by Carolly Erickson
(To be released Sept. 30)
Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second eldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, escapes the cruel fate of the last of the Romanovs, and lives to tell her story of the Russian Revolution, World War I, and the fall of the last Tsar.
In contrast to The Romanov Bride, which I read and reviewed earlier this year, The Tsarina's Daughter, shows the struggles of Russia from the inside out. Tatiana's life was very insulated, and you feel her disconnection from the real world. Even when she starts venturing out delivering baskets of food to poverty-stricken workers and then later working in the hospital, you know, as does she, that so much more is going on than she ever hears about, sees, or experiences. This disconnect blunts some of the emotional impact that this story could have had. However, for a reader as unfamiliar with the history of Russia as I am, it was still an affecting glimpse into a world that is gone forever and allowed a comforting, if not happy, ending to a sad event.
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!