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Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

April 27th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Won an ARC in a giveaway

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia’s last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family’s future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?

I’ve had a fascination with Anastasia Romanov ever since I learned about the Romanov’s in my Russian History class back in high school.  The mystery behind her death and if it was possible that she actually survived this tragedy captured my imagination.  Not only is this story fascinating but I also enjoyed reading more about what the rest of the family might have been like.  I never knew much about the tsar’s wife or the rest of the children other than that Alexei had hemophilia.

Dunlap creates a romantic story that follows Anastasia for a few years as she grows older, meets a young soldier who just might be able to save her life in the end.  Watching the relationship between Anastasia and Sasha grow was fascinating and the story keeps you wondering will Sasha save Anastasia or will his head be turned by the rising beliefs of the Bolsheviks.  To find out you will need to read the book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Serena

    Sounds like a fascinating book. I really enjoy the stories that focus on how she may have survived the tragedy and what she might have done with her life.

  2. Sarah Lim

    I love historical fiction and been wanting to read this one for a while. Thanks for the positive review! :)

  3. Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf

    This one looks fascinating. I have a copy on my to-review shelf, but just have yet to get to it. I’ll have to get around to it soon.

    Great review!

  4. Pam

    I liked this book a lot. I felt I got a real time glimpse into Nastya’s last days.

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