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I Was Anastasia Book Review

For more than a century, the fate of the Anastasia Romanov has remained a mystery. Was she murdered with her family in 1918? Or did she find a way to escape the massacre?

Ariel Lawhorn‘s 2018 novel, I was Anastasia, both asks and answers this question. It starts in the late 1960’s with a woman named Anna Anderson. The press has been hounding her, determined to get the truth from her. The book then flashes back and forth through time from the end of the Romanov rule to the 1920’s when a young woman is pulled from a canal. Though she claims to be Anastasia, there are many who believe her to be a con artist, a mental patient, or both.

The best word to describe this book was promise. It is a promise that failed. The ending was confusing and the author did not provide the response to the question she posed at the beggining of the novel.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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The Romanov Sisters Book Review

At the time of their births, The Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov were considered to be four of the luckiest young women in the world. They were enormously wealthy, intelligent, capable and the daughters of the Czar and Czarina of Russia. But none of them would live to see 25. They were killed in 1918 with their parents, their brother and several members of the royal entourage when the Communist revolution began to take over Russia.

Helen Rappaport’s new book,The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra focuses on the lives of Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov. She starts by tracing the lineage of their mother, Alexandra who was of the many granddaughters of Queen Victoria and their father, Nicholas.  She follows the Romanov family as it grows to four girls and one boy, Alexey, the treasured and sick heir to the throne.

The book is not a quick read. But that is not a bad thing. The time that the author took to research her subjects is obvious. Despite the fact the subjects of the book were killed nearly 100 years ago, they return to life in full color.

Do I recommend it? Sure.

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