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The Tsarina's Daughter
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Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. The Tsarina's Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

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Erickson (The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette; The Secret Life of Josephine) weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918. As an elderly woman living in Canada, Tatiana recounts events from her life in pre-revolutionary Russia. Her interest in the lives of servants and others beyond the royal circle leads to her clandestine attempts to help cold, hungry Russians who grow increasingly resentful of the royal family. However, her parents refuse to acknowledge the changing political realities. Nicholas, an inept commander and weak ruler, indulges in personal pleasures, while Alexandra relies on the mystical powers of Rasputin to keep her hemophiliac son alive. In addition, Tatiana's tyrannical grandmother, self-centered sisters, and a bevy of royal relatives throughout Europe engage in romantic and political intrigues that affect the fates of individuals and nations. Tatiana's liaison with a military man loyal to the tsar and the devotion of a poor woman she had helped lead to her unlikely rescue. Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner for public library fans of historical romance. [Library marketing campaign.]--Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" "I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers." --"New York Times Book Review" "Fascinating . . . highly recommended." --"Library Journal" (starred review) Praise for "The Secret Life of Josephine" "Rollicking good fun." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Erickson has a deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail." --"PublishersWeekly.com" "History comes to life . . . thanks to Erickson's amazing talents." --"Romantic Times" (4.5 of 5 stars) "Fans of Erickson's earlier historical fiction will enjoy this latest concoction." --"Library Journal" "Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar." --People magazine "A top-notch narrative ... Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping." --Publishers Weekly "Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918.... Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner." --Library Journal "Erickson never lets harsh fact impede a good story . . . the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it." --Kirkus Reviews "Lovingly told, The Tsarina's Daughter is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day." --Romance Reviews Today "This historical novel is the romantic story of doomed Tatiana Romanov." --OK! magazine (4 of 5 stars) "[C]lever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman's coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author's superb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended." --Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar. "People magazine" A top-notch narrative Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping. "Publishers Weekly" Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918 . Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner. "Library Journal" Erickson never lets harsh fact impede a good story . . . the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it. "Kirkus Reviews" Lovingly told, "The Tsarina's Daughter" is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day. "Romance Reviews Today" This historical novel is the romantic story of doomed Tatiana Romanov. "OK! magazine (4 of 5 stars)" [C]lever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman's coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author's superb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended. "Star Tribune (Minneapolis)"" "Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar." --"People "magazine"" "A top-notch narrative ... Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping." --"Publishers Weekly" "Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918.... Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner." --"Library Journal" "Erickson never lets harsh fact impede a good story . . . the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Lovingly told, "The Tsarina's Daughter" is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day." --"Romance Reviews Today" "This historical novel is the romantic story of doomed Tatiana Romanov." --"OK!" magazine (4 of 5 stars) "[C]lever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman's coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author's superb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended." --"Star Tribune "(Minneapolis) "Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar." -"People "magazine"" "A top-notch narrative ... Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping." -"Publishers Weekly" "Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918.... Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner." -"Library Journal" "Erickson never lets harsh fact impede a good story . . . the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it." -"Kirkus Reviews" &# Praise for "The Tsarina's Daughter""Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar." --"People "magazine"" "A top-notch narrative ...Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping." --"Publishers Weekly" "" "Erickson . . . never lets harsh fact impede a good story. . . . Although the particulars of the Romanovs' fall are familiar from other treatments, including Erickson's biography of Alexandra, the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it." "--Kirkus Reviews" "Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov . . . escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918. . . . Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner." --"Library Journal" "Lovingly told, "The Tsarina's Daughter" is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day." --"Romance Reviews Today" "" "This historical novel is the romantic story of doomed Tatiana Romanov." --"OK!" magazine (4 of 5 stars)"" "[C]lever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman's coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author'ssuperb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended." --"Star Tribune" (Minneapolis) Praise for "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" "I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers." --"New York Times Book Review" "Fascinating . . . highly recommended." --"Library Journal" (starred review) Praise for "The Secret Life of Josephine" "Rollicking good fun." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Erickson has a deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail." --"PublishersWeekly.com" "History comes to life . . . thanks to Erickson's amazing talents." --"Romantic Times" (4.5 of 5 stars) "Fans of Erickson's earlier historical fiction will enjoy this latest concoction." --"Library Journal" Advance Praise for "The Tsarina's Daughter""A top-notch narrative ...Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family's fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping." --"Publishers Weekly" """Erickson . . . never lets harsh fact impede a good story. . . . Although the particulars of the Romanovs' fall are familiar from other treatments, including Erickson's biography of Alexandra, the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it." "--Kirkus Reviews " "Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov . . . escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918. . . . Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner." --"Library Journal" "Lovingly told, "The Tsarina's Daughter" is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day." --"Romance Reviews Today""" Praise for "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" "I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers." --"New York Times Book Review" "Fascinating . . . highly recommended." --"Library Journal" (starred review) Praise for "The Secret Life of Josephine" "Rollicking good fun." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Erickson has a deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail." --"PublishersWeekly.com" "History comes to life . . . thanks toErickson's amazing talents." --"Romantic Times" (4.5 of 5 stars) "Fans of Erickson's earlier historical fiction will enjoy this latest concoction." --"Library Journal"

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