The bestselling tale of Romanov intrigue from the author of The Kitchen Boy
Book groups and historical fiction buffs have made Robert Alexander's two previous novels word-of-mouth favorites and national bestsellers. Set against a backdrop of Imperial Russia's twilight, The Romanov Bride has the same enduring appeal. The Grand Duchess Elisavyeta's story begins like a fairy...more
Alexander explores the two very different paths taken. For Pavel, the murder of his wife and unborn child leads him to revenge and hatred. At many times, he seems to be acting purely through the dir ...more
The book alternates chapters between Ella and Pavel’s perspectives. Ella reacts to the Russian Revolution and the assassination of her husband, the Governor General of Moscow, by retreating from her aristocratic roots and founding an abbey, hospital, and orpha ...more
I also love that he presents such a tumultous time in history in such an even handed way. He doesn't portray the Tsar and other Royals as perfectly evil or perfectly innocent. Neither does he portray the revolutionary activists as perfectly innocent or perfectly evil. He rea ...more
More than anything, I was disappointed by this book. I've read Robert Alexander's other two books, and they fascinated me from start to finish. The Kitchen Boy sparked my interest in the Romanovs, Rasputin, royalty, revolution and revenge. It was that interest that prompted me to pick this book up, but I'm sad to say it drained and pained me, and never really had me as hooked as the first two books.
I was initially intrigued by the alternating storylines - Ella and Pavel's views of their ...more
The novel is told in alternating viewpoints--Elisabeth or "Ella"--and Pavel, a fictional revolutionary whose life becomes entwined with Elisabeth's.
The history of the ...more
Princess Ella lives through the great Russian Revolution that occured during World W ...more
The fall of the Romanov’s has provided endless fascination among both authors and readers for many years. In this book Robert Alexander takes a look at one of the lesser-known Romanov’s, Elizabeth, sister to the Czarina and wife of Grand Duke Serge of Russia. While the life of this princess is indeed interesting, the execution is not as interesting as I had hoped.
I had heard good things about this author so I was looking forward to this book, but I was very disappointed. First the titl ...more
I have always been fascinated by the last Romanovs, their untimely and gruesome demise has constantly beckoned me to learn more about them and the fateful last days of their lives. In my mind and in the annals of history as well, they have taken on an almost mythical quality. I am constantly wondering numerous "what if's" when I think or read about them. "What if Russia had become a constitutional monarchy?" or "What if the Tsarina and the ch ...more
I can't tell if he had a good story on his hands or not, because I was too distracted by the awful dialogue and the unnecessary descriptions of people's clothing. It's re ...more
A história é-nos contada pela mão de duas personagens: Isabel (Ella), a irmã da czarina Alexandra e cunhada do czar Nicky e Pavel, um simples camponês a quem foi tirado a mulher e o filho, ainda por nascer, por culpa do imperador Nicolau II (no episódio do "Domingo Sangrento" em 1905) e devido à sua miséria e vontade de mudança vai abraçar a revolução. Somos ass ...more
Perhaps if the book had focused solely on "Ella" (as the heading of her chapters dubbed her), it would have been a better story. ...more
The historical record was used as much as possible, but this is a work of fiction. Pavel is certainly fictional, but Ella did exist and the story was mostly told from her poin ...more
The story is told in ...more
The Romanov Bride focuses on the tumultuous time before the October Revolution beginning in about 1904-05. The October Revolution and the ensuing Civil War are well known t ...more
In this robust historical set during the Romanov twilight, Alexander (_The Kitchen Boy_) chronicles the careers of two emblematic individuals—the real-life Grand Duchess Elisavyeta (Ella), sister of Alexandra, the last tsarina, and the fictional Pavel, a young revolutionary. The author's extensive knowledge of Russia allows him to invigorate the narrative with telling details that bring the aristocrat Ella, who eventually became an Orthodox saint, convincingly to life. Hi...more
Hoping to escape a life of abject povert ...more