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The Last Tiara

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  644 ratings  ·  372 reviews
From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller M.J. Rose comes a provocative and moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs.

Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspicious
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Published February 2nd 2021
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Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It is striking from the very beginning that there is so much telling. The telling is so overwhelming. And due to lack of character development, I struggled from the beginning to connect with both characters, mother and daughter.

When it comes to the plot, I was interested in the history of the tiara. Once the daughter finds the tiara after the death of her mother, she tries to unravel its story. In the process we learn about the world of jewelers and that’s the part I enjoyed. However, at the end
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
i was so excited to read this book as the combination of WWII and a tiara immediately got me hooked.

the story is told from a dual POV and timeline (daughter and mother), which is something i don’t see often in books. additionally, this book gave off a dairy-like vibe, which i REALLY enjoyed; it made it easy to pick up and put down, which i appreciated. i also really enjoyed the historical aspect of this (especially the vivid descriptions), and i loved how there was a touch of mystery. the love
Terrie Robinson
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love Historical Fiction!
Recommended to Terrie by: NetGalley
"The Last Tiara" by M.J. Rose is a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel!

In 1915 Russia, Sofiya Petrovitch and best friend Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, volunteer to help wounded soldiers at the makeshift hospital at the St. Petersburg Winter Palace. It is here that Sofiya meets a wounded soldier, the attraction between them is magnetic and they soon fall in love. Through the years, although their love remains strong, their relationship is plagued by a country in turmoil that tragically
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
History, mystery, and a little bit of romance combine to make this historical novel engrossing!

In 1947 Isobelle Moon, a young architect, was working on a government job in Tennessee when she was called home to New York. Her mother had been struck by a car and died shortly afterward. After completing her assignment in Tennessee, Isobelle returned to New York and moved back in to her childhood apartment.

A year passed by and Isobelle began having dreams about her mother. Sofiya Moon had immigrated
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 1948, Isobelle Moon has returned to New York City after the loss of her mother Sophia, formerly Sofiya, a woman who kept her former life in Russia a secret. Isobelle is a talented architect trying to work her way up the ladder in a male-dominated profession. In 1915, Sofiya Petrovich and her best friend, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaeyna help wounded soldiers in a hospital set up in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Sofiya finds herself drawn to a young, wounded soldier who has no memory. She ...more
Erin Clemence
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Expected publication date: Feb 2, 2021

“The Last Tiara” by best-selling novelist M.J Rose is a historical fiction novel, chock full of emotion, romance, history and intrigue.

When Isobelle Moon discovers the remnants of a tiara, hidden in the wall of her mother’s room, she is immediately enthralled. Her mother, Sophia, had always been very secretive about her past in Russia, refusing to talk about her life before coming to American when Isobel was an
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
What is the mystery behind a tiara obtained in Russia?

This mystery is the main focus of the book.

We meet mother and daughter in different years.

Sofiya is a nurse in an infirmary for wounded soldiers during the war in Russia in 1915. She takes care of one of the soldiers and falls in love. She also has many secrets her daughter, Isobelle, wants to find the answers to.

Her daughter, Isobelle, finds a tiara hidden in the wall of her mother’s bedroom, and Isobelle's curiosity begins the search for an
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
The jewels that once adorned the tiara have been gone for almost two decades, but the frame has remained hidden behind the wallpaper of her mother's bedroom. Isobelle begins following the clues left behind to find out more about her mother. In a dual timeline, her mother Sofiya is helping out as a nurse in St. Petersburg during WW I. How does the tiara come into her possession? What really happened to Isobelle's father? Can Isobelle trust the handsome, young jeweler who is helping her follow the ...more
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*3-3.5 stars. A lovely new work of romantic historical fiction from M. J. Rose and what a gorgeous cover design to go with it!

