Meg Roberts fell in love with Russian KGB agent Konstantin Rudenko, he begged Meg to stay in Russia and marry him. But unlike most books when the woman goes to a foreign country and meets a man she usually marries him. Not Meg, she refuses to marry Kon. Instead she goes back to the USA and finds she is going to have a baby.
Now that baby is six years old and Meg takes her to see the ballet The Nutcracker, little Anna loves the play. But as they are leaving the building a man stops them. The man is Kon, but now his name is Gary Johnson. He has defected to America. His real name is Dimitri Leonovitch, the KGB renamed him when they kidnapped him when he was a small child, and gave him the name of Konstanin Rudenko.
Now all he wants is to have his little girl and Meg, with him.
But Meg doesn't trust him, she first thinks Kon has come to take Anna back to Russia. But Kon has come to stay, in fact he has bought a house and gotten a career as a writer, and he is doing well.
Meg still won't trust him. He gets Meg to marry him because Anna wants her daddy to be with her all the time.
Then they marry and moves into Kon's house with his two dogs.
But when he takes Anna for a walk, Meg panics and calls the police.
Only to find Kon (Gary) and Anna had stopped at a lonely old man's house to invite him to Christmas dinner.
One of the people reviewing the book, points out to us dummies that this isn't the real Nutcracker story, but unless Ms Winters is into Plagiarism I don't think she would write the same story as the original. From the back of the book: '"Are you really my daddy" Anna wriggled loose form her mother's grip and gazed up at Can. "You look just like the Nutcracker Prince in my storybook!"
Meg was shaken by the stars in her daughter's eyes, shaken by this new threat to her own fragile emotions and hard-won independence. But she knew it was too late...
"My mommy told me my daddy lives in Russia and can't ever come to visit," Anna Confided to Can in a loud whisper.
"Well, your mommy is wrong, Anochka. I'm your daddy and I've always loved you, even though we've never met and I lived far away. But now I'm finally here, in America." Can glanced at Meg. She couldn't, wouldn't, meet his eyes. "I'm looking forward to our first Christmas together, Anochka. As a family"'
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU (1 October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263159515
- ISBN-13: 978-0263159516
- Boxed-product Weight: 789 g
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