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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!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008


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.


Darlene said...

I've recently become more interested in the history of Russia-this may be an interesting read for me.

Ladytink_534 said...

I've seen several movies based on Anastasia (one of the best was Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna) but nothing about the rest of her siblings.

Lezlie said...

Dar ~ It would be a good starting point. It makes no assumptions that you know things. At least, I didn't feel like it did.

Ladytink ~ Another good one is "The Kitchen Boy" by Robert Alexander. You get to know more about the family there, too.


Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I've been wanting to read more about Russia and this sounds like just the thing! I've always loved the story of Anastasia (and secretly the cartoon musical!). I have a book called Stalin's Children coming to me, but this sounds much more interesting (in a different way).

Lezlie said...

Trish ~ This was a quick read, too, so it might be a nice appetizer for the subject!


Teddyree said...

I had this on my wishlist then a good friend read it & didnt enjoy it at all so I'm still undecided. Your review has me a little keener, might see if I can get it from the library.

Lezlie said...

Teddyree ~ My memories of this one are a little fuzzy now, but for some reason I'm remembering it as my favorite of hers. But getting it from the library is a good choice, just in case! :-)