The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel of The Romanovs

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar A Novel of The Romanovs A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter smuggled out of Russia before the revolution continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequencesIn her riveting d

  • Title: The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel of The Romanovs
  • Author: Jennifer Laam
  • ISBN: 9781250028686
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel of The Romanovs

    A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter smuggled out of Russia before the revolution continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequencesIn her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte Veronica is an aspiring historA compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter smuggled out of Russia before the revolution continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequencesIn her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her Once elevated to the Romanov s treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officer s interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy Then as Veronica s passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reade

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    1. Lydia [she/they] - Semi-hiatus

      What I really want is that my country come out of this historical period and stop dwelling on it but we are living in a new Russia We have colossal problems to face let s forget about the political aspects of the past Let s leave that to the historians Prince Nicholas Romanov, as quoted in The Romanovs The Final ChapterI have a lot to say about this book, so bear with me To answer your initial questions, history buffs, the secret daughter thing is actually done well, but I had other problems I a [...]

    2. Jenny Q

      3.5 Stars I was really drawn to the premise of this novel and the idea that a Romanov heir exists that is neither Anastasia or Alexei The story begins with Veronica, a struggling professor attempting to write a biography of Empress Alexandra, who becomes involved with a man whose interest in the Romanovs matches her own Orphaned as a young girl and raised by her grandmother, Veronica has always felt like an outsider within her large family, and later in her academic career When she learns of the [...]

    3. Deborah

      What fun I had reading this book The tragic story of the Tsarist Romanov family of Russia is one that fascinates me Jennifer Laam has taken that historical background and made the Romanov s alive and vibrant through their fictitious servants and supposed heirs I was completely taken in by the novel from the Prologue onward This work of historical fiction is such a good read The story line is fluent and gripping I couldn t stand to be torn away and was really aggravated when anything or anyone in [...]

    4. L.

      This story seamlessly winds together the lives of three women from different times and places The first half builds the mystery about the Russian Romanov family and the three main characters, and the second half is where the action and the tension really begin My Kindle jumped from 50% to 90% completed and I hardly noticed I loved how the book came together in the end, blending the mysteries from Russia in the early 1900s, to Paris in 1941, to present day NYC I honestly didn t see it coming.At f [...]

    5. Leigh

      My opinion of this book bounced around like a pinball I would find myself rolling my eyes and skimming Veronica chapters and vowing no than two stars then change to Lena and Charlotte chapters and go up to four stars This book is not a five star book and Veronica is the reason The story has a good premise that a fifth daughter was born to Nicholas and Alexandra in 1902 and smuggled out for political reasons To me this story is plausible than one child survived the massacre I know people who li [...]

    6. Meg - A Bookish Affair

      The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is an alternate history of the Romanov family, Russia s last royal rulers I was excited about this book because I am absolutely fascinated with Russia and its history, especially during the 20th century to present day I m always excited when I can find a historical fiction that takes on Russia there aren t that many out there why Alternate histories are a little bit dicey for me usually It s sometimes hard for me to get into the mindset of suspending my disbelief [...]

    7. Mary Pessaran

      I love this story all three of them actually Jennifer Laam uniquely captures the conflicts of three different time periods The luxuries and expectations of Imperialist Russia, the constant fears and stark conditions of the German occupation of Paris, and the pressures of modern day Laam uses subtle details to allow us to visualize the settings and characters without overpowering the scenes The book demonstrates the author s love of history, as well as a desire to alter the outcome of the sensele [...]

    8. Lou Ann

      The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is a beautifully written historical fiction novel by debut writer, Jennifer Laam This author clearly knows her Russian history, with vivid details about food, language, dress and customs of the early 1900s Russia This novel follows three different times the elegance of the court of Empress Alexandra, the horror of Nazi Germany and present day academia also horrific Jennifer expertly weaves the lives of three women, blending their despair, romance and hope as felt [...]

    9. Rebecca

      Um.I had such high hopes for this book The story line was so interesting But.The writing was horrible It s like the author had random information she really wanted to throw in the book The story would be going a long and then all of a sudden some useless information would come up making me confused From the very start I knew how the book would end No surprises, just a long drawn out story When I was done reading the book I sat there trying to figure out how this book could have been improved I t [...]

    10. Michelle

      I love the premise of this book so I really wanted to love this book I enjoyed Lena s character but found some of the other characters lacking depth I didn t particularly care for the Michael Veronica relationship, felt it wasn t developed well It was very obvious what the twist was going to be early on in the book This book had great potential, but overall it was ok.

    11. The Lit Bitch

      At first I was a little confused by the three different story lines I am used to books that toggle between a historic time period and the present, however this one skipped over three different periods basically spanning 100 years Initially I wasn t sure this would work well but overall I thought the stories came together nicely and I wasn t completely lost or confused.Each woman was memorable and interesting All three of the women start out a little timid and meek but grow into strong independen [...]

    12. Valerie Cole

      Ohhh my goodness I totally did not see this ending happening at all What an awesome twisty turny ride through the Romanov family tree Brava, Jennifer Laam Brava More here bit 1aDitXl

    13. Kim

      A very excellent book i thought authors had twisted the Romanov stories as many times as possible, but this was a new twist and i very much enjoyed it

    14. Katie

      This review can also be found at BookshelfBlogger and TheBookshelfBloggerA compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter smuggled out of Russia before the revolution continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequencesIn her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present day Los Angeles when she meets a [...]

