Let’s start out with this. One of my favorite topics in history was the mystery of Anastasia Romanov. What happened to her? Did she somehow survive the massacre of her family? So many unanswered questions over the years that there was really not final verdict even after all these years. Although that does give writers the ability to create some incredible worlds for her to grow and thieve.
I requested this novel I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon thru Net Gallery as an ARC and when I was approved I was beyond excited. I actually put down the book I was reading and dove in. I think anytime a historical fiction novel comes out on this subject matter I will be more than happy to dive right back into her world.
The story starts off with Anna Anderson saying that she will present the facts of thru her story and it will be up to us to decide if we believe she is as she claims, Anastasia Romanov. While bouncing back and forth between childhood and adulthood she recounts the tragic downfall of her family all the way until their untimely end, as well as her struggles to build her life after these tragic events. She continues to describe how she survived, which Romanov relations believe her to be who she claims, and which do not. She also has a solid following of believers as her case is taken to trial multiple times all of which were found to not have substantial evidence.
In the end you will be surprised to find that things are not always as they appear, and sometimes they are.
I Was Anastasia
By Ariel Lawhon
Publication March 27th, 2018