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by Carolly Erickson

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: Early 20th-century Russia

2008 Histroical Fiction Award Winner

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Anyone who ever wished for a happy ending for the Romanovs will find it in Erickson's reimagination of what would have happened if one Romanov escaped death. She chooses Tatiana, the second daughter of Nicholas and Alexandra, and creates an entertaining, believable story of a turbulent historical era and a passionate young woman's survival. Readers will enjoy suspending their disbelief for this winning romance.

Born into privilege and love -- but always under the shadow of
her brother's illness and the mysterious Rasputin -- Tania plays at romance and plans a future filled with happiness.
But World War I and the Russian Revolution end her dreams.

Even before rumbles of unrest reach the palace, she makes clandestine trips into the streets. Tania befriends an impoverished woman whose lover was killed by Cossacks and sees firsthand the people's anger building. As war
erupts, she's thrust from ballrooms
into hospital wards, tending the wounded -- loyal men like Michael, whom she
nurses and sends back to the front. When her family is taken captive by
the Red Army, Tania holds out for a glimmer of hope that Michael will
help them. Exchanging places with
a servant, she and Michael flee to Canada where, at 93, she tells her
tale. (St. Martin's, Oct., 324 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: October 2008

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