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The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander
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May 02, 2009

it was ok
Read in May, 2009

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 Romanovs and the Russian Revolution is fascinating and tragic, and Elisabeth herself is a particularly compelling figure. Unfortunately, the history and personalities are stronger than the writing, which is merely average.
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