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The Lost Crown

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Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand--first headstrong Olga; then Tatiana, the tallest; Maria the most hopeful for a ring; and Anastasia, the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege. They are each on the brink of starting their own lives, at the mercy of royal matchma ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Atheneum
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Laura Mabee
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romanov
As an avid Romanov reader, I never liked Romanov fiction.

Many people have tried over and over to capture the Romanovs in fiction, but nobody really managed to capture the Romanovs. The Romanovs were real people who had faults, eccentricities and virtues. Rarely in fiction is the real history taken into consideration when writing.

Ms. Miller has put years of research and dedication into the Romanovs and it shows. Sarah Miller's book captures the Romanovs and I believe The Lost Crown has indeed
Russia, 1914

Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanova are the closest of sisters. As the daughters of Tsar Nicolas II and his empress Alexandra, they are fluent in three languages, have lots of gorgeous clothes, and get to spend their summers hanging out on their father’s massive yacht with cute young naval officers.

But those officers are strictly off-limits for anything more than minor flirtations. The sisters’ mother keeps them isolated from the decadent Russian court—they have no friends t
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An excellent novel about the last days of the Romanov dynasty, narrated by the four doomed daughters of Nicholas and Alexandria. There are no gimmicks here--no love affairs between the girls and their guards, no survivors of the cellar massacre. All we have is four young women with distinct personalities managing to keep their individuality, their dignity, their humanity, and their affection for their family while their world collapses.

There's also an excellent author's note and a bibliography f
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I attempted a fictional account of the Romanovs' last days almost a year ago and I'm still not over the experience. I was and am so disgusted with The House of Special Purpose that I almost skipped out on Sarah Miller's The Lost Crown. I seriously considered abandoning it at my library’s hold desk when they informed me it was ready, but I hate making the librarians process requests for no reason so I schlepped my butt downto
Although I have actually and in particular found Sarah Miller’s general writing style for her 2011 biographical novel The Lost Crown strong and evocatively flowing (and with the four Romanov sisters all presenting themselves as immensely likeable characters, and each with personally distinct and delightful narrative voices), it is, I am sorry to say, also precisely because I have found The Lost Crown and Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia’s fictionalised diaries so compelling, so full of passion ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
And here I am, continuing on my Russian fiction journey and I am loving it. I love how many books have or are coming out about Russia. This is a historical fiction book told from the point of view of the four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. It's been awhile since I've read any books or watched anything about the Romanovs and I had forgotten how long they had to wait to find out their destiny. For some reason, I had it in my head that they were taken awa ...more
Helen Azar
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is generally not easy to find quality historical fiction, and this goes tenfold for fiction about the last Russian imperial family. This book is a definite exception to the rule. Historically accurate down to minute details, and at the same time very well written, the story in "The Lost Crown" starts just before the revolution and covers the events that lead up to the assassination of the Russian imperial family. Seen through the eyes of the four historically neglected daughters of the last T ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There is nothing more terrible than when young people die" ~ Mr. Mason of Downton Abbey

'The Lost Crown' begins with the story of the third Romanov sister, Maria Nikolaevna, articulating her experience as her family leaves their home. Miller brilliantly conveys the sadness and tragedy of OTMA's world when switching from their family's departure to their happy days prior to WWI. The world of OTMA slipping quickly through their naive grasp is demonstrated next in Tatiana's chapter, followed by Ana
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
I have been fascinated by the doomed Romanov children for years. I think it's because they took so many photos of themselves. The photos make the imperial family in their pretty dresses and sailor suit with the occasional smile (unusual in pictures of that era) make them look approachable and real. It makes their ending seem even more horrible.

The Lost Crown covers the last four years of the imperial family's life. It starts out at the beginning of World War I, when things are basically fine, w
It is impossible not to enjoy this book. Because it takes place from all four Grand Duchess's points of views, you fall in love with every one of them. Each one has a unique personality that is displayed throughout the story. The whole book was wonderful, in depth, descriptive, and unique from anything else I have read on the Last Grand Duchesses. However, my very favorite part of this book was the last four chapters, one from each of the girls. You could tell that would be the last you would he ...more
Jenny Q
Setting this aside for later at page 146, but not because this is bad. On the contrary, the writing is lovely and so are the Romanov princesses. At first I was wary of four sisters' POVs, but I was impressed with Miller's ability to give distinct voices to each girl, while at the same time showing how similar they were, and how much they loved each other. They are so sweet, and they try so hard to face the war, and the revolution, and imprisonment with dignity and grace. What happens to them jus ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted, favorites
4.5/5 stars ... A heartbreaking story about the fall of the Romanovs
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

"Where we go next, we go together.”

4.5 out of 5 stars

Setting:Russia; 1915-1918

Coverly Love?;Yes! I like the girl and the dress she is wearing, and the significance of the pearls on the cover (every time one of the duchesses had a birthday, they would get a pearl to make a necklace).

Plot:In this historical fiction based on fact and told from the viewpoints of all four Romanov sisters (Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastatia) as the outbreak of WWI starts and the government of Russia is torn to s
I’ve been waiting for a book like this—an accurate novel about my favorite historical figures—for years, ever since I discovered the Romanovs through a 6th Grade project that begun my love affair of the Grand Duchesses OTMA (Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia), who have since been an inspiration for me as I’ve grown up and shaped my own identity. So much Romanov fiction revolves around inaccurate sexual exploits or untrue survivor stories, which I believe disrespects the memories of these remar ...more
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) by: the library catalog
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This is the definitive book on the last Romanov children. It is interesting, historically accurate, and could hardly be described as childish. Miller takes the wise idea to use all four sister to display their unity but also the secrets they keep from each other. I don't think I'll ever forget how Tatiana says "you won't tell the little pair." It's so poignant and beautiful. In addition, it showed how bad Anastasia is as a sole narrator- the "little pair" being
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛

So this has five stars, and for good reason. This is probably one of the best, if not THE BEST, fictional portrayals of the Romanova sisters ever. I learned so much from this book, and to this date is probably one of the few historical fiction books I've learned a lot from about a topic I really like.

