This past Monday, June 18th, marked the 111th birthday of Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia. The fate of her family is well known and still discussed to this day. But most interestingly is the speculation surrounding Anastasia’s final fate. Did she really die with the rest of her family? Had she survived and emigrated to America? There have always been theories in this regard, but it appears the answer has been found.
Similarly, there were mysteries focused on the fate of Alexei and the inability at one point to locate his remains. That matter, too, seems to have been resolved but there are still conspiracies out there about this family, what really happened on July 17, 1918, and if, in fact, any of the Romanovs survived.
In recognition of the date, we’re happy to offer one copy of The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen for giveaway (thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark!) If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment below, including your email address so we can contact you if you win (US/Canada only, please.) We’d also love to hear what rumours you’ve heard about Anastasia and her younger brother Alexei. I personally always held out hope that the Bolshevik police were not so cruel as to summarily execute those children, but it was a different time then and a different world, right?
For almost a century, Imperial Russia has captivated the imagination- the ruthless execution of the royal family, the disputed survival of the heir: it’s a cinematic chaos that the masterful Dora Levy Mossanen unravels for her readers. Taking readers deep into tarnished grandeur, The Last Romanov follows Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent with the Imperial family has haunted her entire life. When the murderous events unfold, Darya is plagued by the prophecy made by the Empress’s advisor, Rasputin. She must find the missing Tsarevich Alexis Romanov and restore the monarchy or risk losing her own life.
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