic-Con and caring for a highly spoiled cat.
Enter the glamorous and ruthless world of the Russian court. Learn more about Alexander and Natalya and the other historical figures portrayed in The Lost Season of Love and Snow on "The Pushkins" page. You can hear me chat with Michelle Dunton about Alexander, Natalya, and Imperial Russia on Writing Fun.
Why did I choose to write about Natalya Goncharova Pushkina and how is her story relevant to women's history? Read my thoughts on how traditional histories have handled women's stories and the importance of historical fiction at YA Interrobang. More about Natalya and what inspired me at author Meghan Masterson's Book Addiction.
I love the beautiful cover art for the Slovenian translation of The Lost Season of Love and Snow! If you would like to learn a little more about the meaning and significance of the title and my motivation for writing Natalya's story, read my guest post at Jorie Loves a Story.
"The Lost Season of Love and Snow deftly weaves historical facts with rich, deep emotion, taking us inside the unforgettable love story between young beauty Natalya Goncharova and famed poet Alexander Pushkin. Jennifer Laam delivers a compelling portrait of a woman unfairly condemned not just for her own desires, but for the adoration of powerful men she could neither reject nor control. Laam makes love itself both the hero and the villain of this powerful story, delicately exploring its joys, delights and tensions as well as its tragic consequences." - Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise
"A captivating tale in which Natalya Pushkin is vividly imagined. The dramatic complexities of her personality, and of Imperial Russian society, are cleverly portrayed in this sensitive and skillfully written novel. Sure to enchant those who are already fans of Jennifer Laam, and fans of historical fiction." - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home.
"This hauntingly elegant tale of love and tragedy in Imperial Russia, as seen through the eyes of Pushkin's much-reviled wife, sweeps us up into the fatal glamour and deceptions of an era, the peril of choices, and one woman's resilient struggle to discover herself.' - C.W. Gortner, author of The Vatican Princess
"An evocative story of love and power, Jennifer Laam draws the reader deep into the heart of a resilient woman's struggle to hold her own in Imperial Russian society. Natalya Pushkin, a woman once adored, ridiculed, and since forgotten, is brought to life in this vibrant, skillfully woven tale." - Serena Burdick, author of Girl in the Afternoon