Saturday, 14 January 2012

Review: Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap

I have always been curious about the last Russian Royal family and although this book is not completely what really what happened to Anastasia it just is a book where we can find comfort to know she was able to live her life to it's fullest and experience love even through rough times. Even today the murder of the youngest Grand Duchess is questioned, did she manage to escape the massacre? I'm sorry to say that I do not believe so but it would be nice to think that maybe she some how did.

This book starts of with an introduction to the main characters which is helpful and interesting. The book is manly around the time the imperial family was in exile. Although once I had finished this book I was mightily impressed with the research and accuracy of the events and pleased with the obvious research done in this book. I however was disappointed with the lack of reality the romance between Anastasia and Sasha held, she was the captive and he was the guard, he could of helped her and her family in many ways but he never risked it. At times Sasha seems cold and mean and talks cruelly of Anastasia's family and let me tell you if any person, no matter my feelings towards them said half the things Sasha said to Anastasia about her family I would NOT let him off so lightly. Other then that it was nice to think Anastasia found love in what was an obvious difficult time for her and her family.

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonising slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death? 
Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life-and love story-of Russia's last princess.

For anyone into historical fiction and the life of Anastasia I would defiantly recommend this book.

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