Moonlight In Odessa

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0120100215

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria is a young woman just out of university with an engineering degree and perfect English.

However, in Odessa impeccable qualifications alone are no guarantee of a good job.

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Daria is just out of university with an engineering degree and perfect English.

02*20100216

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria is desperate not to lose her much-cherished job but just as determined not to sleep with her boss, so she recruits an old friend to help her - with unexpected results.

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Daria is desperate not to lose her job but just as determined not to sleep with her boss.

0320100217

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria, uncertain of her future with the shipping firm, starts to moonlight for the Soviet Unions dating agency, translating for lovelorn Americans searching for a beautiful Ukrainian bride.

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Daria starts moonlighting for the Soviet Union's dating agency.

04*20100218

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria's plan to distract her boss, Mr Harmon, has worked so well that he is now besotted with her former friend Olga, who in turn is uncontrollably jealous of Daria.

Daria's reaction is somewhat unexpected.

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Daria's plan to distract her boss has worked so well that he is now besotted with Olga.

05*20100219

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles' debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

When Mr Harmon wants to give Daria's job to Olga, Daria makes him a deal: she'll take six weeks off to prove to Harmon that he can't cope without her.

She spends those six weeks working at the dating agency.

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When Mr Harmon wants to give Daria's job to Olga, Daria makes him a deal.

06*20100222

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles' debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

When Daria's mafia suitor Vlad fails to call her after their night together, she turns her back on Ukrainian men and contacts Tristan in the United States, who wastes no time in jumping on a plane bound for Odessa and their first meeting.

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Daria turns her back on Ukrainian men and contacts Tristan in the United States.

07*20100223

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles' debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria rejects Vlad's offer of marriage, choosing instead to fly to America and join Tristan in the life she has dreamt of for so long.

But when he too proposes marriage, she hesitates.

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Daria rejects Vlad's offer of marriage, choosing instead to join Tristan in America.

0820100224

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles' debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria and Tristan have not been married long when she learns that he has lied to her: he is not a teacher, but a school janitor.

Then she meets Anna, a Polish girl who, like Daria, also wanted to live the American dream.

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Daria learns that Tristan has lied to her: he is not a teacher, but a school janitor.

0920100225

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria is becoming increasingly disenchanted with life in California, and her unhappiness is compounded by her failure to become pregnant.

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Daria's unhappiness in California is compounded by her failure to become pregnant.

10 LAST*20100226

Jane Collingwood reads from Janet Skeslien Charles's debut novel, set in the Ukraine.

Daria makes some important decisions about the future, including a separation from Tristan, which he violently opposes.

But help is at hand from a most unlikely source.

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Daria makes some important decisions about the future, including a separation from Tristan