The last tiara was given to the youngest daughter of the Russian tsar for her birthday and, in this story, she makes a gift of it to her best friend, Sofiya Petrovich. In 1915, Sofiya and the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana volunteer to work as nurses with the Sisters of Mercy in the former staterooms of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, which have been turned into hospit
Pam Jenoff
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Master historical storyteller Rose returns this week with an incredible book about an architect in 1948 Manhattan who finds among her mother's possessions a tiara stripped of its jewels and is thrown into a mystery from statist Russia. Do not miss! ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The chapters alternate between Sofiya's time in revolutionary Russia in 1917 and her daughter Isobelle's life in 1948 New York City. Isobelle is an architect, and she knows her mother emigrated from Russia and her father is dead, but little else. When her mother dies, she finds a tiara hidden in their apartment, and takes it to the jeweler who has worked on it years before to try and find out more. We learn the history of the tiara, how it came to Sofiya through the Romanov family, and its relat ...more
Dee Arr
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Author M.J. Rose takes the reader down two paths at once in this historical fiction, allowing two female protagonists to each tell us their story.

“The Last Tiara” was my first M.J. Rose novel, and I found it to be a very polished tale told by the two women, each contributing their part in a story that takes decades to fully evolve.

Sofiya’s tale begins in Russia in 1917. She is returning to the Winter Palace, once home to the Tsar and now a hospital for wounded Russian soldiers. Sofiya is joined
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it

The Russian Romanov family has always interested me, so I was happy to be able to read MJ Rose’s newest novel, The Last Tiara. Told in two timelines, 1915 and 1948, the story centers around Sofiya, the daughter of the Romanov’s teacher.

Sofiya and the Grand Duchess Olga were close friends, but when it became clear that the Romanov’s were to go into hiding, Olga gave her tiara to Sofiya as a token of their friendship.
Also during this time, Sofiya met and fell in love with a jeweler who had worked
When Isobelle Moon discovers a tarnished tiara missing all its jewels hidden inside her mother’s wall after her mother’s death, she is determined to finally get to the truth of her past. MJ Rose has long been an author touted for her rich way of blending history and suspense into a riveting story that I was glad to finally get the chance to pick up one of her books. There is no coincidence that I latched onto the latest that has a mystery connected to a piece of jewelry made by Faberge’ and asso ...more
Reading Mama
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to GetRed PR for the chance to read and review this book. This is the second book by M.J. Rose that I have read. The Last Tiara is told from alternating perspectives. One perspective is that of Sofiya Petrovitch, is who works in the royal household of the Romanovs. The other perspective is that of Isobelle Moon, who is working in a male-dominated profession while trying to uncover secrets of her mother's past. The part of the story that I found the most interesting is when Sofiya was w ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
The Last Tiara by M. J. Rose is a historical fiction novel and a moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs, set in World War II.

Sophia Moon, mother of Isobelle dies in New York and Isobelle is in despair that her mother's life secrets have died with her and her life in Russia. Over the course of finding the truth about her mother's past he also
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gem of a read, M. J. Rose's 'The Last Tiara' provides a stunning account of the Romanov's Russia and 1950's NYC. Working in a male-dominated industry, architect Isobelle Moon is at the crossroads of her life. Coming to terms with her mother's death and routinely demeaned at work, she decides to construct a new future.

Remodeling her mother's apartment, she discovers a skeleton of a tiara missing its jeweled ornament. Mustering a rare display of courage, Isobelle unleashes a mystery that will r
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Can I just say how much I loved this story? It’s full of Art, history mystery and romance. What an enjoyable read.

The story is told of two time lines: Sofiya as a teenager in 1915 Petrograd Russia, before and during the the fall of the Russian empire. Sofiya’s mother was a teacher to the czar’s young daughters and she grew to be close friends with them. When the Winter palace is made into a
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction novel about a mother and daughter. Their stories running parallel uncovering new details of the history of a tiara the daughter found while starting a renovation in present day.

Her mother like many in her generation who lived through an occupation didn't tell her daughter about it or thought she would have more time. Her mother was a skilled art restorer but worked as a nurse during the war in Russia. 

Sophiya had fallen in love with a soldier she was nursing and this
Ceylan (CeyGo)
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, net-galley
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an opportunity to read this story

Book Rating : ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫
Cover rating : 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I really enjoyed this story told from the perspective of a mother and daughter - Sofia during and right after the First World War in Russia, and Isobelle right after World War II in NYC, as she tries to piece together her mother’s past ...

