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.