From 1917, the world has always been fascinated by the family of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and in particular what fascinates people the most is a what-if question: what if one of his four daughters survived the terrible massacre that came upon them on July 17th, 1918?
For a while, there was a thought that Anastasia Romanoff, the youngest daughter of the Tsar has survived, especially with many claiming to actually be her. Anastasia's possible survival has inspired so many novels and movies - even a cartoon version - that she easily overshadowed her older sisters: Olga, Tatiana, and Maria. While this is my first Gill Paul novel, she has written an earlier tale of Romanoffs, a companion book titled THE SECRET WIFE, which is a tale of Tatiana Romanoff, and which I think would be beneficial to read before this one. THE LOST DAUGHTER tackles another daughter of the tsar, Maria, who was only sixteen years of age at the time of her imprisonment.
Although I was born in Russia and lived there eight years, I know very little about Tsar Nicholas II's family and its tragic end, yet THE LOST DAUGHTER has inspired me to learn more. THE LOST DAUGHTER includes plotlines that alternate between Maria's life and the life of Val Doyle in the 1970s. Their connection isn't learned until the very end, which was frustrating at times. I also found myself strongly connecting with Maria and constantly desiring to go back to her story than Val's storyline. However, for a reader who wants to learn more about Russia as well about one of the lesser-known Romanoff Daughters, THE LOST DAUGHTER by Gill Paul is an inspiring and wonderful read that will linger long after the last page is turned.
If you loved I AM ANASTASIA by Ariel Lawhon you won't
want to miss this novel about her sister, Grand Duchess
Maria. What really happened to this lost Romanov
daughter? A new novel perfect for anyone curious about
Anastasia, Maria, and the other lost Romanov daughters,
by the author of THE SECRET WIFE.
1918: Pretty, vivacious Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, the
nineteen-year-old daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas
II, lives with her family in suffocating isolation, a far
cry from their once-glittering royal household. Her days
are a combination of endless boredom and paralyzing fear;
her only respite are clandestine flirtations with a few
of the guards imprisoning the familyâ€”never realizing her
innocent actions could mean the difference between life
1973: When Val Doyle hears her fatherâ€™s end-of-life
confession, â€śI didnâ€™t want to kill her,â€ť sheâ€™s stunned.
So, she begins a search for the truthâ€”about his words and
her past. The clues she discovers are bafflingâ€”a jewel-
encrusted box that wonâ€™t open and a camera with its film
intact. What she finds out pulls Val into one of the
worldâ€™s greatest mysteriesâ€”what truly happened to the
Grand Duchess Maria?