I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

Ariel Lawhon / Sep 16, 2019

I Was Anastasia Countless others have rendered their verdict Now it is your turn Russia July Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov along with the entire i

  • Title: I Was Anastasia
  • Author: Ariel Lawhon
  • ISBN: 9780525496229
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Countless others have rendered their verdict Now it is your turn.Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad None survive At least that is what the executioners have always claimed Germany, Countless others have rendered their verdict Now it is your turn.Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad None survive At least that is what the executioners have always claimed Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name Anna Anderson As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.

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      • Ariel Lawhon

        Ariel Lawhon is the critically acclaimed author of THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS, FLIGHT OF DREAMS, and I WAS ANASTASIA Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections She is the co founder of SheReads and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab who is, thankfully, a girl.


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    1. "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." -Sir Arthur Conan DoyleMost people know the story of the execution/assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and the rest of the Romanov family in Elakterinburg, Russia at the hands of the Bolsheviks following the Russian revolution. Most have also heard of the woman (Anna Anderson) who claimed for years to be Anastasia Romanov and that she survived the brutal attack that claimed the lives of her family a [...]


    2. Those unfamiliar with the Anastasia Romanov/Anna Anderson story will find much to like in this fictional novel. It’s an effective introduction to the bizarre controversy surrounding two historical people. My experience was a bit different. As others have mentioned, Anastasia’s story is told chronologically while Anna’s story is told in reverse order. Given that this is well worn material, I understand that the author chose this structure for dramatic effect. However, I found it to be a con [...]


    3. The story of whether Anna Anderson was actually Anastasia Romanov has fascinated me since I was young. When discoveries were made relevant to this story, I followed them closely. Naturally, I was very excited to read I Was Anastasia, and I knew how the book would turn out (I am choosing my wording carefully because I do not want to spoil the ending for those unfamiliar with the tale). While I enjoyed the book, I had significant trouble following the story as it unfolded in I Was Anastasia. Lawho [...]


    4. I adored this book. It was cleverly constructed, expertly researched, deeply moving and I couldn't wait to get to it at the end of the day, which is when I read for pleasure. Highly recommend, folks.


    5. Remember the thriller recently written completely in a reverse timeline, and readers either tolerated it or hated it? I didn't mind it too much, once used to it. Well, in this book only half of it goes backwards in time, but it bothered me anyway. The chapters alternate between Anna Anderson's story and Anastasia's. The Anastasia chapters slowly lead up to when the Romanov family is executed in 1918, and Anna's go from 1970 to around the time of the executions. Only at the end do we know how it [...]


    6. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentaryI Was Anastasia marks my first experience with author Ariel Lawhon. I discovered the novel while compiling The Morally Questionable Green Hat and made note of it as the premise reminded me Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986). I was familiar with the history behind the novel, but I didn’t have any real expectations when I picked it up and was more than a little surprised when the book proved almost impossible to put aside.Lawhon’s style an [...]


    7. WOW! Just, a 5+ stars WOW!A big Thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing and the author Ariel Lawhon for an advanced ebook copy. “Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess.” This book was just exquisite! When I was around 12 years old I became interested in the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia/Anna Anderson story. And just young enough and romantic enough to believe Anna was truly the Grand Duchess and survived the Revol [...]




    8. 4.5 A Tale of Two Women Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeYears ago when I was a teenager I saw the movie Anastasia with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brenner. It captivated me. As I sat in my living room watching this Black and White film, everything about it was a wonder. The acting, the subtle romance between Yul Brenner and Ms. Bergman I was hooked. I then found Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanov and the Fall of Imperial Russia. It was a 1967 biography of the last royal f [...]


    9. WOW! Just, a 5+ stars WOW!A big Thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing and the author Ariel Lawhon for an advanced ebook copy. “Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess.” This book was just exquisite! When I was around 12 years old I became interested in the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia/Anna Anderson story. And just young enough and romantic enough to believe Anna was truly the Grand Duchess and survived the Revol [...]


    10. Brava, Ariel Lawhon, you have created a truly remarkable book--both in theme and in structure and, without revealing too much, in the amazing ending. Who wouldn't be interested in Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia? She's still an enigma and a mystery and the idea that she may have survived the massacre of the entire Romanov family is such a romantic notion. My mother-in-law was acquainted with Anna Anderson toward the end of her life when she was living in C [...]


    11. This is me reading at night for a bit on my kindle an ARC from @netgalley (thanks for the opportunity to read and Review)Anna and Anastasia, are they one in the same? I didn’t know anything about the Romanov family before reading this book but now I'm certain a history lesson is in order. I need to know who they are and what happened to them. The author does a wonderful job of telling a story that could have been hard to follow since it’s told almost backwards, Anna’s story at least, until [...]