What I liked :
✔️ strong female characters - both forging careers for themselves in male dominated careers
✔️ I’ve always been fasci
menna hafez
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“Every heart has its own skeletons.”

Special thanks to NetGalley and blue box press for providing me with ARC.

It's been awhile since i read a novel about Russia, the last one was *Anna Karenina*

This is the first novel to me by M.J.Rose but i loved it so much, it's heartwarming, i loved the history in this novel, the Russian Revolution and WWll.
Janilyn Kocher
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
A book that involves lost jewelry, the Romanovs, Russia, and mystery? I am all in! The Last Tiara is a fabulous read. It’s fast paced, switching from 1915-1949 intermittently to tell Sophia’s story as Isobelle attempts to solve the riddles of her mother’s past. I loved the mystery and all the intricacies of the story, including the last big twist, which I had actually caught earlier by something a character said, but only realized it later. I do have two things to nitpick about. It’s historical ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

There seems to be a theme in the last couple of books my M.J. Rose - Cartier's Hope, Tiffany Blues and now The Last Tiara. It's an interesting theme and rather catchy.

As with her previous books this is a dual time period story, told by a mother and her daughter. Both era's aren't always friendly to women which played out here. Both independent, one strong as she lives during turbulent times and the other who is constantly obsessing about being good enough - which was rep
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I downloaded a free preview copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to love this novel, but in the end found it interesting but flawed. It's very much plot driven, and the characters are minimally fleshed out. The main character, Isobelle, was annoying in her constant questioning of her own worth and insatiable need for reassurance. And the plot, while interesting, was too often interrupted with unnecessary details about places, furnishings, events, as if the author felt ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Tiara alternates its plot line between two time periods: the last days of the Tsar in Russia and the 1940's in New York. The novel as a whole was readable and I enjoyed it, however the two narratives were somewhat uneven in their success. On the Russian side, we had an exciting historical novel that followed Sofiya, a young art restorer as she navigated the difficult times, first as a friend of the Tsar's daughters through nursing, a romance and ultimately an emigration to the US. On th ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an riveting story with alternating chapters by a mother and daughter from WWI to the the late 1940's, stretching from Russia to the United States. Art restorer Sofiya Moon dies in a accident on a wintry New York street and almost a year later her architect daughter Isobelle discovers a box containing a silver tiara stripped of its jewels along with a jewelers receipt. Her mother had refused to talk about her life in St. Petersburg, Russia, so Isobelle tracks down the jewelry store and be ...more
Fernanda Granzotto
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own*

1.5 stars

I found it very confusing and difficult to get into the story because the author started talking about something and she kept quoting names and dates over and over.
I do not know if these names and dates are true or if they are invented.
This book is told from two different points of view, one in Russia by Isobelle's mother and the other in New York by Isobelle and
Cindy Burnett
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
M.J. Rose’s latest book focuses on a tiara that was once owned by the Romanov family (and is actually still missing today), and her reimagining of what could have happened to this priceless artifact. When her mother Sophia dies in 1948 Manhattan, Isobelle stumbles across a tiara, stripped of all of its jewels, hidden in their shared apartment. As she researches the mysterious tiara, she learns more about her mother’s past, something Sophia would never speak about when she was alive. In 1915 Russ ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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*Genre* Historical / Mystery
*Rating* 3.5-4


From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller M.J. Rose comes a provocative and moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs. The Last Tiara alternatives narratives between Isobelle Moon, and Sofiya Petrovitch (later Sophia Moon). Isobelle's story takes place mostly in N
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Isobelle Moon discovers a long kept secret from her mother. She finds hidden inside a wall an artifact that goes back to a historic time from their country of origin. The story alternates from the mother's past to the daughter's present. Isobelle has to find out what and why her mother Sofiya could not share her past with her. It is a love story gone wrong through a time of revolution that sends Sofiya to America leaving her family and the love of her life behind to start a new life. A very good ...more
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