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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 fa...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Penguin Books
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Wendy
I invoked the Rule of 50, and therefore only read the first 53 pages. It was really all I could stomach. This man writes like a fourth-grader--he clearly has no understanding of the way people talk, or if he does, his idea of how people spoke at the turn of the century is just laughable. It's very stilted and contrived dialogue.

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
Kristin Lee Williams
What I love about Robert Alexander is the fantastic historical detail he includes in his novels. I love that he uses the diaries and letters of his characters so that he can use their actual words and language in his novels.

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
Danielle
May 23, 2008 Danielle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, Russian history buffs
Shelves: historical-novel
This is the third book from Robert Alexander, and like the two previous books, it is set during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. This book follows the paths of two victims of tragedy; Pavel, the worker turned revolutionary assassin, and Ella, sister to the Empress Alexandra and Romanov princess.

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
Sarah
If I hadn't been sitting in an airport with nothing to do, I wouldn't have bothered finishing this. It would be okay for someone who hasn't read tons and tons about European monarchy and the Russian revolution. It wasn't historically inaccurate, just intellectually scaled down for a precocious fifth grader.
Linda
Book No: 7
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
Barbara
This is the story of the life of Princes Elisavyeta, Grand Duchess in the tsarist Russia. It was helpful that I had read "King Kaiser Tsar" prior to this book. What makes it so fascinating is the relationships that exist between all the characters. Ella (her "English" name is also the sister of the Tsarina Alexandra and both of them were graddaughters of Queen Victoria and hence first cousins of Kaiser Wilhelm!!!
Princess Ella lives through the great Russian Revolution that occured during World W...more
Carol
Gostei muito de ler A Noiva Romanov, pois sempre me fascinou muito a história dos czares da Rússia, que é a época retratada neste livro.

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
Rebecca
May 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Louise
My perfect idea of a vacation is what I have experienced so far over the last three days: a beautiful beach, good food, and unlimited historical fiction. The Romanov Bride is not the best piece of literature I have ever read, but it was an absorbing easy beach read. I had never heard of The Grand Duchess Elisavyeta who was the sister of doomed Tsarina of Russia at the time of the Revolution and was married to the Tsar’s uncle, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Her story is so tragic yet gripp...more
Caroline
Historical novel based on the real-life Grand Duchess Elisabeth Romanov. She was the older sister of the Tsarina Alexandra and her husband, Sergei Alexandrovich, was the Tsar's cousin. After her husband's death, she became a nun. After the Bolshevik revolution, she, along with other members of the Romanov family, was killed in 1918.

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
Abbi
This book tells the incredible story of a member of the last ruling family of Russia, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna. I'm surprised I'd never heard of her before--the only member of the Romanov family that was familiar to me was Anastasia, but Elizabeth's story is so much more compelling! After her husband was assassinated during the tumult of the Russian Revolution, she gave up all she possessed to serve the poor and needy. She lived a life of simplicity, sacrifice, and service for the last...more
Melissa Namba
I enjoyed reading this book and loved the small insights it gave me into Russian history, of which I know nothing. I have read some other reviews that indicated that the writing was subpar and too accessible and I disagree. There is nothing wrong with making a story accessible and the writing was not juvenile or stilted by any means. I feel like the title is a little misleading because I thought the book would focus on her younger years and maybe the first few years of being married. I understan...more
Havebooks Willread
Mar 12, 2014 Havebooks Willread rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Havebooks by: Carrie B.
The Romanov Bride was back to the late-night-inducing quality of The Kitchen Boy. In addition to Alexander's admirable attention to historical detail (even to the point of quoting from the Grand Duchess's historical letters, diaries, and other documents), he successfully rounds out each of his characters. Grand Duke Sergei is a thoroughly unlikable fellow, yet through his wife's eyes, the reader can't help feeling compassion for the circumstances that influenced the man he became. Elisavyeta her...more
Jen
I really only read this novel by Alexander to get some more background on the Russian Revolution. Ultimately, he is a disappointing writer. He knows his Russian history, but knowledge does not necessarily make a good author. Elizaveth was an interesting person and had a fascinating life, but the story as told here is emotionally quite dull.
Agnieszka
Easy to read historical fiction... even if you don't know a lot about the historical period. History is well done, never boring or overwhelming. The characters seem a little clichéd, but again... easy read which draws you into story.
Laura
For a fascinating era, this historical fiction felt unimaginative and shallowly investigated. It made me want to research Russian history, but it didn't make me want to read anything else by this author.
Robert Alexander
Apr 08, 2008 Robert Alexander rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction and lovers of Russian history
I loved working on this book and I hope it shows. I'll be talking about it on my live webcasts:
http://www.sitestories.com/theromanov...
Laura
Interesting, but sad, as most stories from this time period are. The narrative style was effective but sometimes a little annoying.
Bridget
Booooooring! I would have been better off reading the Wikipedia article on Elisabeth Fyodorovna.
Katie
As much as I loved The Kitchen Boy, I have to say I mostly endured The Romanov Bride. I have read many stories of the more famous Romanovs — Nicholas, Alexandra and their children — but had only heard of this older sister of the Empress as a passing mention in some of the other books. So I was intrigued by the chance to read a story focused on the lesser-known sister.

