(Just a heads up... for some reason Blogger still doesn't like it when I capitalize the letter z. Very frustrating.)
I honestly don't remember a lot about her. She is the title character in a Danielle Steele novel I read many many many years ago. I remember that it an 'Anastasia' story, and zoya was believed to be the only surviving daughter of Czar Nicholas II. I remember there were scenes in Russia, Paris, and New York. But, that's really all I recall of the story.
What makes her so memorable for me was when and where I encountered her story. I was 15 years old, and in Germany as an exchange student. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but for someone who needs to have books around just for comfort, I only packed two novels for the entire three month trip. At this point in my life, two novels might have been enough, but not back then.
I had read and reread the two I had about three times, when my exchange partner's older sister, who had just gotten back from a trip to the US and had brought this novel back with her (along with a few Agatha Christies). I devoured it. It was the first time I had read a Steele novel, and the romance appealed to me. I'm really not a fan of her work now, but back then, it was so nice and comforting to find something I enjoyed and could actually read.
What book or author has surprised you most? Was it one that you were shocked to find that you liked it? Or was it a favourite author who disappointed you?