    15. Melissa Jackson

      I m not usually one for historical novels, mainly because I m worried I won t know enough about the time period to be able to follow along But when Jennifer s prologue appeared in the selection of submissions for the critique group I was in, I was pulled into this rich world on page one I fell in love with her writing before I ever knew her as a person She s a pretty spiffy person, too I was lucky enough to read most of this book in it s manuscript form, and I was always struck by how accessible [...]

    16. Terrie Wolf

      I owe Veruka Salt an apology You remember her, right She was the demanding brat in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY I want it now, she said to her father and she was the character I least identified with until THIS book came my way It made me want it, it stuck in my thoughts, it filled my head with dreams of things past, present ande It s doing it again I ve come to understand the giddy passion that comes from real, aching desire thanks to Laam s debut It has to do with her captivating stor [...]

    17. Helen

      Did the Empress Alexandria have a fifth daughter between Anastasia and the tsarevitch Alexei Oh and on the jacket flap it says the empress is determined to sire a son No female can sire anything The narrative switches back and forth among Russia 1902, the USA of today, and the France of 1941 with each section moving the story forward and the connections among the events becoming clearer with each spiral twist Is Michael the heir to the throne or not Did the baby survive I have some problems whic [...]

    18. Kris Mehigan

      This is a 4.5 star read for me Loved it loved the Romanovs, the secret history, the way modern day was laced with history and brought it to life Was absorbed by all three story lines Lena s, Charlotte s and Veronica s The only reason I didn t give it a complete 5 stars was due to personal preference For the first few chapters I preferred the historical story lines to the contemporary until I started to suspect the relevance of the modern line Ms Laam did an amazing job weaving all three stories [...]

    19. Sherri Stephens

      I loved this book What an amazing debut novel I can t wait to see from this gifted writer.I love Russian History especially the Romanovs so this was right up my alley The plot is set into three time periods about three seemingly unconnected women The story unfolds with yet another I wish it was true theory that one of the Tsar s children survived Only this time it wasn t one of the children that we read about in history The book kept me guessing right up to the last few chapters It is somewhat [...]

    20. Saturday's Child

      When I saw this novel on I wanted to find a copy to read as I am interested in the Romanov Family and fact or fiction I enjoy reading about them When the library that I borrow from got a copy I could not wait to read it I wanted to enjoy this novel but I just didn t The three periods of time in the plot were easy enough to follow but there was just too much going on description wise and I found it to be a distraction for me From the beginning I did not like the character Veronica and was plannin [...]

    21. Bryar Downs

      So far I am loving this book It takes you from past to present and back again It is not the normal style of book that I would ever consider reading so it has opened my mind to a different type of read love love love this book I am on the last chapter and when it all started coming together It took me a second to clue in and put it all together Wow.

    22. Chrissy

      I love reading anything about the Romanovsction, non fictionwhatever it is, if it has Romanov s in it, I ll read it This story is told through 3 different women in 3 different time periods The present day scenario was very confusing to me until the end of the book, where it all came together and made sense Overall an interesting what if story

    23. Ashley

      This book was surprisingly interesting It was a very quick read which kept me captive the entire duration I read it in less than a day The main character was very realistic and I quite enjoyed her subtle spark I appreciated that the male character wasn t just there as a love interest.

    24. Elaine

      This basically had everything I want in a book Russian history, interwoven story lines, and a good characters Loved this book

    25. Penny

      As an amalgam of romance and historical fiction, it was too damned much romance lit I didn t finish it, as the romance manner of writing makes my teeth ache.

    26. Taylor Hawkins

      Interesting story about an heir to the Russian throne who survives the revolution, well written and interesting.I received a free copy of this book through First Reads program.

    27. Luthien

      Maybe even 3.5 5Also on my blog, Luthien Reviews.Alix Forgive me We ll keep her safe We ll protect your fifth daughter.Lena is a teenage servant to the Russian imperial family who finds favor with Empress Alexandra She soon finds herself caught up in Alexandra s desperation to provide her husband with a son and heir after the birth of their fourth daughter, Anastasia in 1901.Charlotte is a ballerina living in fear of the Nazis in 1941 Paris with her son Laurent When a German officer comes lookin [...]

    28. The Speculative Post

      First, let me start off by saying why I don t read a lot of historical fiction I studied history in college What But that means you should read this stuff all the time Except that historical fiction has almost nothing to do with scholarly history, and many novels in the genre read like poorly researched nineteenth century works of history that were based largely upon mythology and a British American Imperial mindset There s another entire subset of historical fiction that is merely using a histo [...]

    29. Buho

      This book was recommended to me by a friend She knew I have a deep interest for historical fiction and mysteries, and thought this would be right up my alley This book attempts to bring together three separate stories about the hidden fifth Romanov daughter.The first story is that of Veronica, a phD student with a deep fascination for the famous Romanov family She is distracted from writing her thesis and securing tenure by Michael He is the man that her cousin just so happened to run into and w [...]

    30. Jessica

      We ve all heard of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed she was Anastasia Romanov and later proved she was fraud The fate of the Romanovs is a heartbreaking tale and one that continues to fascinate new generations Jennifer Laam s THE SECRET DAUGHTER OF THE TSAR is an intriguing tale about Empress Alexandra Romanov and her desire to have a son.Russian history professor, Veronica Herrea, is working on a book about Alexandra Romanov Meeting with the department chair, she s told she must produce a h [...]

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