All four sisters take turns narrating various events from their lives from 1914-1918, none are left out and their personalities really shine in this book. I was a bit miffed th
Chances are without Goodreads I never would've heard of or read this book. I rarely read YA unless it's by an author I love, a subject I enjoy or it comes highly recommended. The Lost Crown met two out of three requirements. For once it was a fictionalized account of the last years of the Romanovs told by the four grand duchesses, not by just one daughter. It also doesn't include forbidden romance or escapes from Impatiev House. Instead the author does a tremendous job of giving each daughter he ...more
La Coccinelle
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
When I heard that Sarah Miller was working on a book about the Romanov daughters, I was really excited. While this subject matter is not new in the YA genre (Laura Whitcomb's The Fetch and Joy Preble's Dreaming Anastasia come to mind), this is the first YA novel I've read about the Romanovs that is pure historical fiction (both of those other books deal with the survival myths and contain supernatural elements).

I've been fascinated by the family for a while, even before I was given Hugh Brewster
Jul 22, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
I’d been looking forward to this for ages, but only realised it was a YA when I started reading it. Narrated by the Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, it sets the tone perfectly for its target audience, and I know that my 14 year old self discovering the Romanovs for the first time would have loved it. As it was, it all wore a bit thin and ended up being a DNF; my teenage self would have rated it at least 4 stars!
Abby Vincere
The most historically accurate piece of fiction about the lives of the Romanov sisters I've had the pleasure of reading.

The writing is beautiful and the different voices have a way of being similar enough that you honestly believe the speakers are all close siblings but different enough not to get redundant.

I also give this a big thumbs up for following the girls' story all the way to the end where they meet their tragic deaths (this shouldn't be a spoiler, considering it's history and most peo
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Meticulously and lovingly researched, it's hard not to respect the effort that went into The Lost Crown. However, I felt that the effort fell a bit flat.

The first problem with The Lost Crown is implicit in its premise. Because the reader knows that the Romanov family was murdered by Bolsheviks in July of 1918, it's hard to keep up much sense of suspense. This is made worse by the family's captivity. As many writing instructors will tell you, bored people are boring. Therefore, a bored, scared f
In fictional diary format, the 4 daughters of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia describe their lives before and after the Bolshevik Revolution. Their world of glamour and privilege becomes increasingly narrow and poor as revolutionary forces try to decide what to do with the royal family after toppling the throne. Author Miller presumes the reader has some background knowledge of the subject. The girls' references to their brother Aleksei's illnesses won't make sense if the reader doesn't know he had h ...more
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
Don’t be fooled, like I was, by this book cover, it looks like a light chick-lit novel, but instead is it a well researched book on the last years of the Romanov sisters: Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (OTMA for short), daughters of tsar Nicholas II.
The author chose a mock diary format and the novel starts innocently enough, describing the girls’ privileged life and careless attitude. Soon enough the tone changes as the characters’ lives turn upside down during the events of WWI. The royal
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book, but it was also sad. I knew how it ended before I got to the end I guess thats the price you pay for reading historical fiction with historical characters. Reveiw coming soon.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I have been obsessed with the Romanovs for a very long time. I know quite a lot about them and there is a lot I still want to learn. I have a lot of books about them both fiction and nonfiction. This was a really well written historical fiction. You can tell and feel all of the research that the author has done. I loved the bibliography at the end was a nice touch. I might have check some of the books she used as a reference out. I loved getting to read from all perspectives of the Grand Duchess ...more
this book had interesting characters and was very well researched. Yet it was plotless, which was it's main fault.
Multiple perspective books can be hard to read, because it gets confusing- who are you reading about? Like all other books with multiple perspectives (at least the ones that I've read) The Lost Crown has the name of the narrator at the beginning of each chapter. I would often find myself flicking back a few pages to find who it was. It was the nicknames that really threw me- I was r
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm one of those girls that has been in love with the story of the Romanovs since I saw the animated Anastasia movie years ago. Ever since, I've been researching it and trying to learn as much as I can about the family, particularly Anastasia, who just seems to be the most interesting to me.

This did an amazing job at being factual. It even gave me a better insight into how they spent their day to day lives and what their "prisons" were like. That was super amazing. Also, I loved being able to se
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has blown me away on multiple fronts. First, probably one of the best books I have read on Romonov Russia in a very long time. The author is able to put the reader there with the Romanov daughters and give excellent "insight" into the "heads" of the young women and to take them from a place of young innocence to growing up very quickly during war. Second, it is just well written. The book sucked me in immediately! Finally and most shockingly, THIS IS A YOUNG ADULT BOOK! I have read adu ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Pros: The glossary is in the front of the book! So you know to go back and look!
Con: Anastasia's nickname "Svybzik" is not defined until the end of the book. I finally had to look it up, it was driving me nuts.
Pros: Each sister gets her own chapter to tell the story.
Cons: It is practically impossible to tell the 4 sisters apart. Their personalities come out in the story, but their dialog is completely undistinctive.
Pros: The book is well researched.
Cons: This research makes for a lot of plot exp
May 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
This was a good book, but I absolutely hated the ending. I'm sure it was very true to history, but it was a horrible ending to the fairytale princess story that I was expecting. ...more
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Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at the age of ten, and has spent the last two decades working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of two previous historical novels, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, and The Lost Crown. Her nonfiction debut, The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century, was hailed by the New York Times as "a historical version of Law & Or ...more

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