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The Romanov Bride

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,598 ratings  ·  309 reviews
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
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Penguin Books
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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
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
Knowing little about the Russian Revolution, I found this fascinating. The attention to detail was exceptional, and the author note indicated he quoted actual records when possible. This was done seamlessly without interrupting the narrative. The historical speculation was wonderful. I also enjoyed the alternating points of view.
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
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

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

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
The Revolution is on,the war with Wilhelm is starving the people in Russia and they have taken to the streets,looting the stores,breaking the windows. The terrorists and murderers among them have started to assassinate members of the aristocracy and spread lies and propaganda to further incite the people against the czar and his extended Romanov family.Based on the true story of the life and death of Grand Duchess Elisavyeta Fyodorovna,born a German princess and granddaughter to Queen Victoria, ...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
3 1/2 stars. I have always been fascinated with the story of the Romanov Family. Along with Russian History itself.
This was Grand Grand Duchess Elisavyeta's story, sister of Empress Alexandra.

Marring a Romanov man, who controls her every move and decision, she falls in love with Russia and her people. This is her story told about the Russian revolutions through her eyes. She tells how she lives, and ultimately dies, through them.

They tell you that every situation has two sides. This is one th
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.
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.
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.
Russian history is a beast, but Alexander succeeds in keeping the scope manageable in this novel. He chose an excellent real-life character to tell the story of this particular era (one who left plenty of documents for historical accuracy) and a fictional revolutionary. The bride of the title is a fascinating person: a German princess, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, sister of the last tsarina. When her husband (the Grand Duke) is assassinated, she gives up her fancy lifestyle and her riches an ...more
Interesting, but sad, as most stories from this time period are. The narrative style was effective but sometimes a little annoying.
Booooooring! I would have been better off reading the Wikipedia article on Elisabeth Fyodorovna.
Catherine Martin
I listened to this book on audio. This is the story of one of the Romanov princesses who was also the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the sister of the Tsarina Alexis. It's historical fiction which is one of my favorite genres. This story is told in two voices - that of the princess herself, and that of her executioner. Overall, this is a good book, but I found myself frustrated near the end because the author seems to get into some hero-worship of the princess. Of course, the end notes are ...more
C.C. Yager
I've known Robert Alexander for 30+ years, and have followed his writing career which has often included Russia in some way. It's been a joy to watch his writing mature and improve, his themes deepen, and his characters develop into rich human beings. Reading his novels has enriched my life, especially his Russian historicals.

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
I thought this was a very creative and fresh way to tell the story of the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution. The book alternates between two points of view: Grand Duchess Elizabeth (the sister of Tsar Nicholas's wife Alexandra) and a fictional revolutionary named Pavel. Their storylines overlap at certain points throughout the book, but it all dramatically converges at the end.

I am very interested in Russian history, and I had high hopes for this book. The content was fascinating, and while au
Maria Ana
I've already read one of Robert Alexander books, the first he published.
I loved the fisrt one, but this one had a special touch.
His books tell us about the times of the Russian Revolution, which is a very interesting topic. It were times of mystery, war, richness and poverty, wonderfull princesses and the Tsars!
As the other book, "The Romanov Bride" also takes place during the proletarian revolution. The reader is able to observe the two diferent factions of this "war" through the Grand Duchess
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
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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:
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