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The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander
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Feb 16, 2011

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I've never known much about the Russian Revolution so this book, set during that period of time, kept my interest. This is the story of the Grand-Duchess Elisavyeta (Ella), who was the sister of the Tsarina Alexandra, and a fictional revolutionary character, Pavel, as they proceed through the revolution. At various times during the story their lives connect, then separate again for a period of time. As the story opens, Pavel has an optimism for the future, but after a tragic loss becomes bitter and harsh. Ella seems, at the beginning, to be engrossed in the life of an elite member of society, but through her own loss she turns to service and piety.

While I enjoyed the book and "liked it" according to Goodread's star scale, I didn't "really like it" simply because it was depressing and invoked sorrow at the missteps of the royalty and the resulting losses during the revolution. It was well-written, however, so if you don't mind depressing books, I'd recommend it.

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