Happy Memorial Day!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I go through phases sometimes when I read a book on a certain topic. When I read Romanov, I was ready to let the Romanov family go, so I decided to pick up another book on my to read shelf to continue reading about the family. I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon, is a work of fiction mixed with truth and is told from Anna Anderson’s point of view and from Anastasia’s point of view.
The description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“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.”
When reading this book, you may feel like the author is jumping around too much when she goes back and fourth between Anna and Anastasia. However, you have to understand the way the book is written. When the author is telling Anna’s story she tells it basically from end to beginning. While Anastasia’s is told from beginning from being held prisoner to when the family was executed. I honestly liked how she told the story like this, because it gives the reader a chance to judge if Anastasia really survived and also gives you an idea as to why Anna Anderson assumed Anastasia’s identity. Of course at the end the truth does come out, but it also gives you a chance to see Anna Anderson in a different light.
Now I will be the first to admit, I don’t know that much about Anna Anderson, just that she is known as one of the more famous Anastasia impostors, and that’s not a spoiler because if you are interested in the Romanov family, you know the truth of what happened that fatal night, and that DNA testing proved no one made it out of that basement alive. Still this story had me memorized and sucked in from the first page, and actually made me want to learn more about Anna Anderson’s life, and how much of this was true. I will warn you there are some hard scenes that have to do with rape and animal dying, but they are done in such a way it shouldn’t trigger anyone, but I just wanted to warn you because you don’t know how something will effect a person.
If you are interested in Anna Anderson and the Romanov family, than you need to pick up this book as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed, and you may even become interested in learning more about the real Anna Anderson like I was. Which if I ever discover a book that tells Anna’s true story, I will share it with ya’ll as soon as I find it!
Go on a trip to understand two woman that are trying to survive in the world my readers!