    12. I loved this book so much I endorsed it officially! A wildly unique look at the dual mysteries of Anastasia Romanov and her possible imposter Anna Anderson results in a brilliant reimagining of two fascinating lives. Complex, exciting, and beautifully written, Ariel Lawhon never disappoints. Her impeccable research and lush prose make I WAS ANASTASIA compulsively readable. A fantastic novel.


    13. Beautifully written. I love how this story progressed and how strong Anastasia was portrayed. I enjoyed how the progression of the book was present to past. Lahon showed her soul with this book! I received this beautiful story from NetGalley for my honest review.



    14. Oh man. This book. I’m not going to lie - it took me a solid 100 pages to really find my groove but I promise it’s so intricately and wonderfully done. It’s worth it to push through the partial story in reverse that seems so tedious and confusing at first to be totally drawn into these two stories. Lawhon took a subject that I knew very little about and not only taught me but left me feeling invested in the lives of these women before me. I know I loved a book when I want to talk about it [...]


    15. DNF @ 20%Unfortunately I have to throw in the towel on this one at roughly the 20% mark. This book was just not for me as I had a very difficult following the story / time line and could not keep track of all of the characters. This seems like a really great historical fiction book and would typically be right up my alley. But I found myself confused more often than not and I was just not enjoying the book.Thank you to Doubleday and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book.


    16. SPOILER ALERT: It's almost impossible to review this book without spoilers. Takeaway for those who don't want it spoiled - historical novel that sacrifices depth and character development for a gimmicky structure. DISCLAIMER: I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Ok, if you want to know more, scroll downThis is my first experience reading Ariel Lawhon and I'm deeply disappointed. I've been reading historical fiction for over twenty years and have [...]


    17. A sad, fascinating account of a woman's claim to be Grand Duchess Anastasia whose family was massacred in 1918. Recommended.


    18. A special thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way affected by being given early access to this book. I don't even know where to start with this book. It is seriously a work of art. I have never read anything by this author but after reading this book, I will look up more of her work. She managed to write in second person and first person in such a fluent way. This is the story of Anna Anderson [...]


    19. I GIVE THIS BOOK, A GLOWING FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!First and foremost, Thank you Double Day Books for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of this honest review. I was a huge Anastasia nerd in high-school, I was fascinated by the whole history of events. I had always held up hope that Anastasia was alive, and that she had escaped that horrid night. So when I was pursuing Netgalley one night, and I saw this book pop up, I had to have it! I emailed Double Day, and requested the ARC on Netg [...]


    20. A marvel of historic fiction, there's nothing I can say about this book without a spoiler alert. I didn't like the non-linear timeline but I can see why the author chose it.


    21. I Was Anastasia: A NovelBy: Ariel LawhonI received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I’ve been interested in the story of the Romanov’s for a long time. I’ve read just about everything out there on the subject. Sadly, no matter how many books I read, the ending to this storied family is always the same. Each author is determined to paint the scene in that cellar. They are universally determined to elicit as much emotion from the reader as possible. Each author thinks [...]


    22. And what else, really, is a novel than a 350-page sleepover?Oh wow. WOW. I need to think about this one.More thoughts to come closer to the pub date!


    23. I received this book from Net Galley for free in exchange for an honest review. I was a kid when the animated Anastasia movie came out, so the story has always intrigued me but I never knew how it all turned out. This was a great way to find out. The narrative was basically two storylines, one going forward, the other backward, meeting at the point where you discover the answer. It was an interesting way to tell the story and didn't take me long to get used to. I enjoyed learning more about Russ [...]


    24. You are not prepared to read this book.I am sorn. The story is told moving forward chronologically by Anastasia Romanov, and backwards in time by Anna Anderson. Both are allegedly Anastasia, but you don’t know if Anna really is. And I hated Anna! Her attitude and the chip on her shoulder made it very hard for me to sympathize with her, but then I also kept thinking “but if she is Anastasia, then maybe she has a right to act this way?” It. Drove. Me. Crazy.Good on the author for telling the [...]


    25. I was a young girl when I first heard the story of a young girl who may've survived her assassination because bullets and bayonets couldn't get through the slew of jewels and baubles sewn into her clothing. Since then, I've read almost everything I could get my hands on about the last grand duchess. In every story, I can't help hoping for her survival, even though I'm aware of the scientific findings regarding the imperial family. I didn't, however, ever read about Anna Anderson. I couldn't tell [...]


    26. I Was Anastasia follows the story of a woman who spent her life fighting to be recognized as the imperial duchess Anastasia Romanov, said to have been killed along with the rest of her family in the Russian revolution. Concurrently, we hear the story of the Romanov's final days, as they are dragged from one prison to another.Overall, this book was just not for me. The author's play with time (the Anna story line is told backwards, while the Anastasia story line is told chronologically) was uniqu [...]


    27. A great retelling of the true life mystery of Anna Anderson and whether or not she was Anastasia Romanov. Told in flashbacks and moving backwards in time, the reader is kept guessing until the end. I've had a lifelong fascination with this true life mystery and learned many things I didn't know. A first-rate historical mystery.


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