The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

Bringing over a review I wrote on Goodreads for a novel I finished reading in a day because I was so excited to read it and keep going as I was reading.

The Secret Daughter of the TsarThe Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This alternate history book was a real gem. Like a lot of people, the minute I learned the story of the last Romanovs and the subsequent people who claimed to be Anastasia, I was fascinated. Secret Daughter of the Tsar isn't about Anastasia, but a (fictional, obviously) fifth daughter of Nicholas and Alexandra.

The story unfolds through three different time periods--Imperial Russia in the early 20th century, Occupied Paris during WWII, and modern day Los Angeles. Lena, Charlotte, and Veronica are all strong female characters without devolving into the histrionics of a lot of "strong female characters." I found them to be fully dimensional women. It's lovely to read a historical fiction novel with women at the center.

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  1. Sounds pretty cool. I'm going to have to look into it. I loved the story of the Romanovs. I actually have the Anastasia DVD in my Amazon cart right now. :)

    1. It was a really good read! Very easy to read, a little mysterious, interesting characters. I love the story of the Romanovs, too. I think watching Anastasia is what made me seek out other stuff on them.

  2. This sounds super interesting! Might just have to put it on my reading list :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. It WAS super interesting. Great to have you back in the blog-o-sphere, Randi!


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