I have always loved Russian history. This book is fiction and proposes that Tatiana, the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia escaped the brutal massacre of her other family members by the Bolsheviks in l918. Most accounts say that the daugthter named Anastasia
was the daugher who excaped and later showed up in Europe claiming to be the last Romanov. The story here is very believable, and never claims to be factual. Carolly Erickson is a wonderful writer and her books are always well researchd and I found her account of life in the Tsar's household fascinating. It is hard to believe the indredible wealth and riches of this family as comppared to the miserable poverty of the average Russian family. Genny
Much Info on the Tsar's family. I found it kind of unbelievable that the family would let her have a relationship with a commoner. Could probably have condensed the story down somewhat.
Carolly Erickson does it again. Wonderful detail about all the revolutions going on in Russia at the time of the Romanov's.
This is a "what if" story-what would have happened to Tatiana had she lived. She unfortunately did die in July 1918-she was excuted in the basement of the home where they had been in prison for the last year.
If you like the movie Anastasia, you will like this book. Talks a little about her sister Anastasia as well as Rasputin.
Also the picture on the cover is the real Tatiana and the palace where they lived.
Even though I knew what happened to her and her family, I still enjoyed this book. Carolly Erickson is a favorite author of mine and can't wait for her next one.
Carolly Erickson has a way of entertwining history with fact & fiction. The Tsarina's Daughter is a great book about Tatiana Romanov, daughter of the Tsar/Tsarina of the Romanov empire of Russia, taking you from her childhood, her first love, her true love, Michael; life within the palace, the hours spent doing charity work, going through the ghettos of Petrogard, details of her family members, escape of her family to Siberia... After reading the book, read the prologue again. The book will all fall into place...
This was an enjoyable read of the fictional events in the Romanov household from the perspective of the second oldest daughter as well as her personal experiences both in and outside of the palace.
The passage of time was hard to follow and whenever she made a reference to her or one of her sibling's ages, I had to do some quick math and was often surprised by how much or how little time had passed.
The story follows Tatiana Romanov from about 6 years old until about 20 with references made to periods in her life before and after this. I was intrigued by the commentary on royal family relations and her observations of both the Russian family and the royal families of other countries such as England and Germany.