The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson

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From the bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette comes a dramatic novel and powerful love story about the last Russian imperial family.

 

It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. What neighbors and even her children don’t know, however, is that she is not who she claims to be—the widow of a Russian immigrant of modest means. In actuality she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, known as Tania to her parents, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

            And so begins the latest entrancing historical entertainment by Carolly Erickson. At its center is young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family’s private enclave outside the capital. Tania is one of four daughters, and the birth of her younger brother Alexei is both a blessing and a curse. When he is diagnosed with hemophilia and the key to his survival lies in the mysterious power of the illiterate monk Rasputin, it is merely an omen of much worse things to come. Soon war breaks out and revolution sweeps the family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment in Siberia. Into Tania’s world comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from certain death.


 

About Carolly Erickson

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New York Times bestselling author CAROLLY ERICKSON has written twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning biographies, histories, and a recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Washington and Hawaii.
 
Published September 30, 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Tania, meanwhile, toils tending wounded soldiers, like young Georgian Michael, whom she cures with Rasputin’s healing stick.

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At times, Erickson sacrifices historical accuracy for drama, e.g., when she attempts to elicit sympathy by saying that Alexandra looked middle-aged at 33, although that was not rare for a mother of four in pre-revolutionary Russia.

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Daria Gradov did not begin her life as such, she was in reality Tatiana, the last Grand Duchess of Russia in Carolly Erickson’s novel The Tsarina’s Daughter (2008).

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But at least Erickson doesn't revisit the old Anastasia-survived clich.) The real problem is the far-fetched love story featuring a dashing Russian soldier who saves Tatiana from the evil communists.

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Historical Novel Society

Erickson calls this retelling of the fall of the Romanov family an “historical entertainment”—more like alternative history in many respects, while remaining historically accurate on many levels.

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