THE LAST ROMANOV
Mossanen has a gift for bringing the atmosphere of an era to readers in a mystical, lyrical manner that quietly sweeps the readers away. Building on the mystery surrounding the execution of the Russian royal family, she has created an unforgettable cast of characters, including the beautiful old woman who believes she has uncovered the last Romanov. Her journey, told in poetic prose, is one of redemption and magic, glory, suffering and passion. Truly an intriguing read.
Darya is 104 years old, yet her beauty shines like that of a young woman. Long ago she was taken in by the Romanovs and became part of the luxurious court life. As part of the inner circle she experienced a rich life, one bound to the royal family. As Rasputin comes to “guide” Nicholas and Alexandra about their son, Alexis, everything changes. Rasputin’s prophecies force Darya to believe she is responsible for the family’s tragic demise, and she realizes she must be the one to find their last heir. Along the way Darya uncovers her past, the love of her life and a second chance at salvation. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 400 pp., $14.99)