Winner: 2013 IndieReader.com Discovery Award for General Fiction!!"History, suspense, romance-- The Romanov Stone has it all." - New York Times best-selling author Antoinette May
Her mother's deathbed revelation that she is a descendant of Nicholas II, Russia's last tsar, launches reclusive Kate Gavrill on a bold search for her family's lost fortune. But nothing is simple in the tragic history of the Romanov clan. Only by finding the rarest of precious gems--a fabulous, long-missing alexandrite--can Kate claim her treasure.
As she crisscrosses Europe, Kate's companion is gemologist Simon Blake. Though deeply attracted to each other, the pair must overcome Colombian jewel thieves, blood-thirsty Ukrainian mafiya, and a sinister cleric trained in mind control, each hoping to seize the Romanov Stone.
Historical characters play pivotal roles in The Romanov Stone. With his wife distracted by their son's illness and the dark 'priest' Rasputin, Nicholas II starts an affair with Moscow ballerina Anya Putyatin. Their love child, later killed by Bolsheviks, is the grandmother Kate never knew.
Haunted by her past, driven by a promise to her mother to restore their family's name, Kate risks all for a prize she may never attain.
Robert C. Yeager has written for The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Readers Digest, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Business Week and many others. His previous fiction won Top 100 selection in Amazon.com's worldwide Breakthrough Novel competition.