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
Gen
A powerfully and masterfully written book. Great, simple but evocative narrative. Wonderful character development. Gripping story and writing style. It's the kind of book that if i had the luxury of a few hours straight of reading time (instead of stolen moments of 5-10mins in between chores and work), i would have finished it in one sitting. His lead characters Grand Duchess Elisabeth and Pavel were so intricately crafted that in the course of reading the book, i felt like they never left me. I...more
Cassy
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Jessica
2.5 stars

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
Cassandra
Hubby wandered down the rows at the library and pulled out titles he thought would interest me. This one attracted his attention first because of the title, then because of the cover, and finally due to the description of the book. I read the description, saw that it was about Russian royalty around 1900 and decided to give it a try.

I know nothing about Russia. The history books paint Russia as a "bad" country but don't explain much beyond "they are violent and have a corrupt government." Well,...more
Megan Marie
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Chana


Isn't this a sad book? A sad piece of history, that just keeps getting repeated throughout history, different players, same story.
This is the story of the Grand Duchess Elisavyeta, sister of the wife of Tsar Nicholas; and a peasant turned terrorist for the sake of the revolution after his wife is killed on Bloody Sunday.
The Grand Duchess was a good person (she has since been made a saint), most of the royals were, they were just born into their place in life as were the peasants. But the peasant...more
Savanna
At first, I was wary of the alternating points of view, because it seemed too much of a contrast between a Romanov grand duchess and a revolutionary for one person to successfully write both. But I think it worked out quite well, because the reader sees both sides of the issues which led to the Russian Revolution. After years of Soviet propaganda demonizing the Romanovs, and years of surviving Romanovs demonizing the revolutionaries, I think that such perspective is important.

I learned a lot ab...more
Hooma
I am hovering between giving this book 2.5 or 3 stars.

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
Susan
A historical novel set in Russia during the beginning of the 2oth century chronicles the lives of two individuals—the real-life Grand Duchess Elisavyeta (Ella), sister of Alexandra, the last tsarina, and the fictional Pavel, a revolutionary who has lost his wife to the bullets of the czar’s soldiers. Convincingly researched with extensive detail from the life of the grand duchess, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who lived an extraordinarily privileged life until her husband was assassinated....more
Jessica
I've always thought the Russian revolution was one of the saddest modern events in world history. Perfectly understandable, given the extreme disparity between the rich and the poor, but still sad. And since it didn't make things better for the majority of the country, it is even more of a loss.
This book tells the story of the revolution, very briefly, and through the eyes of Grand Duchess Ella and the revolutionist Pavel.
I felt this book was far too short. I would rather have had a longer book...more
Amanda
The Russian Revolution saw the established Russian society swept away. With those at the top, the ruling Romanov family feeling the brunt of ill-feeling from the downtrodden peasant population. The story is narrated by Pavel, a peasant turned revolutionary, and Ella, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, the sister of the Tsarina. Ella's husband Sergei is the uncle of the Tsar, and a conservative proponent of maintaining the order of society. His assassination, brings Ella out from her glittering life as a s...more
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Robert Alexander is the author of the bestselling novels Rasputin's Daughter, The Kitchen Boy, and the forthcoming The Romanov Bride. He has spent over thirty years traveling to Russia, where he has studied and also worked for the U.S. government. He speaks frequently to book clubs, and the schedule for his live video webcasts can be found at his website: http://www.robertalexanderbooks.com
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