Saturday, February 25, 2012

THE LAST ROMANOV by Dora Levy Mossanen

For almost a century, the Romanov reign has captivated the imagination. Through the eyes of Darya, Imperial russa- with its enchanting ballets, avant-garde artwork, sumptuous banquets and ornate jewels-bursts into life, rich and glorious. The royal world embraces Darya, pulling her close until her heart and soul are inextricably bound to the fate of the last Romanov.

Her years spent in the grandeur of the Imperial Family haunt Darya. Even now, as a wise beauty with energy younger than her many years, she believes she is responsible for those murderous events that changed everything. If she can find the heir to the russian throne, if she can bring back the innocent royal whose appearance would shift the foundation of her country, she might also be able to piece together the broken parts of her own life.


Rarely has a book captivated me the way this one has. The Romanov story has been told several times, but I can assure you never in this fashion. This book offers a fresh perspective as well as a healthy dose of Russian history. Intrigue, romance, couldn't ask for more. A strong beginning sucks you right in and each chapter leaves you craving more. I wasn't able to put it down until I'd devoured every page.

Instead of turning the era and mystery into a myth, Mossanen takes the Romanovs and those surrounding them and turns them into real people. Instead of focusing on Anastasia, we're focused on Darya, who some believe to be a sorceress. She is definitely one of a kind and worth reading the book for.

I strongly suggest this book for anyone interested in the Romanov era. Those who love history, art, mysteries, romance and the supernatural will adore this book as well.

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