Thursday, 1 April 2010

Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap

This review may contain minor spoilers for the ending, but anyone that knows the story of the Romanovs already...knows the ending.

Anastasia's Secret
Susanne Dunlap

Will I never see you again either?” I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That’s how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.
“Perhaps we will meet again,” Sasha said, softening his voice. “But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It’s your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!”

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?

Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap’s new novel is a haunting vision of the life—and love story—of Russia’s last princess.

I love the Romanov family. Dreaming Anastasia was one of my favorite books, I love the FOX version of Anastasia and I'd been wanting to read Susanne's other novel, The Musician's Daughter, for ages. So, I knew I would like this book!

Anastasia and her sister were very likable characters and Sasha added a dose of reality to their little bubble of perfection. Reading through the family's struggles really made my heart go out to them. And poor little Alexei always sick!

I loved the romance Anastasia and Sasha had. It was very realistic considering age differences and class differences and everything else involved. I couldn't help but root for them, despite knowing how the story would end.

As much as I would've liked to see how Susanne described the Romanov's final home, I still like how she did the open ending. She made it clear how the story would end without going through the details, which might've been too hard to read. While they weren't treated horribly, the very end would probably be horrific.

Lovers of Anastasia, the Romanovs, and history, will definitely love this novel!



  1. I really want to read this book! I have always been fascinated by the Romanov family.

  2. Oh I NEED to get this book! I am also one of those people who is fascinated with thr Romanov family. I need this...NEED it..ahhhhhh.



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