The title : “Seven Days In Lebanon.”
The setting : A frigid St. Petersburg, Russia, 1917.
The plot : With Bolsheviks on a hunt to destroy all aristocrats, 18-year-old Olga Von Eggert is forced to leave her country but fails to arrive at the point of departure. Thanks to the intervention of a Prima Ballerina, the Khan of Kiva is notified of the young woman’s peril. Decades later, related events unfold : an antique diary written in Russian is discovered and translated, a search is undertaken for its rightful heir and the only living descendant is located in Lebanon, Ohio. (Derived from Amazon.com)
The author : Liberty Township’s Eleanor Tremayne, the granddaughter of Olga Von Eggert Khadjieff, upon whom the gripping novel is based.
Familiarity creates characters
“She was an amazing lady,” Tremayne says of the real Olga. “At 18 years old she was a doctor. At that time it took less time in medical school. Her father was also a physician. When the Bolsheviks took control of St. Petersburg, Olga’s parents made arrangements for her to join a Prima Ballerinas entourage.
“She was captured before she made it, and was facing a firing squad, about to die, when a sergeant recognized her doctor’s cross,” Tremayne continues. “Her life was spared so that she could care for those same soldiers who wanted to kill her. After 18 months, she was rescued by a Cossack sent from the Prince of Kiva, a friend of the Ballerina.”
Olga’s astonishing story doesn’t end there.
“She then had to travel with the Cossack soldier to a port, still avoiding the Bolshevik army,” the local author recalls. “When she boarded the ship safely she met the Prince (the last Prince of Kiva) who was also exiling from Russia. Within seven days they were married in India.”
Tremayne then added the teaser :“The rest of her life is just as interesting, but you will need to read the book to see what happens next.”
It’s no surprise that Tremayne, a California native who’s lived in Liberty Township for the past eleven years, embraced her grandmother’s experience as the perfect plot for a novel. All of her characters “begin as various people I have known my entire life,” she says.
“From relatives to close friends, associates and even strangers that I may only meet for a short time...Combined with a plethora of literary personas, my mind blends them all together until I have the perfect combination needed” for her characters, says Tremayne, who has a Master’s Degree in Literature and has taught Advanced Placement English and Creative Writing on the high school and college levels.