“The Tsarina’s Daughter” by Carolly Erickson
I love Russian history. The over the top luxury in the pre-Revolution days was fascinating. And when the Revolution did hit, the changes were so extreme. Just like Dr. Zhivago, this story traces some of the characters of the day.
It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. But she is not who she claims to be–the widow of a Russian immigrant of modest means. In actuality she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, known as Tania to her parents, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. At the heart of the story is young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia. When her younger brother is diagnosed with hemophilia and the key to his survival lies in the mysterious power of the illiterate monk Rasputin, it is merely an omen of much worse things to come. Soon war breaks out and revolution sweeps the family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment in Siberia. Into Tania’s world comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from certain death.
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